Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year! Now What!

By: Arlene Rodriguez
As the first month of 2015 is winding down, our excitement of beginning new goals may have gone from “New Year New Me” to “New Year Now What.” Ask yourself? What do you want to invest in this year? How would you feel once you reach your specific goals that you set for yourself? 

There are seven areas in our lives that important to invest in. These areas include physical, intellectual, career, social, financial, family, and spiritual. These very same factors make up who we are. Finding time to balance these important areas in our life can be extremely difficult so here  are some tips that may assist you in reaching your goals. 

Let's look at at a goal plan for a common New Year's Resolution: Weight Loss.
      1)  First, once you have an idea of your goal or reach area, identify the specifics of your goal.
General Goal) “I want to lose 20 pounds by the beginning of the summer”
Specific goal) I will lose 2 pounds each month by monitoring my portions, increase physical activity, and drinking more water.
 **Helpful to make small steps to reach your main goal.

2) Identify if your goal are measurable, meaning, do I know when I would like to reach that goal?
Measurable goal) I will lose 10 pounds by July 6th, 2015 by monitoring my portions, increase physical activity, and drinking more water.
**By having a specific date, we could keep close tabs on their progress each month and feel a sense of accomplishment.

   3)  Last, Own your goals. It’s so easy to do what others expect from us and what we THINK      others want us to do. In these cases, we make lose sight of these goals if we don’t OWN our set goals.
 Example) “I want to lose weight to feel good and to feel confident in my clothes.”

No goal is too big or too small. It’s helpful to keep track of your steps towards your goal and “own it.” Live well and take care..

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