Do you want to become more healthy and live a more healthy life?
Here are some tips on how to succeed in your health work and avoid pitfalls.
1.Create new routines
It is important that new routines become lasting. Therefore, you want to create habits of your new behaviors. The trick is to make it easy to get started. In fact, it should be extremely simple, so easy that you can’t fail.
Have a low threshold! It can be very helpful to plan your health work on your calendar. This increases the likelihood that it will be lost. Avoid thinking that you are not good enough – there is no need to worry about your results before you even start.
2. Set goals
Most people have at some time followed a recipe when cooking. That’s a good parable when it is about setting and reaching a future goal.
The goal is the dish and the recipe is the strategy, that is, how you manage to achieve the goal. Setting goals helps you to specify what you want to achieve. Do you know exactly what you want, you also know where to concentrate your efforts. Setting goals gives long-term vision and short-term motivation. A good target model is the “SMART” target.
Specific. The first cornerstone of the SMART goals concept is that the goals must be specific. The fact that a goal is specific means that it is very precise and well defined and that one cannot misinterpret it in any way.
Measurable. The goals should be measurable. It’s all about being easy to know when you’ve met your goal, time, quantity, and quality.
Accepted. You should feel that you actually want to do what you need to do. It is important that you can stand behind your goals and thus accept their meaning.
Realistic. It is very important that the goal is reasonable and realistic. But it must be challenging at the same time.
Time-specific. When setting goals, it is important that you have a clear start and end dates. Above all, it is important to set a specific time when the goal will be met. If you set a long-term goal, it is effective to break it down into smaller sub-goals. This makes you more successful, which strengthens your self-confidence and helps maintain motivation.
Having a plan is a good start, but that doesn’t mean the goal is reached – you have to put it into action. It’s about deciding and doing something every day, small or big, that will get you closer to your goals. Every day you can do something in the right direction if you prioritize your time!
3. Find your “why”
The goal is a so-called “what” thing, but to achieve it requires a “how” thing, ie a strategy. And if we think about “why” we want (or must) succeed with our goal, we have a purpose that gives us a long-lasting motivation. At the end of the day, your “why” is your vision. A vision is something that has not happened yet.
That is the future. It is the image that draws you forward. And it can be driven by something inspirational, or initially something that is perceived as negative. Ask yourself: Why do I want to make a change? What positive aspects does it give me and my loved ones? And what will be the negative aspects if I fail? Write down what you come up with. You can go back and watch these lines as you feel the motivation starts to drop.
4. Avoid procrastination
Procrastination is when you postpone things even though you know it will get negative.
Long-term consequences. When you have a goal, like starting to exercise or losing weight, it is a plan for your future self. You visualize how you want your life to look in the future. When you think about the future, it is easy for the brain to see the value of taking action with long-term benefits. But when it’s time to make a decision, it’s no longer about making a choice for your future self. You are suddenly in the present.
And in the present, you have to start acting to get what you know you want in the future. Researchers have come to the conclusion that you like to receive an immediate reward rather than a long-term one. It is therefore important that you train yourself to refuse to receive an immediate reward – something that you should be consistent with to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Success in achieving your goals requires you to ignore what is easy (press the snooze button) and instead choose to do something more difficult – get up right in the morning.
Good luck with your health work!