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Step 3 of Your 7 Steps to Health & Happiness

Here’s Step 3 of Your 7 Steps to Health & Happiness

7-steps-to-succes-1In the last two installments we discussed homeostasis, getting started, understanding your motivations, creating a wellness journal and documenting your current state of health.

This time we’ll talk about goal-setting.

Step 3 – Setting Goals

Goal setting is a powerful process for personal planning and change. Improving your health isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight, and then you go back to your old way of life. It’s a lifelong process of long-term vision and short-term motivation.

Your long-term goal is better health and greater happiness. To get there we’ll watch your intermediary milestones.

Healthy habits need to be practiced every day until they become second nature. When I started this journey eight years ago one of my goals was to walk three miles, five days a week. I decided to do this first thing in the morning, before breakfast. On the first morning I jumped out of bed, put on my walking boots, whistled for the dog and set out on my hike.

On the second morning my legs were too sore to walk out to the mailbox.

But I didn’t let that get me down; on the third day I again got up and went walking first thing in the morning. I didn’t achieve my goal of three miles that morning, but I did half of the distance, and was proud of myself for doing so.

In the first week I did my morning walk three times, well short of my goal of five. I didn’t let that get me down, but patted myself on the back for what portion of my goal I DID accomplish.

By the end of the first month getting up and going walking first thing in the morning was second nature. It was so automatic that I often found myself going for my three-mile walk on my “off” days, and was often out six, even seven days a week.

Document your long- and short-term goals in your wellness journal. You long-term goal may be to lose 100 lbs., but a short-term goal could be to lose 5 or 10 lbs. this month. Your goal may be to walk five miles a day, but for a short-term goal it may be to walk around the block every day.

The short-term goals will help you build patterns of successful behavior that you can then expand upon over the long term.

Your long-term goal to become 100% raw can be started with a short-term goal of one green smoothie a day.

jimNext issue we’ll discuss building your action plan and tracking your progress.

Jim Carey

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