A lot of us set goals for ourselves, but we do not make them SMART. Our goal setting needs to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. If your goal is not specific enough you are sure to lose focus and get steered away from what was important to you. Be sure to answer all the WHAT, WHY and HOW questions. Saying 'I want to lose weight or be healthier' is not specific enough. Give yourself set details, for example, 'I want to lose 3 inches from my stomach region'. The more detailed you are the better your focus will be.
What are you afraid of? When it comes to making life-changing choices, fear often keeps us paralyzed and incapable of making decisions that will improve our lives. - Like the smoker that continues to smoke for the fear that he or she will start again. - Like the overweight mother or girlfriend who does not want to start a weight loss program for fear that her husband or boyfriend may not approve of her positive lifestyle changes.
I, too, have had my fears and I'm working diligently at trying to overcome them. We need to, however, not focus on our fears or mistakes and have them paralyse us, but instead we should focus on the goals that we want to accomplish and how incredible we will feel attaining them. It is always, therefore, important to find your 'WHY', and allow that to push you forward as you keep aiming for greatness.
Some great 'WHY' examples: " I need to exercise regularly BECAUSE I need to lose weight so that I can be there to see my children grow up and get married." OR "I need to quit smoking BECAUSE I do not want to suffer from lung disease or cancer. "
If you allow your WHY to motivate you, you will then be able to blaze through your fears and go boldly towards where you long to be in life. Focusing on your 'WHY' will give you the courage you never knew you had. You will then be able to move with vigour and be a person of action and not a person filled with fear and regret.
Remember: "Thinking will not overcome fear but action will." ~ W. Clement Stone