One Foot in Front of the Other

One Foot in Front of the Other

In a world where health is wealth, setting goals to improve our well-being is paramount. Whether it’s shedding those extra pounds, adopting a healthier diet, or committing to regular exercise, the journey towards better health begins with a single step. However, it’s the consistent actions we take that ultimately determine our success. 

One thing to consider before you start goal setting is that anything worth having is worth working for. It’s a fact of life that long-lasting things rarely come easy. This means that whatever wellness goal we envision for ourselves is going to require time, effort, and energy. If you recognize that from the start, then you’re setting yourself up with proper expectations and less disappointment.

“Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

So, if you say that you want to change your body composition, train for an event, or learn a new activity, are you willing to put in the work?

As you get real with yourself, here are three actionable steps to consider as you get started on following through and achieving your health goals:

Define Clear and Realistic Goals:

  • The first step in achieving any goal is to define it clearly. Be specific about what you want to achieve, whether it’s losing a certain amount of weight, lowering your cholesterol levels, or running a marathon. Ensure your goals are realistic and achievable within a reasonable timeframe. Setting unattainable goals can lead to frustration and demotivation. Break down your larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks to track your progress effectively.

Create a Plan of Action (and then deliver!):

  • Once you have established your goals, it’s essential to create a detailed plan of action. Identify the specific steps you need to take to reach your objectives. This could include meal prepping, scheduling regular workouts, seeking professional guidance, or incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine. Having a clear plan in place will provide you with direction and keep you focused on your health journey.

Cultivate Consistent Habits:

  • Consistency is key when it comes to achieving health goals. Focus on building sustainable habits that align with your objectives. Whether it’s exercising three times a week, drinking more water, or getting enough sleep, make these behaviors a non-negotiable part of your routine. Remember that small, consistent actions performed daily can lead to significant results over time. Stay committed to your habits, even on days when motivation is low, and celebrate your progress along the way.

Remember, every positive choice you make brings you one step closer to realizing your aspirations. So, take that first step today and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Stay tuned for more tips on following through next week.

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By Victoria Emmitt RD

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