How are your resolutions going? Did you even set any this year?
Given the uncertainty we still find ourselves living in, it can be hard to feel inspired and motivated right now. Setting goals can feel pointless because we can’t do so many of the things we want to do. But setting goals can also offer us something positive to focus on during this challenging time.
When I work with 1:1 nutrition clients I always start by asking them what they want to achieve by working with me, or more specifically how they want to feel. I then work with them to design simple diet and lifestyle changes which fit with their life and help move them towards how they want to feel.
A couple of weeks ago I was watched a ‘business goal setting masterclass’ with Vicky Shilling. She broke down goal setting into three simple steps: –
While watching the seminar I realised this is pretty close to the approach I take with my 1:1 nutrition clients, but Vicky had explained it in a beautifully simple and succinct way! So with Vicky’s permission, I am adapting her approach to business goal setting and applying it to healthy and wellbeing resolutions to hopefully inspire you. So if you’re looking for a way to not only create but also achieve your health goals in 2021, read on.
1. Set an intention for the year – how do you want to feel? What do you want to be different about your life in 12-months time and why?
Start by asking yourself what your long-term goal is, what does the life you want be living look like, how you want to feel in your body and most importantly WHY? This is your intention(s) and it should be your motivation to keep going when times are hard. You might want to write it down, record a video message to yourself or even create a vision board to illustrate your intention if that feels helpful to you. Try to have your intention(s) visible every day to help keep you motivated and focused.
2. Create measurable goals – what will make you feel that way? What specific goals could take you towards living the life you want?
Now is the time to get specific, what things would need to change to help you reach your intention? Try to be realistic and stick to things within your control – all our lives would be easier if the coronavirus disappeared but you can’t control that so don’t spend time and energy on it! Be specific with your goals and make them time-bound and measurable too.
Start with just a couple of goals which will take you towards your intention, don’t feel like you have to list and do everything all at once. Overwhelming yourself with too many goals is more likely to mean you do nothing! You may split your goals into quarters or months if you find that helpful.
3. Create actions to help achieve your goals
This is the harder part, once you’ve identified your goals, you need to decide the actions you can take which may help you achieve those goals, and take you closer to your intentions. Again start small with just a few actions. Researching what might help is a start or working with a professional can give you the personalised guidance you need, not to mention the accountability and support to achieve those actions.
Ensure these actions happen by making them an easy part of your everyday life. If something takes too much time or is too complicated, it’s less likely to happen. Some people like to have a tracker to literally tick off what they’re doing every day, others put actions into their diary to give them more significance. Or try pairing a new habit with an old habit which is already part of a daily routine to make sure it gets done.
4. Check back and find accountability
It’s all well and good setting intentions and goals but if you never check back in with yourself how will you know what you’ve achieved and more importantly if you’re any closer to your overall intention? Set a time in your diary to review your intentions and goals, maybe with a friend or family member for some accountability. Review what actions you have tried, what worked and what didn’t work and what you could maybe try instead.
I hope this is helpful to get you thinking about goal setting in a different way. But I also know that making changes to your diet and lifestyle can feel overwhelming. So if you’re still struggling why not set up a 1:1 call with me? I can help you with your goals and actions to create changes that move you towards feeling your best! I can also make a great accountability buddy to keep you motivated and on-track! Just imagine how different you could feel in 12-months time? To book a call please email me email@example.com