Column: Revisit and revise your goals
By Kathleen Connelly
How can this be? Four months have already passed in 2014. Are you like most people and you made some New Year’s resolutions? Now that you have settled into the year, have some or all of those resolutions gone back into the drawer to be pulled out again next year? There is still a way to plan for, take action towards and achieve those goals!
The first thing to do is prioritize. Take a look back at the resolutions you made and pick the one that is most important to you right now. Okay, now that you have figured that out, take that resolution and make it more specific. For example, if the goal is to lose weight, break it down into how much weight you are going to lose – or if the goal is to improve nutrition, what foods do you want to introduce into your diet? The more specific and realistic a goal is the more easily you can pick out the appropriate action steps.
Next is to take your specific goal and turn it into action steps. What specific actions are you going to do to start moving towards this goal? For example, losing 10 pounds turns into walking for 30 minutes every other day and eating breakfast every day. Improving nutrition turns into eating one serving of fruit at breakfast and eating one serving of vegetables at lunch and dinner. I believe in focusing on the positive instead of focusing on what you are giving up. Yes, certain aspects of your life will need to change for these action steps to occur, but nothing is off the table completely if you know that it is always your choice.
Lastly, decide when you are going to start your action steps and prepare accordingly. If eating fruit at breakfast is an action, make sure you have it in the fridge for each morning. On the days you are going to walk, set out your clothes and shoes in a convenient spot. Action is more easily done if we prepare ourselves, plan for it and create the environment that will make our actions successful. Your resolutions don’t have to be made year after year and never realized. Make them realistic for your life, make them something you feel positive about, turn them into specific action steps, prepare for those action steps and then go for it!