Goal Setting

Its the 2nd week of July and I felt the need to address the fact that we are half way through the year. If you are like most, you probably usually have some new year goals that you formulate at the beginning of the year. Consider me your accountability buddy. I am here to check up on you and ask you how your goals are going. If you have stuck them out and have been able to develop the habits that are getting you closer to your goals then kudos to you. You should acknowledge the progress and celebrate the achievement. If by chance you haven’t moved on any of your targets/plans dont give yourself a hand time you can use this half year mark to re stock and realign yourself to your goals.

Find the clarity and revisit the reasons why you had those specific goals. One thing I have learned about goal setting is that if you dont have a strong emotional connection to the reason behind the goal, the chances of achieving it are going to be very slim. Take me for example, I had exercise as a goal for every year for the longest time, but I was never really able to sustain the regular exercise goal. This year I decided to make it more specific. I also dug deep to find an emotional connection that would keep me focused on my goal. I have a family history of hypertension and diabetes and I wanted to take the necessary steps to address this risk factor. Added to that I have 3 wonderful kids and a loving husband and I want to do what I can to ensure that I will be here for them. Granted I could be hit by a bus tommorow and that is something that I cannot control but I can control and reduce my chances developing diabetes by taking my own preventative steps. Having found my why it was then easier to think of a strategy for my fitness. I had to come up with something that was doable for me. Considering my night shift schedule I knew a realistic starting goal would be to go to the gym 3 times a week . I also knew my limitations where jogging was concerned. I therefore opted for group classes. I can happily report that I have been able to maintain this fitness goal. I go to the gym three times a week and I attend group exercises as my exercise. On good weeks I am even able to go 5 times a week . The fact that I had set a realistic goal of going to the gym 3 times a week has made it possible for me to stick to my goal. Perhaps this is a strategy that might be helpful for you as you attempt to revisit your goals.

Are you someone who looks at the glass as half full or half empty. In order to revisit your goals and attack them successfully you will have to become a glass half full type of person. It is halfway through the year and the perfect opportunity to finish the year strong. You have 6 months of the year left, go out there and start working on those goals.

With Love and Gratitude

Dr Fatsani Dogani

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