How to Actually Achieve Your Health Goals

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Hopefully you’ve made some goals for improving your health this year. (If not, there’s still time to set a few). It can be a challenge to achieve what we’ve set out out to do, but there’s a way to make it easier on yourself.

I believe the best way to actually achieve your goals is to start small. Notice, I’m not saying dream small, but start small. There’s a difference. I think you should dream big. Be ambitious. Push yourself. BUT, realize that it won’t happen all at once and right away.

For example, one of my client’s goals this year is to run a 5k race. For her, it’s a big goal. She’s not even sure if she can run 1k at this point. But that’s ok. She’s not going to go out and run 5k her first time out. We’re going to start small.

At first, she’ll try running 1k. Perhaps she’ll even run and walk the 1k. Then we’ll add a little more distance and a little more, until eventually after a number of weeks she’ll be running the full 5k.

The point is that while she has a big goal, she’s starting small. A little bit at a time. Building upon her successes.

The same principle can be applied with other health goals. For example, if your (ultimate) goal is to exercise 5 days a week, commit to 2 or 3 days. Schedule the time in your calendar and give yourself 2-3 weeks to create this new habit. Once you feel you’ve established the habit, add another day. Give yourself another few weeks to adjust to the extra day. Add again until you are at 5 days.

The reason why you should start smaller/slower is to give yourself time to re-adjust your lifestyle and behaviors. If you start with guns blazing you’re more likely to have a tough time committing, leading to feelings of failure, and ultimately giving up.

When wanting to eat healthier, again, the same concept applies. Start small. Choose 1-2 habits to work on. For instance, drinking more water and eating more vegetables. Get those habits fully ingrained and then move on to other habits.

I’ll be further exploring the concept of starting small in my digital course – 4 Steps to Achieving Your 2015 Health and Fitness Goals.

In this 4-week course, you’ll learn:

* The #1 secret to successfully reaching your goals – when all else fails, do this
* The real reason behind your goals … hint: it’s not always the obvious answer
* How to stay motivated
* The roadblocks stopping you from success and how to overcome them
* How to manage your expectations and change to a positive mindset
* The difference between short-term (temporary) success and long-term sustainability…and why that matters
* How to free up space so you can work on your goals

The Course runs for four weeks starting February 2 until February 23. You have the flexibility to go at your own pace, on your own time.

–> Register here (link: http://www.fithealthy365.com/goals-course/)

Each week you’ll get an Email Lesson with Worksheet along with a Video to guide you through the Worksheet. You’ll also be part of a Private Facebook Accountability Group where you can share your goals and struggles, be encouraged, and get ideas to help you succeed. There will also be One Live Q&A Webinar with Coach Lydia during the month.

I’d love to help you actually achieve your goals this year! Don’t put off investing in yourself.

–> Start achieving your goals. Sign up now

Digital Course - Achieve Your Goals

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Lydia Di Francesco is the Founder of Fit & Healthy 365 and Creator of the 15 Minute Workout Club, an online workout membership site. As a Certified Personal Trainer, Lydia educates clients and the public that healthy living doesn’t need to be complicated. She promotes simple, fun, exercise, self-care, and creating a healthy mindset with a long-term approach to wellness.

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