Setting Your Goals
If you want to live your life to the fullest potential in 2012, start setting goals.
Goal setting is a powerful process that allows you to have greater control over your future. Setting goals is like having a map to show you where you want to go and avoid getting lost in the process. With your goals in tact, you can drive straight to your preferred destination without any wasted time or wrong turns.
The process of setting goals
Start your goal setting with what you want to be, achieve and have in your lifetime. Then work your way through a series of lower level plans up to the things you will have to do on an everyday basis. By making this structure of your plans, you can be able to break the biggest plan you have into a number of smaller daily tasks to reach it.
If it is hard for you to set life goals, books, programs, seminars and trainings and coaches throughout Surrey and Sussex are available to help you achieve your desired plans.
After setting your goals, make a serious pact to follow it. You must refer to your life goals periodically so you can modify your short term goals according to your changing priorities and experience, and yet continue on towards your larger plans.
In setting life goals, here’s a guideline on how to make effective goals:
– write it down. Putting your ideas into paper will help you remember them. These ideas are helpful in reaching your goals.
– not too high, not too low. It is important that you set goals that are realistic because you shouldn’t be shooting for the moon. Just as important is not to set them too low. Set goals that will not make you lazy but motivate you.
– be positive. Express your goals in a positive statement. Even with this small detail help yourself to think positively about the future.
– be specific. Set a precise plan, including dates, times, and amounts so that you will know everything needed to achieve the goal and take pride from having achieved it.
In the process of following your life goals, create a support system. This is a critical step. You will need to support yourself to keep your focus on your goals. If you fail to get support, it may probably be the single reason why goals fail.
Final pointers on setting goals
Make sure to select goals that are really of great importance to you; those that are in agreement to your values; and give them a plan and a support system to make them reality. You must be the one to decide what to pursue and what direction you want to aim in life.
The most common goal (as part of a New Year resolution), is to be fitter, and more healthy, which may also include losing weight. All the extravagances through the Christmas festivities can take their toll!
Getting in trim combines maintaining a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
You’ve made the decision to lose weight as quickly as possible. You have your diet in place and you expect to follow it religiously. At this point, you may be wondering how much weight you can lose in a given week and whether fast weight loss can be dangerous for your body.
There are a number of things that can affect your weight loss. For instance, family history, or genetics, can play a significant role. Also, your weight loss may depend upon how much exercise you’re engaging in, as well as how much stress you are under. Your metabolism, or how quickly you burn calories, can also have a major effect.
Theoretically, you could lose as much as 1st a week. However, much of that weight could be water weight. That means that, once you go off your diet, you are likely to gain much of that weight back. Also, unless you engage in strength training, you will be losing muscle as well as fat, since about ¼ of the body’s weight consists of muscle.
Nature has a way of protecting the body against excessive weight loss. If, for instance, your calorie count suddenly drops, your body will compensate for the fact by reducing your metabolic rate. As a result, you’ll need fewer calories to maintain your weight. This explains why some people lose weight up to a point and then cannot lose any additional weight, no matter how hard they try.
Although the body has the capability of shedding a great deal of weight over a period of time, most medical experts agree that one should not expect to lose more than one or two pounds a week in order to remain healthy. However, doctors believe that the go-slow approach is best for long-term weight loss.
When trying to lose weight, don’t forget to exercise
It is claimed that half of all those who want to lose weight don’t exercise. Many people have sedentary jobs, working on computers, working at desks. They have little opportunity during their work days to move, let alone get up and stretch. At home, they may spend much of their time sacked out in front of a television set, or on their home computer.
However, studies have proven that the best weight loss plan combines sensible diet with exercise. Certainly, you can reduce your calorie intake. But it is also important to boost your metabolism, and that is best done through an exercise routine. Since you must burn a phenomenal amount of calories in order to lose weight, exercise is crucial to long-term weight loss success.
But what if you don’t enjoy exercise? How can you possibly start an exercise program?
In short, you need motivation. This can come from a variety of sources. For instance, you might want to play your favorite up-tempo music during your exercises. This can provide the incentive you need in order to get moving. Another motivator can be to exercise with your children in tow. This could mean doing star jumps with your kids, or jogging while you push a buggy.
A great strategy is to employ the services of an exercise coach or to join a gym or sports club. Another strategy is to base your exercise program on something you really enjoy. Even those of us who are not athletic usually have some physical activity that we look forward to, whether it’s volleyball or tennis, bowling or swing dancing. The type of activity isn’t as important as the fact that you are engaging in it regularly.
If at all possible, you should add strength training to your exercise regimen. Lifting weights can boost your metabolism, causing you to burn calories while also adding muscle to your frame. Strength training can also help you to guard against osteoporosis and other health problems.
You might also consider hiring a personal trainer. He or she can act as your coach, urging you on when you feel like quitting. A trainer can provide you with the inspiration necessary to achieve your weight goals. It has also been shown that those who employ a trainer reach their optimum weight faster than those who do not.
You should also prioritise exercise. You should mark it in your daily planner and stick to a regular exercise schedule. The important thing is to make exercise a regular part of your life. It should not be limited to special occasions, or those times when you are in the mood. It needs to be as regular as breathing.
In order to be a healthy person, you simply need exercise. And exercise is also beneficial to your mind as you begin your weight loss program. It can clear your head and help you to work out your frustrations. In short, it can give you a sense of accomplishment that will put you in the right frame of mind when trying to shed weight.