Make an honest list. Many of us have one or two harmful habits that affect our wellbeing in a not so healthy way. Alcohol, cigarettes, excessive sugar cravings, soda and late nights can have a detrimental effect on your health. In order to get on the road to health, you have to take an honest look at yourself, faults and all so you can figure out where improvements are needed.
Make small goals. Setting small goals makes it easier for you to tackle the changes that need to be made. Choose something off your list that you can complete easily, like giving up soda. If you drink 3 sodas a day, cut back to 2 cans for one week. Next week cut back to 1 can. Before you know it, you can kick the soda habit.
Use replacements. Often times, cutting something out of your life just isn't going to work. You need a crutch. Quitting smoking is one example. If you are going to give up smoking cold turkey, you may need to replace the bad habit with something else like sugarless gum or candies. Planning ahead will make you more successful.
Set measurable goals. Setting the goal to exercise more is all nice and fine, but what does that really mean. Does it mean you will walk 20 minutes everyday, or run on your treadmill for 30 minutes twice a week? Decide what it is you actually want to achieve and write it down. Make out a schedule. When you know exactly what it is you want to achieve, it makes it easier to know whether or not you are attaining that goal.
Set time limits for your goals. Setting a date to achieve your goal makes you hold yourself accountable. This will only work for you if you set realistic time limits. If your goal is to be walking 4 miles a day in two months, then make out a schedule that you can stick to and track your progress. Making a schedule will also help you visualize yourself attaining that goal. Visuals are a great motivator.
The key to success is to tackle one goal at a time. Once you have mastered one, move on to the next and keep that momentum going. By setting small realistic goals, you can be successfulSetting your goals high is admirable, but they will more than likely be hard to attain. You can't expect everything in your life to change over night. Remember, it took time, maybe years for you to accumulate the bad habits you now want out of your life. It may take the same amount of time to accomplish everything on your list. It can be done with a little planning. Here are a few ideas to help you set your goals to a more realistic level thereby making them easier to achieve without setting your self up for failure.