They keep us motivated and give us a sense of satisfaction when we achieve them. They keep us moving.
Think about it.
When we're working towards a promotion at work, saving for a holiday or studying for our profession it's very easy to stay motivated. We might get a little distracted sometimes, but we mostly keep ourselves on track because we know there will be a payout at the end.
It makes sense.
We also know that when we're healthy in body and mind, we're a whole lot more productive and likely to reach our goals too.
So why don't we have health-related goals too?
Mostly, because they're hard to articulate. There's not always an obvious result at the end either. How do we measure health and how do we know when we've achieved it?
Just saying we want to 'be more healthy' is not enough. Breaking up a big goal like 'becoming more healthy' into smaller, more manageable chunks is important.
We need focus. We need a goal. Create one, clear goal and see where it takes you. Grab one of these if they take your fancy:
I want to eat five serves of vegetables each day
I want to be able to run 5k by the end of July
I want to lose 2kg this month
I want to learn how to stand up paddle-board
I want to meditate everyday this month
I want to train for a 10k race
Whatever it is, just write it down. Say it out loud. Own it.
Then try to stick to it. That's the hard part.
It happens all the time. We start something like the Couch to 5k running program feeling positive and motivated but by Week 4 we've had enough. We join a gym at the start of the year but by April we're barely going at all. No one will notice if we give it away, so we do. Same goes for weight loss. It's easy enough at the start when we see results on the scales each week but what happens when the weight loss slows down? It's hard to keep at it, isn't it?
Having a goal is important, but having a cheer squad is important too. Having someone we can discuss the ups and downs of our journey, celebrate our successes and problem solve when things get hard is key to success. Being held accountable is also vital. When we publicly declare we're going to do something, we're much more likely to follow through.
That's why I created The Healthy Bunch. It's a Facebook group where we can share our healthy goals and then help each other stick to them. It's supportive and friendly, and a great way for us to old ourselves accountable too.
The goals don't have to be food or nutrition related. They can be anything from starting a new exercise or activity to embracing meditating and mindfulness.
Don't have any goals yet? That's okay too. Maybe someone else's journey will inspire you to yours.