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Goals That Help, Goals That Hurt

Remember to Think Positive

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  • GRIFFINVAN
  • Great article. Our greatest power i the power to choose. We should always choose what is right and good.

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  • JOHNAMALFI
    framing goals positively - harnessing the power of words
  • ZORA357
    Get healthier and start walking.
  • Great article. Thanks
  • My only goal is to get healthier with proper nutrition and fitness. There are some foods that I try to limit or avoid to help keep my cholesterol and blood pressure in check - but if I really want it, I simply have a small amount and enjoy it to the fullest. I am sure that there are times when I will slip up, but that's okay too! We are all only human and it happens. I know that I am doing this so that I am healthier and that in itself is motivation enough to keep eating healthy and get more fitness into my lifestyle!
  • My problem is my rewards involve food so I am going to work on them again with this article helping me
  • Most people on here have a goal to lose, which I don't think needs to be viewed as negative thinking. "Good" goals are SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound. Having a goal like "I want to be healthier" is hard to achieve because it's too vague. But, saying "I want to lose 15 lbs in 4 months" or "I will log at least 60 fitness minutes a week" are SMART goals, and you can actually see your progress and whether you are meeting your goal. It's a good idea to write goals with positive rather than negative language when possible, because when we take away a behavior, we need to replace it with another one. For example, instead of a goal like, "I will stop eating so many Cheetos," you could pick a goal such as "When I crave a snack this week, I will choose some fresh veggies and hummus." Then, of course, you help set yourself up for success by getting the Cheetos out of the house, and having plenty of veggies and hummus on hand in your fridge.
  • BILLTHOMSON
    I love the small goal settings.

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