Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, at the Dominican University in California, led a study on goal-setting with nearly 270 participants. The results? You are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
Write down your goals
What if I told you, it was 42 percent more likely to rain tomorrow than it is today? Most people would be telling everyone they know it is going to rain tomorrow. Well, I just referenced a bona fide study indicating how much more likely you are to achieve your goals if you write them down.
What do I have to lose? I am listing my goals below—feel free to list yours in the comments.
Goal #1: Lose weight
I will lose 30 pounds. I plan on achieving this goal by tracking everything I eat. I currently use FitBit which is really helping me “stay honest.” I also purchased a bluetooth enabled scale (Renpho) that syncs with FitBit.
Goal #2: Eat healthy foods
I will eat foods that contribute to my health and avoid foods that are detrimental to my health. This kind of sounds like the first goal, but it is not. I could eat trash foods but exercise like crazy to lose weight so these are two different goals. I have already been scared sugarless so I am well on my way to cutting out the unhealthy foods.
Goal #3: Exercise daily
I will walk at least 10,000 steps per day. This may not sound like much to many people, but this is a huge effort for me. To understand why, read my post Your Life Will Change.
Keeping it simple
These are goals that are realistic, yet will challenge me, so I know better than to add a lot more. If I can accomplish these goals, I will be so much further along in my health journey. What are your health goals?