Whether you’re looking to lose some pounds, cutting back on caffeine, reducing stress, getting more sleep, or any other type of health-related goal, it’s so important to figure out how to successfully achieve these goals. Anyone can agree that achieving health goals is far from an easy feat. It takes a lot of time, patience, cutting out bad habits and triggers, plus it tends to be a mental challenge overall.
Everyone wants to live a long life, but in order for that to be achieved, they need to first switch to having a healthier lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle can be one of the biggest challenges a person can face amongst themselves. Any health journey is difficult, but it’s especially difficult knowing that you’re probably your own worst enemy.
Achieving health-related goals tends to be difficult mostly due to the fact that it’s entirely one large mental challenge. This includes cutting out triggers, breaking away from habits, finding better alternatives, having patience, and most importantly, constantly pushing ourselves to improve. During any health-related journey, there are going to be plenty of setbacks. This journey is filled with plenty of difficult obstacles, but in the end, the real test is not abandoning health and wellness goals. There are some tips for sticking to your health-related goals so you can form long and healthy habits for your life.
Figure out what goals you’re wanting to achieve
When it comes to starting up your health journey and achieving your health-related goals, it’s first important to determine what goals are realistically achievable for you. You don’t need to have any sort of time frame (it’s not recommended actually) in order for you to achieve your goals. But it is very important to create an achievable goal. Let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds, while losing 50 pounds isn’t an unrealistic goal it’s important to realize it would take a lot of time. So instead of just focusing on 50 pounds, you can encourage yourself by taking it a step further and breaking down this goal. You can break this large goal down into small goals, small milestones to reach such as 5 or 10 pounds.
Try out the SMART Goals
The SMART system is often used for businesses and self-improvement, it can be exceptionally helpful when trying to achieve health-related goals. The SMART analysis can allow you to see your goals from a different perspective and the likelihood of achievement. THE SMART stands for:
1) Specific: What are the specific goals that you’re wanting to reach
2) Meaningful: Why are you wanting to achieve these health goals? What are some ways that will allow you to achieve them?
3) Attainable: What would some steps be for you to achieve these goals?
4) Realistic: It’s so important to be realistic with your goals. Creating hard-to-reach goals is going to set you up for failure. But it’s also important to realize that there will be setbacks and for any journey, this is only going to be expected.
5) Time: Are you going to give yourself time to achieve this goal? Do you have a specific date that you’re hoping to achieve your goal?
Using the SMART analysis will drastically help in setting up realistic goals. This approach is going to help in setting up very specific goals which will help them become far more obtainable. This way, you’ll be able to easily track progress and measure milestones.
Do thorough research
Sometimes doing research on how you want to and how you plan to achieve your goals can make the journey much easier. If you’re someone who wants to quit smoking, then it may be best to look into how it can be achievable. If you’re wanting to build muscle, then you’ll want to look at how many calories to consume, what products can help, and what would be some of the best workouts. Doing thorough research will let you read about other people’s journeys to achieving their goals plus it’s going to give you an idea of how you can get started with yours. Research can make your journey much easier and it can be a way to guide you in the right direction as well. Just be sure to look into credible sources and don’t believe anything that some social media posts say.
Start with steps
When it comes to any goal, it’s important to have it in small steps. Small steps will make even the biggest of goals far more achievable. Breaking down this one large goal into smaller goals will make it far easier, obtainable, and possibly even faster to reach. Incremental steps will also take the pressure out of achieving this goal because the smaller steps have the potential of turning into habits.
If you’re wanting to lose 50 pounds for instance, then you’ll want to make some small goals to achieve that. This can include trying to lose 5 pounds each month, walking for thirty minutes every day, cutting out soda, eating more leafy greens, and so on. Breaking this major goal down into small goals is going to be much better for your mental health since you are making changes that impact you for the better.
When it comes to the journey of achieving the major goals in life, it’s best to understand that almost any journey is going to be far from a smooth ride. It’s going to be chaotic, containing lots of ups, downs, and possibly a fork in the road. It’s okay to temporarily fall off the wagon, it’s okay to take breaks. What matters is just continuously pushing yourself and understanding that It’s entirely up to you to create the goals that you’re wanting to achieve. Only you can achieve your own goals, nobody else can do that. It’s also important to understand that reaching healthy goals doesn’t mean you have to cut out the things you love.
If you’re someone who enjoys eating ice cream, but you’re in the process of losing weight, then understand it’s fine to eat ice cream sometimes. If you’re someone who is looking to cut out caffeine, then it’s fine to have a cup of coffee or a can of soda from time to time. Being persistent is pushing yourself, but it’s also allowing yourself to gradually have less and less of the things you like. You can still enjoy what you once had, but it’s all about moderation. If you make a mistake, just get up and keep trying.
Look into creating habits
One of the easiest ways to follow through with health-related goals is to create habits out of them. This means incorporating them into your daily or weekly routine and finding ways to enjoy them. If you’re someone who utterly despises working out, then it’s best to learn more about Shay Mitchell and that style of working out. If this isn’t your cup of tea or you’re also just too disinterested in visiting a gym, then it’s important to look into other ways to enjoy working out. There are video games such as boxing or Dance Dance Revolution that are known for kick starting weight loss.
Some fun ways to exercise can include dancing, trampolines, hula hoops, cycling, and jump rope. In general, if you want to get into forming a healthy habit that can be a consistent part of your routine, then it’s important to find a way to make it enjoyable. Feeling like you’re having to punish yourself is no healthy way to think of achieving goals. But if you enjoy what you do, it makes things a lot easier and it can even be something to look forward to.
To achieve inner peace when working towards your health goals, it’s important to understand that slow and steady is what will win the race. Taking things one step at a time and going slow is going to make it work out. While this may sound as if it will take forever (and it won’t) it’s important to have patience.
Patience is key to succeeding with your goals. It’s important to have a healthy body and mind and there may even be things you didn’t know about your body and health. It’s important to not try and rush things as that’s not going to work. You just have to stay calm and focus on just keeping to your routine. Don’t be too hard on yourself, take care of yourself, and overall, just be patient because change is happening.
Keep a record of your progress
No matter what your health goals are; losing weight, gaining muscle, cutting out junk food, getting more sleep, or anything else, it’s important to record your progress. Recording your progress is going to let you take a look back to see how far you’ve come along. A lot of people complain that they’re not seeing results and they begin to get tempted to just give up on their goals.
For many people, they are achieving their goals but they can’t see it themselves. This is why recording your progress is so important. You can mark your progress on a chart, in a goal app, or even take some pictures of yourself. Recording your progress is going to let you see how far you came along in your journey and it’s also going to let you see how close you are to obtaining your goals.