So, do you have the belief that you CAN and WILL find the success you are searching for?
Once you have established your belief that you can obtain the health or weight loss goals you are dreaming about, its important to next establish your overall vision. What do you invision for your health? Do you want to prevent disease? Have more energy? Lose some weight? Manage your chronic disease more effectively?
Whatever your vision is for your health, write it down. This is your “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”, your ultimate vision of success in health. What does that look like? How will your life be different? What will you be able to do that you can’t do today? What would this mean for your life?
These are all valuable questions to ask yourself. Sit down and write about your perfect day of perfect health. Ponder what your life would look like or how you will feel. Now take all that information and determine your “vision”. You know how big companies or organizations have visions for the ultimate goal of their company? Well, you are creating your vision for your ultimate health outcomes! Write your vision on a piece of paper. This will enable you to view it often to remind you what you are working towards.
After you have determined your vision for your health, it is time to write out your goals. Goals should be short, obtainable, measurable, and motivational! How can this be done?
Well, make your goals about small changes towards creating a healthier you. For example, “I will make a healthy afternoon snack for the next 5 days”. This goal has a definite end point, is measurable so you will know if you accomplished this goal, and it is motivational. Motivational, you ask? Yes, it is motivational because it is something that doesn’t require a painful addition/subtraction to your current lifestyle and once you reach this goal, you ar emore likely to stick on your road to health! It is both pleasurable and a self-confidence boosting experience.
What are your health goals? Write them below your health vision. If you need some more help in determining how to write effecive goals, check out a blog post I wrote: Creating Health Goals!
So, we have a healthy mindset, have determined your vision for your health, and have created obtainable and measurable goals. You now have the beginning of your roadmap 🙂 This is your Plan of Action! What I want you to do now is to put all this information together. On your piece of paper make sure you have your vision at the top of the paper. Underneath, write out your top 5 short-term goals for achieving your vision. I recommend not choosing more than 5 goals because anything more than that will overwhelm you and hinder your success.
After your goals, write out your specific plan of action.
What do you need to do on a daily basis to meet these goals. For example, if your goal is to eat healthy snacks in the afternoon for the next 5 days, write out your plan of action something like: buy some apples and peanut butter, wash and then put apple in a bag and put the peanut butter in a dish, pack the apples and peanut butter in your lunch. This will help you plan out how you are going to set yourself up to follow through on your goals.
What will it take to preparing your day so you can accomplish your goals?
You have now developed your Wellness Plan of Action!