Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields and it can also be used by you to achieve your goals and dreams this year. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses you on a step by step plan with check points along the way so that you can gain the skills and knowledge that you need, organise your time and priorities and measure your progress so that you know you are on track to achieving your goal.
For example, instead of having “Lose weight this year” or “get fitter” as a goal, it’s more powerful to say “It is December 2011 and I am feeling fantastic as I have lost 20 kilograms this year and I can fit into my favourite jeans” or “It is June 2011 and I am feeling fantastic because I just ran 5km non stop”. Obviously these goals will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!
The problem lies in the fact that when you make one giant resolution (goal) in December for the year ahead, that goal is way too big and vague to actually materialize. When you decide that you want to lose weight and get in shape next year, that is a fantastic goal and resolution to set, because you and people close to you will benefit when you achieve that goal.
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps it’s because escape is easier than change.”
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. He is a registered naturopath with the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and works with clients from all over the world via video or phone consultations. He is a degree qualified naturopath from the Endeavour College of Natural Medicine in Australia with 18 years of experience. He uses advanced testing methods, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, and lifestyle advice to help you stay healthy. He is a Kalish Method-trained practitioner that keeps updating his education with Chris Kresser. Michael completed Dr. Terry Wahls practitioner training program, a 12-month program with ongoing training that helps understand the underlying cause and treatment of MS and autoimmune conditions. He keeps up to date with the latest research into health and natural medicine through the Metabolic Fitness Pro course with Dr. Bryan Walsh.