Health and financial goals are by far the easiest to measure. Today, you will be setting your one year health goals. It’s pretty remarkable what you can accomplish in one year, especially where your health is concerned. Look back on Day 4 to see what goals you set for your 10 year plan. What are the top three health goals you want to achieve over the next 10 years? Are any of them manageable to achieve within the first year?
My top three health goals are:
- Wear a single digit dress size.
- Run a 9 minute (or less) mile.
- Running a marathon.
I know, if I set my mind to it, I could do all three of these within one year. However, in an effort to avoid burnout, in my first year of my 10 year plan I am focusing on running a 9 minute (or less) mile. I’m sure the effort will help me move toward accomplishing my goal to wear a single digit dress size but that won’t initially be the focus. Why? There are six different areas of your life that you will focus on throughout your 10 year plan. Focusing too much on one area will hurt your efforts in the other areas in your life. Balance is key to avoid fatigue.
Once you’ve selected your goal…
Make smaller and more manageable goals. Add in measurable components and deadlines. Put tracking processes in place to monitor your progress. Writing down your progress, no matter how little (and even those not so good days where it feels like you are going backwards), will help you keep on track. In just one week, you’ll be able to see the small improvements. Just remember this isn’t a race. Be patient and be kind to yourself.
For example, since my goal is to run a 9 minute mile, I have set small goals to achieve each month. My initial mile speed was 12 minutes and 49 seconds. Slow, slow, slow. My plan is to work on sprints two times a week and time my mile two times a week, as well. Each time I run the mile, I record my time. Once I started working on improving my speed, I shaved 30 seconds off in just two weeks! The goal I set for myself for the first month was to shave off 20 seconds and I exceeded it in less time than I planned. Had I not set a goal and deadline to achieve that goal, I wouldn’t have stayed as focused.
I achieved my goal. Now what?
Celebrate! Celebrate every achievement you make. I, personally, celebrate by yelling, “Go Nikki” and doing a little dance. It’s okay, I know how it looks and I’m immune to the judgement. Learn to be your biggest cheerleader. Those voices in our heads don’t have to tell us to eat that cookie or drink a glass of wine. They can help you power through a workout too.
Cheers to health!
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