A weekly tip for achieving optimum health

by Dean Camfferman

How To Get What You Want in 2016

health-planJanuary is a good time to review the year we have just come through and to make plans for the coming one. If you are the kind of person who likes to accomplish things you have, no doubt, already been working on your plans for 2016. If you made no plans last year then you were 100% successful. You are exactly where you planned to be but you may not be very satisfied with where you are. Many people are afraid to set goals for themselves because they feel it sets them up for failure. I’m going to assume that you are of the group who likes to set goals and get results. Remember, to fail to plan is also a plan. It’s called the Fail To Plan plan. I’d like to give you some tools to help you achieve your goals for 2016.

  1. Your goal should be clearly defined. For example, if you want to lose weight, decide how many pounds or kilos you want to lose.
  2. Your goal should be realistic. If you decide you want to lose 50 lbs, ask yourself, Is this realistically achievable?
  3. Write your goals down and keep them where you can see them every day.
  4. Share them with others. Let them know what you intend to do. Ask them if they would be willing to help you.
  5. Your goals need to be time bound. Using weight loss as an example, decide when you want to arrive at the end result.
  6. Work on your goal every day. A To Do list is a very effective way to continually work on it.
  7. Break down your goal into smaller pieces. For example, to lose 50 lbs in one year equals 4.17 lbs per month, 15.36 oz. per week and 2.19 oz per day.
  8. Continually check your progress. If you are falling behind ask yourself why. Was your goal unrealistic? Don’t change your goal but recognize that perhaps you will only lose 40 lbs. Even a 10 lb. weight loss is nothing to be sneezed at.
  9. As you work on your goals you will discover that you may be sabotaging yourself. For example, you may reward yourself for losing 5 lbs by eating a large meal that puts 3 lbs. back on. Don’t beat yourself up over this. You are learning what doesn’t work. That’s just as valuable as learning what does work.

Remember, to fail to plan is to plan to fail. Many successful people failed numerous times before getting what they were after. As long as you get up one more time to fight on, eventually you will get what you are after. I love the response that Edison, the inventor of the light bulb is said to have given to someone who asked him, Mr. Edison you have tried many times to invent the lightbulb and have failed every time. Why don’t you give up? His answer was, Sir, I have learned 10,000 ways how not to make a light bulb. We all know what the eventual result of his efforts was.

May you have a successful and enjoyable 2016