Making a plan and sticking to it is often easier said than done!
Decide what you want to accomplish. Goals aren’t always easy to achieve. If you have completed or Health Risk Assessment, review your key health recommendations and choose one or two lifestyle changes you want to tackle first. If you have not completed or Health Risk Assessment, choose one or two lifestyle changes that you would like to work on.
Make an action plan. Figure out where you want to be, plan how to get there and lay out a specific plan of action. By being specific and putting a lot of effort into creating the goal, you are already halfway done. The more detailed your goal is, the more effective it will be. Read your list carefully and note any barriers that might hinder a goal’s success. Think of strategies to overcome these barriers. Use a wellness plan to create and track your own goals.
Carry out your action plan and check the results. Your action plan will help you start to make positive lifestyle changes to decrease your risk and improve your health. Expect setbacks and allow for flexibility. Setbacks can happen and should not be viewed as failures.
Be patient. You are changing “old” habits to “new” habits. It took time to create the “old” habits; it will take time to create the “new” habits.
Enlist support. A key to being successful involves getting your support system (family, friends, and coworkers) aware of your goals and helping you achieve them. Ideally you would include them in your lifestyle change and work together.
Monitor Your Progress. Treat yourself after achieving your goal. Monitor what you are doing so that you can evaluate your progress. This motivates you to do your best, build your confidence and achieve your goal. Keeping a progress record in a visible place (e.g. fridge) will help to keep you focused on what you are trying to do.