How to set goals you can stick to

This week in my Nourished 365 membership club I ran a workshop all about goal setting. We worked on setting health and wellbeing goals for the next 90 days that are true to you, and that you can actually stick to. I’d like to share 3 tips to help you get really specific on what you want your goals to be and steps you can take to help you achieve them.

Why do we need goals?

Goals help us move from where we are now to where we want to get to. If you don’t set goals and map out a clear direction to move in, you’re most likely going to end up stuck where you are. This lack of progress can lead to feeling like you’ve failed.

Tip 1: Be specific with your goal and state it in the positive

A really broad goal can be overwhelming which can lead to inaction. If your goal is around exercise, rather than saying you want to exercise more, be specific – how many times a week do you want to exercise and what type do you want to do?

I hear lots of people with negative goals like ‘I want to stop eating rubbish’ or ‘I want to stop snacking’. It can really help to turn this into a positive goal such as ‘I will eat a nourishing snack in the afternoon’.

Tip 2: Identify 3 things you need to do to make your goal a reality

Break down your goal into smaller tasks to create a roadmap of where you are going and how you are going to get there. If your goal is to exercise 3 times a week, schedule time in your diary; ensure you’ve got the right equipment; and track your exercise so you can tick off when you complete it. Think of what you can do to make it easy and achievable.

Tip 3: Identify anything that could derail you from your goal

There are always going to be events in life that are going to potentially derail you like birthdays or holidays. These events can cause anxiety and make you think that enjoying them is going to put you back to square one. However if you allow yourself to enjoy them, but know that you will get straight back to working towards your goals afterwards, they don’t have to be obstacles that stop you reaching your goals.

I hope you found those tips helpful. If you want more support in achieving your goals for your health and wellbeing, get yourself on the waitlist for my membership club, Nourished 365, which will be opening its doors again in September www.laurengayfer.com/nourished

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