Yesterday I was talking with an old friend who is facing yet another health challenge after a very serious and almost deadly heart attack within the last year. He is always trying to do the “right” thing for his health, but inevitably he falls victim to self-sabotage. We all do! We all have those moments when we turn to food, alcohol, inactivity or other negative behaviors to deal with our stressors in life.
When these challenges arise if we know what our goals are we can stay on track when the difficult moments threaten to destroy all we are striving to attain. Unfortunately, most people never take the time to understand what it is they really want their life to look like. The majority of people spend more time with the minutia of life without ever giving consideration to what it is they want for their life.
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You cannot possibly know where it is you want to be if you do not know where you want to go. Your life would be like a sailboat with no rudder floating aimlessly on the ocean of life. Well, its goals that gives us direction. Our goals come from our desires or wants. If you sit quietly and listen to yourself about what it is that you want you will then find direction. Sadly, it is estimated that less than 5% of the population set goals for their lives.
When we apply goal setting to life it gives us direction. Once we have direction, we can make a plan to attain the goal. Have you ever heard the saying, “failure to plan is planning to fail’? Well nothing could be truer. Having a goal with no plan of action is sure failure.
Here are the six questions I asked my friend to ask himself so he could find direction to what he wanted his healthy life to look like. The best part is there is no wrong answer! These questions are all about you and what you want! Under each question I put my answers so you can see my challenges and what I do to stop the unwanted behaviors.
1. What do I want my healthy life to look like?
A strong, fit, healthy, and confident man able to enjoy all I wish to pursue
2. Why is my health important to me?
So I can live a life of quality and enjoy my friends and family
3. What is my health plan?
Eat healthful foods daily, exercise daily, drink plenty of water and have fun doing it
4. What habits sabotage my health plan?
Late night eating! My solution is to turn off the lights in the kitchen at night and eat plenty of nutritious food during the day
5. What are my health strengths and weakness?
I am consistent and feel my best when I exercise and eat healthy. Late night eating and binge eating
This last question is perhaps one of the easiest ways to become aware of what you are eating and why you are eating it.
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6. What will this food do for my health?
This is the question I ask myself before every meal! Everything we eat creates a hormonal response in our bodies and that response is ultimately under our control!
I have found breaking down larger goals into smaller “at the moment attainable goals” has always helped me to achieve my ultimate goals and you will too!