Think about the different areas of your life -- financial, physical, and intellectual -- as pieces in a puzzle. When one or more pieces are missing, you can't see the entire image. Wellness is similar. When one area is weak, your goal of total wellness cannot be achieved. Every piece counts.
Goal setting is a powerful technique that can yield successful returns in every area of your life. Achieve them, and not only will you be happier and more satisfied, but you'll be more productive in the areas that matter most in your life.
1. Set goals that fit your lifestyle and what you want to achieve. Set two or three goals in one area, or one in each of several areas. If you have more than one goal in an area, assign a priority to each one. Set attainable goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, establish a healthy long-term plan of losing one to two pounds per week, not 30 pounds a month. Think achievement!
2. Have a balance of short-term and long-term goals. Smart, short-term goals will actually help you achieve your more difficult, long-term goals. And make sure they're your goals, not someone else's. Write them down. A goal is only a wish if it isn't written down.
Now that you've set your goals, follow these simple steps to achieve them.
1. Stay on course by keeping a record of your progress. At the end of the day, or first thing the next morning, make a note of how you are doing. This will help you establish patterns that work. For example, Mondays and Wednesdays may be your best days to work out, while Thursdays are easiest for family gatherings. Work on your goals accordingly.
2. After you've reached a milestone, reward yourself. The reward is up to you.
3. Don't give up if you don't succeed the first try. Remember, Thomas Edison tried more than 1,000 different filaments before he successfully created the light bulb. Sometimes reaching your goals will take that level of determination.