As December winds down, many people set their “resolutions” for the new year. A large number of these goals are health related. The two most popular resolutions are “lose weight” and “exercise more”. “Eat healthy” is another one we hear often.
These are certainly worthwhile goals, but “I will lose weight” is a problematic resolution because it is too general and vague. What’s the plan, Stan?
A goal needs to be specific, for example: “I will lose 15 pounds by June 1st.”
Making this one tweak in your thinking about the change you want to make, will also enable you to take the next step, which is formulating a work-plan to achieve your goal. This plan needs to be detailed and include:
- Milestones (lose 5 pounds by February 15th, accumulate a total of 50 miles run by March 1st)
- Measurable activities (eat every 3 hours, drink water when I wake up, buy only organic milk)
- Tracking and a feedback mechanism (this can be as simple as pen and paper, or a mobile app, hint hint…)
Make a very specific New Year’s resolution and create a work-plan to achieve it.
What’s your health related resolution for 2014?
How will you go about ensuring your success?