(bobbys healthy blog) The first thing you must consider when turning over a new leaf and heading into the world of natural health is what is it you want to achieve? Goals are important and as with many things in life if you don’t have a clear set of goals it will soon become hard to focus on what you’re trying to achieve.
Some of you may be looking to improve your health after years of fast food and ready meals, in which case some good goals would be to eat organic vegetables and shed a few stone by getting regular exercise. But for others who are already well on their way to a healthy lifestyle it can become harder to know what you need to achieve to get to where you want to be. In this article we will cover setting clear distinctive goals and look at ways to make sure you achieve them.
What is a goal?
A goal is simply the act of establishing a set of specific yet achievable tasks to help you manage your time. They also offer a sense of direction and purpose as well as narrowing down choices leaving you free to concentrate on what you believe to be the most important tasks at hand.
It is very important to make sure your goals are achievable as there is nothing to gain from setting yourself impossible goals apart from stress, and that’s not going to help us on our route to being healthy.
What goals will work for me?
This is a personal question you must ask yourself, there are no right or wrong answers but the goals you set will have a direct effect on your life so it’s wise to take your time when setting them. As I mentioned earlier for people with a bad diet there are some rather obvious goals, as with people suffering with specific health conditions. But what if you’re a healthy person with a great diet and plenty of exercise? Well this is where you need to think about things from a more in-depth perspective. Perhaps you want to make the leap from a vegetarian to full vegan diet? Maybe you would like to be able to push yourself further in your favourite sport, or just make sure you’re going to be around long enough to see your grandkids through university? What ever your goal is you will need to break it down into smaller achievable steps.
For example, if you wanted to compete in next years London marathon there are a number of small goals you would want to set which will then lead you to achieve your main ambition.
1st, jog two miles every evening for a month after which increase distance by 1 mile a month
2nd, work out an organic diet that includes all the food needed to help with endurance
3rd, join the local gym and make sure you visit at least three times a week for a full work out
4th, if you’re doing the marathon in support of a charity set your self a goal of gaining sponsorship from at least 5 people a week.
After setting your goals in place you now have a clear set of objectives that will not only help you make the most of your time but also keep you on track giving you the piece of mind that when the time comes you will have done everything in your power to make sure you’re ready for the challenge.
Achieving your goals
We all know how easy it is to start a project with good intentions only to realize later down the line that you got distracted by other events and you’re once important project got set aside.
I have found that one of the best ways to avoid this is by telling people about your goals.
What you will find is that by telling your friends and family they will start to ask you about your achievements not only will this remind you of your goals on a regular basis but you will actually feel a sense of guilt if you have to admit that since last time you spoke with them you have done very little in the way of keeping up with your agenda.
Another great way to keep your goals fresh in your mind is to print of a list using a big bold font and stick them up around your home. Once a week rewrite your list making any small changes or additional goals, this will help to keep your list relevant over long periods of time.
How long should it take me?
Setting timeframes for health goals is highly dependent on your starting point, but some general indications are:
- Allow yourself 1 week per kg of weight you want to lose.
- Allow yourself 3 months to get in to peak physical fitness.
- Allow yourself at least 6 weeks to quit a habit like smoking, and maybe even longer for alcohol and drug dependency.
It may take up to 12 months to start ‘feeling’ healthy and energetic or overcome some other particular health ailments, again depending on your starting point.