How to Set Intentional & Attainable Goals in 2023
Set Goals that are Important to You
Make Them Measurable
A lot of the time when people make goals to “eat healthier” and “workout more” they never really happen because there are no metrics to keep track of. You want to make sure your goals are quantitative, or measurable. For example, your goal could be to eat 3 balanced meals each day, make sure you have someting green in each meal, cook your own dinner 4/7 days of the week, or eliminate highly processed foods from your diet.
Similarly, your fitness goal could look something like this: be active 3 days a week, go to a workout class once a week, pick up a new active hobby, or sign up for a workout plan. These are all just suggestions and examples for you to see how you can make your goals more specific so that they are easier to work towards.
Work Them Into Your Current Lifestyle/Schedule
Drastically shifting around your schedule or creating a completely new one is usually unrealistic. Look for ways you can implement your new goals into your current schedule. For example, if you work crazy hours or have kids, giving yourself a goal of working out for 1hr+ every day might be unattainable. Look for pockets in your schedule that you might normally use for downtime and see if you can squeeze in a quick 20-30 minute workout. Or, see if you can wake up 30 minutes earlier to get a little sweat in before work. Achieving goals doesn’t require a huge life change. It is usually small daily habits that build over time.
Don’t Over Do It
As previously stated, working towards your goals doesn’t have to be a drastic change. Make your goals realistic to you and your lifestyle. For example, if you are not a runner, it’s not very realistic to give yourelf the goal of running 3 miles every day. Start smaller and work your way up, maybe start out walking and work your way up to jogging, then focus on the distance as you build endurance. Basically this: you don’t have to go super strong right off the bat. Doing this usually results in quick burnout and eventually abandonment of the goal entirely.
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