Today's Small Change: AIM for success.
Setting Smart Short-term and Long-term Goals
As you work your way through Healthy Living , you probably have a long-term
goal or two in mind. Whether these goals consist of losing weight, improving
your fitness level, or finding balance in your daily life (or all of the
above!), it's great to know what kind of "big picture" you're aiming for.
But it's also important to set smaller, short-term goals that you can strive
for and achieve along the way. Accomplishing these smaller goals will help
you feel rewarded for your efforts, and it can help you stay motivated over
the long haul.
The key is to set smart goals that you can realistically achieve. Your goals
should be Attainable, In line with your priorities, and Measurable and
specific (AIM for short).
You'll want to make sure that the goals you set are attainable, or realistic
Biting off more than you can chew will just set you up for failure and
disappointment. So aim to set a goal you can actually reach. When you have
success with one small goal, you can look forward to setting another.
You'll also want to make sure that the goals you set are in line with your
priorities. Decide, for example, whether it's more important to incorporate
your physical activity into time you spend with your family (in which case a
nightly walk with your children may work nicely) or to use it as time for
yourself (in which case a solitary jog or yoga practice may be a better fit)
Finally, make your goals as specific as possible. Rather than just saying "I want to get in better shape," aim to be able to walk a certain distance, jog a mile at a certain speed, or swim a certain number of laps. With specific, measurable goals like these, you'll know exactly what you're aiming for...and you'll know when you've gotten there!