*This is Part III of the Series “Your Path to Wellness”
You’ve decided to get healthy! You’ve decided to make a change! So, you’ve explored your inner desires, you’ve done your vision board, you’ve written out your Wellness Vision and now we’re going to make sure there is a path to get there. I want to make sure you’re stepping on stones, not randomly walking in the dirt. Now is the time to move into Goal Setting! If you haven’t already read Part I and Part II of this series, please do so before moving on.
Train yourself to begin the habit of prioritizing the replenishing streams that breathe life into your soul and leave your bucket filled. ~Bill Hybels
Goal setting allow us to set a guiding path to our destination. Goals direct our attention, help us measure progress, energize the push in a positive direction and give us momentum to move forward.
In Wellness Coaching, I would typically help you set 3 month goals, but for this article, we’ll discuss weekly goal setting. Click Here for a goal setting sheet you can utilize each week.
To begin with, review your Wellness Vision. Ask yourself, “Where would I like to focus?” or “What specific changes to I want to see?” Start by setting 2-4 goals per week. This is a manageable range. Follow these steps:
- Once you have your focus, write your goal down in the SMART format – Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. Examples include: I will meditate for 15 minutes, 3 times this week at 9:00 a.m. I will exercise for 30 minutes on the treadmill, 5 days this week.
- Review your goals for challenges and/or barriers. As you examine these, begin to strategize on how to overcome them as they arise, because problems come up. Be prepared!
- Think about who will support you in this goal and who will hold you accountable. Jot this down.
- Use positive language.
- Consider your drives, desires, motivators, values and beliefs. Ultimately, these are what’s going to allow you to make changes that will last a lifetime, not just a few weeks.
- Finally, ask yourself “How confident am I on a scale of 1-10 that I will succeed at this goal?” If you aren’t above a 7 on the scale, reconsider and revise your goal so you are more likely to succeed.
As you complete your goals for the week, post them with your Wellness Vision. Each morning, spend a few minutes reviewing them and visualizing their completion. If you don’t complete a goal 100% by the end of the week, regroup and reset. Invoke self-compassion and move forward the next week.
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. ~Dr. Christopher Germer
Repeat this process of goal setting weekly. Always keep your Wellness Vision at the forefront. You can revise your goals or set brand new ones as long as you remain connected to the process and zoned in on where you’re headed. Have an awesome week! I’ll be rooting for your success!
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