The Best Way to Set Healthy Goals

We all have a vision of how we want to look, feel, and act. Smart goal setting, detailed planning, and a system of support and motivation can take you from thinking about getting healthy to living that vision of a healthy you that’s floating around in your brain. We’re going to show you the best way to do that in this article.

Set your vision

First, think about what you want to achieve. Be specific. Go a little further and ask yourself why you want to achieve this goal. What specific, detailed reasons do you have?

This is the heart of your vision, your finish line where you are satisfied with yourself and energized. Get in touch with the deep, emotional reasons for your success.

Set your goals

When you begin to piece together your goals and plan, be both kind to yourself and realistic. What are the most important outcomes of making this change for you? How can you get there in the most painless way possible? The secret to habit-changing success is to make it easy.

As you list your most important outcomes of this process, think of them as your goals. Break each of the outcomes down into separate goals that you are invested in achieving.

Make sure that your goals are SMART:

  • Specific, measurable
  • Actionable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound.

Those elements come together to make goals that can be planned and measured and, therefore, lead to success.

Get tactical

For each goal, write a one to two sentence strategy. Keep it concise.

After writing a strategy for each goal, list out specific things you’ll do to achieve that goal. These are your tactics. Think of everything you can do to execute your strategy.

How can you remove obstacles and barriers from your life to make way for goal attainment?

Make your plan

To be successful and efficient in achieving your goals, you need to figure out how your new tactics will fit in with your daily routine. What needs to change for you to do these tactics? Are there things you need to buy? Space you need to make? Schedule shuffling to do? How can you most easily and seamlessly incorporate these tactics into your current life?

This may take you a while to complete. Take your time and be thorough and detailed. Planning out your path to success now, while you’re motivated, will save you from difficult and tempting situations, setbacks, and, let’s be honest, a little laziness, in the future.