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02 Mar

Setting and Sticking to Goals

We all start the year with a resolution to be fitter and healthier. But let’s be honest, most of us have already forgotten our New Year’s Resolutions, and its only February. This is because they are generally drastic and unachievable. Below are some tips and ticks to resetting your goals and sticking to them, so you can make 2021 your year.  

From the outset, which we will cover more than once, it does not have to be a massive change, every little bit helps. No matter how healthy you might think you are, all of us need to constantly be reminded to have a think about the little ways we can improve our health and wellbeing. While we will be focused on physical health, these principles can be applied to all areas of your wellbeing. After all the World Health Organisation defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. Make sure that you get the support you need, whether from friends/family or a health professional.

1. Write Down Your Goals

Writing down your goals can help you visualise what you want and why you want it. It can act as a reminder when times get tough, keeping you motivated and accountable to yourself. Remember to use positive language. For example, I am going to do a 10km run this year, not I might, or I want to. Positive language has power because you can see yourself achieving the goal.

2. Take A ‘Bite-Sized’ Approach

The good thing about a New Year’s Resolution is you have an entire year to make it happen. Break down your goal into smaller goals. Using the example above, you can jog around the block each day, adding a block each week. By the end of the month, you will be jogging four blocks with ease and completing a 10km run in no time. Small changes do add up and by the end of the year you will be exactly where you want to be. This bite-sized approach makes reaching goals less daunting and more achievable.

3. Involve Others

You don’t have to do it alone. Involving others can be as easy as walking with friends and family or joining one of our Move It NQ events. Not only will this be a source of motivation and make achieving your goals more enjoyable but will also keep you accountable to others and not just yourself. Even if you have differing goals, working together can help you both achieve more.

4. Monitor and Readjust

Life happens but it is no reason to give up on your goals. Changing how you get to your goal is often needed. Instead of throwing in the towel, readjust the timeframe or the strategies you might need to get there.

5. Make It Enjoyable

Don’t train for a marathon if you hate running or do a grapefruit diet if you hate grapefruit. A goal should be meaningful to you and provide a sense of pride and achievement. 

You don’t have to wait till next year to try again. Now is the perfect time to readjust. So, what are your health goals and how are you planning to achieve them this year?

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