Will you reach your goals this year?

A new year always offers so much hope for the future. We make big plans and think about all the things we want to accomplish in the next 12 months.

One thing most people overlook is a plan on how to achieve their goals. You wouldn't think about going on vacation or starting a major building project without some kind of plan in place. Would you?

I'm not talking about some big ideas in your head. They need to be clearly laid out on paper with details explaining how and when it's going to happen.

Goals without a detailed, written plan are just a wish.

So, will this year be different from all the others? Well, then you have to do something different.

Goals have to be very specific. Often, people make them very general, so it's hard to know if you actually achieve that goal. For example, if you say you want to lose weight, it's not clear how much you want to lose. Is it 10 pounds or 50 pounds? That will make a huge difference.

Goals must have a time limit. Give yourself a reasonable time frame to work in, but have a deadline. For example, you might give yourself six months to save money for a trip. You'll know if you reached your goal or not at the end of that time.

Goals should also be measurable. You can't just say you want to get healthy because there's no way to measure if you succeed or not. Instead, you might say you want to eat six to nine vegetables everyday, so you can get off your high blood pressure medicine. Now, that's a plan!!!

If we're not careful, we'll wish our lives away and be disappointed when we don't see those wishes come true.

Make this the year that you make your dreams a reality. Start with three to five goals, and work out a plan that's specific, has a time limit, and is measurable.

I'd love to help you reach your health and wellness goals this year. I have daily post on my Facebook page, a private ladies-only Facebook group, and a website with tips, recipes, and lots more.

Sometimes you're so close to your goals, but you just need a little extra support as you make your way on this journey called Life.

To your health,

Coach Maggie

Certified Health & Wellness Coach

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