Thinking positive can be easier said than done. Goals are important, though. Most people who succeed in their long term weight loss goals have chosen their goals well, and pursued them with vigor. But how do you know if you’re setting the right goals for you? Here are some things to consider to help you decide if your goals are helping you or hurting you.
What are the words that you are using to express your goals? To really take a look at this it helps to keep your goals written down on paper. Do your goals contains the words no, not, never, stop, lose, limit, quit or reduce? These are negative words and they won’t help you to be successful in your weight loss goals.
The reason they won’t help is because the words are a negative distraction. If you are focusing on the things that you can’t have or the things that you never can have again, then your focus is on what to avoid and not what to aim for. Instead of saying, “I will never eat chocolate again,” it’s best to just keep what is bad for you out of sight and out of mind instead of putting so much focus on it.
The Set Up
It’s important to examine if your goals set you up for failure or success. This is fairly easy to determine. If you are creating an all-or-nothing situation for yourself then you will most certainly fail. You have to give yourself a little wiggle room, because mistakes are going to be made along the way. It’s how you learn and it’s important to use these lessons to help inspire you to keep moving forward.
When you think about your personal goals, try to frame them in a positive way. This will make reaching them easier and that will make you feel better about yourself and your goals. To do this:
- Focus on what is achievable. What do you really want that is realistic? This will help to create a positive momentum for you instead of fostering feelings of failure or deprivation.
- Check yourself (before you wreck yourself). When you are choosing to skip a day at the gym you need to ask yourself if the choice will help you to reach your goals or not.
- Give yourself some freedom. Life isn’t a ride that you have to white-knuckle in order to get through, and you can’t always resist what you really want. Give yourself a break.
Making goals is necessary to make changes in your life, but how you do it is almost as important as the overall goal. Be nice to yourself, but also challenge yourself in order to get where you want to go.
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