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How to Make 2017 your best year yet!

With 2017 fast approaching it is always a good time to reflect on the year just gone. Some key questions I like to ask myself are:

  • What worked well this year?

  • What didn’t work well this year?

  • Did I achieve what goals / intentions I had planned to achieve?

  • How was my health over the year?

  • If I didn’t have a great year, what did I learn from these experiences?

Reflection is always a good way of realising how much you actually did achieve, and puts you in a good mindset for achieving even more in 2017. If 2016 wasn’t as great as you had planned, that’s okay as it is even more of a reason to start planning for a great 2017.

So how do you make 2017 your best year yet?

  1. Grab some butchers paper and coloured pens / textas.

  1. Find a quiet space, preferably outside with some fresh air and sunshine.

  1. Start with thinking about yourself and begin dreaming really big about what you want 2017 to look like for your life, a few areas to think about may include:

  • Health and fitness

  • Relationships in your life

  • Friends and family

  • Connection with yourself i.e. how well do you check in with yourself and actually listen to what your body is telling you?

  • Career

  • Social life / hobbies

  • Financials

Break down to each area of your life and dream big, write down all you want to achieve for each area of your life.

  1. From all of what you have written down, pick a goal that you really want to achieve for each area of your life. With each goal, visualise what it would look and feel like if you achieved that goal. Create a goal that you can see yourself achieving.

  1. Get clear, get specific. ‘Losing weight’ in 2017 is not specific but losing 5 kgs over a 10 week period by March 1st is a specific goal. It has a clear outcome by a specific date and is measurable. Another example is wanting to save $500 by June 30. Also make sure your goal is realistic, only you will know if this is possible.

  2. Create a plan. So now that you have a goal, let’s map out how you are going to make it happen. Let’s use our example of losing 5 kgs over a 10 week period by March 1st. If we calculate this backwards in order for this goal to be achieved we need to lose ½ kg a week, which is achievable. Next we must ask what the actions needed are and what planning needs to happen. With the help of a diary or planner lock in your training sessions, your food prep and meal planning times. Having these already scheduled into your life will make your goal more attainable.

We love using a weekly planner, it lets you plan your week at a time. Planning is key to achieving your goal!

If you want a FREE Living Health Group Planner, pop into the clinic and ask us for one!

  1. Accountability buddy.  Tell someone you trust your goals, let them help you be accountable and let them support you to achieving your goal.

  1. Look at your goals daily. Having your goals visually displayed somewhere you will see them every day, like on the fridge or in your bathroom, makes you much more likely to achieve them.

  1. Don’t beat yourself up. Remember we are all human, and not everything goes to plan, just because you miss one gym session or eat one too many chocolates, get back on track. Visualise you achieving that goal and get back on track straight away.

So grab a cuppa, some drawing paper or journal and dream big. Create a life you want to live. Break each goal down into action steps and use your planner to ensure that all your goals become a reality.  If  you want to really master your goals for 2017, then join us on Thursday 19th Jan at 6.30pm for our Goal setting workshop, your can book online at http://www.livinghealthgroup.com.au/booking/

Happy planning and goal setting!

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