Do you sometimes feel like your health goals are out of reach? In this post I’ll reveal 3 secrets for achieving health goals. While I wish someone had shared these secrets with me earlier in my life, it’s never too late to make positive changes!
First, let me ask you (and please be honest): Are you truly doing your best to achieve your health goals? In other words, are you taking action? And, are you taking action consistently?
This question is important because it’s so easy to lie to yourself about health goals. Maybe you tell yourself you’re moving toward your goal when you really aren’t doing a darn thing. Or maybe you falsely believe you aren’t any good at setting goals and sticking with them, so you simply stop trying. If any of this sounds like you, please contact me so we can get you on the right track.
Meanwhile, the real problem may be…
Beyond self-deception or limiting beliefs, the real problem could be that your goals are unclear or unrealistic. Of course, there can be other problems as well, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts. But, ultimately, if you start with a fully formed goal, you can organize your action items as small steps toward the goal. And that will will tip the odds of success in your favor.
The 3 “secrets” I’m sharing here are healthy, realistic ways of thinking about and managing your goals and goal-setting. When you integrate these ideas into your daily health routines you’ll not only manage your health goals more efficiently, but you’ll actually achieve them. Hint: You can apply these 3 secrets to the goals you set in other areas of your life besides health.
Secret #1: Embrace goal-setting as an ongoing process.
I’ve known people who get discouraged when they reach a goal because they feel like they still have even more work in front of them. I’ve also known people who get stuck once they’ve achieved a goal because they think they can rest forever: They adopt a “been-there-done-that mentality.”
Truth is, there’s always a need to constantly set new goals and challenges for ourselves in every aspect of life–not just health. When this need no longer exists, we’re no longer alive. The healthy thing to do is embrace goal-setting as an ongoing process. Accepting the dynamic nature of goal-setting makes it easier to meet your everyday, ever-changing health needs. And you’ll also continue to move forward, become a better person, and accomplish greater things (in addition to better health) than you can possibly imagine.Embrace goal-setting as an ongoing process.Click To Tweet
Secret #2: Think big, but not too big.
As an ambitious goal-setter, you may feel obligated to envision where you’ll be and what you’be doing in a month, six months, a year, five years, and even ten years from now. People love to set huge goals for themselves. While it’s great to have lofty, long-term goals (I tend to be a long-term thinker and planner myself), if your goals are too big, you may feel intimidated or discouraged more easily.
So, back it down. Shoot for a a goal that’s not quite so big. Short-term goals are just as important as long-term goals, especially when it comes to your health. By setting smaller, shorter-term goals and re-setting them step-by-step along the way, you can continue to motivate yourself and build momentum. Create small goals for yourself every few weeks. When you achieve them, you’ll feel like you accomplished something and you’ll be excited to reach for the next goal. Think of these smaller goals like stepping stones across a babbling brook; marking the path from where you are to where you want to be in a delightful, inspiring way.Think big, but not too big, about your health goals.Click To Tweet
Secret #3: Use affirmations to keep a positive outlook.
You can also use the power of affirmations to help you create and maintain the positive mindset you’ll need to take consistent action. Affirmations can help you keep a positive outlook while you work hard to reach your goals. If you’re not already familiar with the term, affirmations are short, concise, positive statements that you can repeat to yourself as often as needed to help you reprogram your mind for focusing on the positive actions you are taking.
Examples of affirmations for helping you stay focused on your goals include, “I am committed to achieving my goals,” or, “I have well-structured goals and I honor my deadlines.” It seems simple – and it is – but this way of focusing your thoughts can help you reach important milestones, and make you more resilient to any obstacles along way. Here are some more examples.Use affirmations the right way to maintain a positive outlook on your health goals.Click To Tweet
Side note on why I use and promote affirmations…
If you’ve bought into the nonsense that “affirmations are bogus,” or if you think affirmations don’t work, I invite you to think again. I’ve noticed that people who claim affirmations don’t work are doing one of two things wrong. They’re either making excuses for their own inaction, or they’re making a bold marketing statement to promote their own signature coaching process or program that actually includes a variant of … wait for it… affirmations.
That’s because affirmations work! I’ve experienced their effectiveness in my own life and coaching practice. Yes, affirmations must be used correctly and appropriately. And yes, they are best used in combination with other transformational tools. I stand firm in my belief that affirmations, when used correctly and appropriately, are effective tools for supporting change — particularly, behavior change.
I believe affirmations have received unfair negative labels by people who misunderstand their purpose, proper creation, and appropriate use. While affirmations are NOT a substitute for action, they are a reminder of, and a call to, action. Affirmations are a powerful way to align one’s physical energies with a desired emotional/spiritual outcome.
My thoughts on this topic lie far beyond the scope of this post. Suffice it to say that I believe affirmations are a valuable tool for locking in behavior changes, which are often play a big part in our health goals.Affirmations, when formed and used correctly, can help you focus your intentions, align your actions, and evaluate your outcomes in ways that help you stay on track and achieve your goals. Click To Tweet
Make these 3 secrets yours.
So there you have it: 3 secrets revealed for achieving health goals. You can start using them today for a new focus on your clear, concise, and actionable goals and the positive mindset that keeps you moving forward and building momentum.
Which of these secrets do you think will help you the most? How will you make them yours? I’d love to hear your ideas. Leave your comments below.