“When you set and accomplish small, tangible changes, you get an immediate sense of gratification, and that is self-motivating.”
~Ellie Krieger, registered dietitian and author of "Small Changes,
Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life"
The Challenge: Set a distinct month-long goal. It doesn’t have to be a new year to shape a new you. The goal can be anything from finishing that one book to exercising 30 minutes per day to waking up one hour earlier. But, the rule is you must stick to it for at least four weeks. Why? According to the Colipera website, it takes about 20 to 30 days to make habit change a behavior. Put forth your full energy, commitment and productivity to achieving this personal goal and who knows, you may actually find your true passion.
S.M.A.R.T. goals: Follow “The Ultimate Guide to Getting Anything Done and Gaining More Clarity In 4 Weeks” guide to properly set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
Specific - Don’t use words like “more” or “less” in your goal; use hard numbers.
Measurable - By when? How much time? How many pounds? How many words?
Actionable - “Be healthier” does not work; make the goal something you have to do.
Relative - Make sure the goal is in line with your motivations right now.
Timely - Don’t make the goal 10 years in the future. Short-term stuff is best!
* see more at: http://www.colipera.com/the-ultimate-guide/
(LivFit Tip of the Week is published every Thursday in The Independent Florida Alligator, the official student-operated newspaper for the University of Florida. This tip was published in print along with an online supplement and can be found at http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/lifestyle/article_bb812088-4766-11e3-922c-0019bb2963f4.html )