With every new year, you’ll hear people say New year, new me in multiple occasions. This points to resolutions they’re making to bring about some major changes in their lives; things like eating healthier, lose weight, getting a personal trainer, paying off debt or traveling more. Whether or not we believe in resolutions, this time of the year inspires us all to reflect and figure out ways to improve….
For this new year, GOH would like to invite you to think about goal setting differently. In order to reach a goal, you must first develop the habit that will guide you to the right actions. What do you need to change? Look at your past for insight into what you can improve. Behavioral psychologists tells us the three things we must do to succeed in our goals:
1. You MUST make the new goal EASY to do for at least the first 2 weeks. (Example – make a plan to exercise 2 x a week and eat healthier 3 x week). Because you are trying to establish a conditioned response, you need to practice the new habit for at least 8 weeks before it will stick on its own and become automatic. Then you can improve it even further.
2. Dont wait for January or December to revisit your goals. If you make a plan and take action, you need to receive feedback at every step along the way. Create the habit of reviewing your goals regularly. For example at GOH we offer monthly dietitian coaching appointments and a weekly weighing/motivational coaching moment as well. This will help you stay on the right track and book results.
3. When it comes to reaching your goals, think about your progress. Dont worry if its taking longer than you thought. Did you learn new things? Did you get closer to the big picture? Every step you take counts and if you learn to track your actions and implement the feedback, you will get there faster.