Do you have a wellness and/or health goal that you’ve been talking about for days, weeks, months or even years? You know you want to lose X pounds or you need to break free from the sugar handcuffs that bind you and you know exactly how you’re going to do it. Here’s the conversation we’ve all had in our heads. ”Tomorrow I’m going to…”
- Join a gym
- Stop eating double bacon cheeseburgers every day
- Start eating kale
- Cut out sugar – no more donuts!
- Go on a low-carb diet that all your co-workers have been talking about
- Throw away all the ice cream in your freezer
- stop driving past The Golden Arches after work and grabbing a small fry
The list goes on and on. And when we don’t do all these things, we beat ourselves up over having no will-power or no motivation. It’s a vicious cycle.
We all instinctively know what we should do but when it comes to actually following through, life happens. We get busy, our boss throws another project on our desk, we get stressed, the kids start school soon, we forgot to go grocery shopping and Ben & Jerry’s is staring us in the face! Ohhhh, how I love Ben & Jerry’s.
Here’s a quick, simple tip that may help get you on track with your goals without the added guilt trip.
Start with what I, as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach like to call “Tomorrow’s Intentions” journal. Setting clear, concise, and actionable intentions is critical for making your dreams become your reality. Intentions force you to get clear on your goals and to set the goal into forward motion. Many people write intentions for the future, without thinking about the short-term steps to bring your long-term intentions into reality.
Spend some time tonight – yes TONIGHT – considering your long-term health and wellness intentions. Then, consider how you might break ONLY ONE of these goals down into several smaller short-term intentions. Write out your long-term goal and short-term intentions in a “Tomorrow’s Intentions” journal and commit to tackling your goals one small step at a time.
Here’s an example of what it would look like if your goal might be I have a goal of losing 10 pounds before my daughter’s wedding 30 days from today.
Day 1 – Tomorrow’s Intentions -I will park as far away from my office as possible and walk to the office front door – And then DO IT!
Day 2 – Tomorrow’s Intentions –During my lunch hour I will make a dinner menu for the next week and go grocery shopping after work to get everything I need for this week’s healthy menu. And then DO IT!
Day 3 – Tomorrow’s Intentions – I will bring my gym shoes to work and during my lunch break, I will get outside and walk for 30 minutes. I will also bring my own, healthy lunch to work. And then DO IT!
Breaking goals down into small, but meaningful intentions is a great way to get you on the path to the health and wellness goals you’ve always wanted. And by breaking them down into daily actions, you’re more apt to stick with it and make it a healthy lifestyle change! And please, please keep the focus on progress over perfection.
Keep me posted on your progress, I’ll be here cheering you on!