Get Ready for 2016 Goals by Tracking Them

It is nice to have goals and New Years is the perfect time to work on those goals you have been putting off until the new year because it is the New Year!

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To keep track of your goals,  you can use the Way of Life app or Habit List.

metabolic balance is having several DietBet challenges to motivate you online.  The US metabolic balance team will be rebalancing during the challenges and sharing our experiences with you on the blog.

Please join the challenges. It will be a fun way to start the new year.

Plan Your Strategic Life Goals in 4 Stages

I know it is the holiday season but I want to get a head start on January because I’m a strategic kind of girl and I want you to be a strategic kind of metabolic balancer.  We’ve talked about SMART goals and now I’m going to talk about strategic goals which require planning in four stages.

Stage 1 – Create your Vision, Make an assessment and develop and implement a planning process.  When you join metabolic balance, your coach will help you hone your vision, evaluate your health and where you are at this very moment and create a metabolic balance plan that takes into account  your current health and life challenges.

Stage 2 – You will answer the following questions:

  • What do you want to accomplish by adopting the metabolic balance lifestyle?
  • What will you to to get to your end goal?
  • How will you know if you are making progress especially if weight loss is not your main priority?

Stage 3 – Once you have finished stage one and two, you will use the plan to guide you towards your goal.  With the help of your coach, you will manage the implementation of your plan and monitor your progress.

Stage 4 – Review and Revise.  Metabolic balance is for life. You and your coach will need to do  an annual review of your progress and rebalance on occasion.  You can even do another blood test to make sure that you are keeping your body balanced through proper food choices and lifestyle changes.   If you have unexpected life stresses, make sure to talk with your coach for advice on how to handle the stress of change without veering off the plan.

Don’t forget that your metabolic balance coach is always there for you and so is the US metabolic balance Team and even the head office in Germany is there to offer support.

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sculpture photo by Lauri Heikkinen

Goals – Be Gritty and Keep Them to Yourself


Grit: Passion and perseverance makes goals a reality. Here is Angela L. Duckworth’s resarch paper about grit.  See how gritty you are by taking this Grit research test.  I got a 4.13 out of 5 which means I’m a pretty gritty girl but only in the 80th percentile.  Do the quiz and see what percentile you are in.

 

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Goals – Different Types All Require S.M.A.R.T.

How do you implement SMART into your general goal setting?

  1. Pick a time frame for the goal.
    1. Short term = less than six months
    2. Mid Term = Six months to one year
    3. Long Term = More than one year
  2. Prioritise your goals.  Pick a handful of goals that are the ones that are most important to you.   For short term goals, you will find them easier to get into action right away.  Setting short term goals that align with long term goals will help keep you motivated. Your Metabolic Balance® coach will help ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
  3. Be flexible.  If you created a short term goal and you are unable to accomplish it within the estimated time period, push the goal into the mid or long term category.  Know that you have not failed.  All kinds of events can happen to push a goal priority back or to delay accomplishing a goal.
  4. Write down your goals.  Write down in detail exactly what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.  This requires implementation plan as described yesterday.
  5. Pick one long term goal and then add mid term and short term goals that help strengthen your resolve to reach your long term goal.
  6. Be specific.  Write your goal so it is very specific.  For example, “In one Year from today, I will be at my goal weight, running 5 miles without being out of breath.  This is a well defined goal with a clear deadline and benchmarks that can be monitored for progress.

Follow This format to outline your goal:

Step 1. __________ is my goal. (Make sure it is measurable and realistic.)

Step 2. When achieved, what will be the benefits? ________________________.

Step 3. Obstacles I may have to overcome. __________________________.  How will I overcome them? ________________.

Step 4. What do I need to learn/ know/ or train to reach my goal? _________________________.

Step 5. Who can help me with this goal? ________________________.

Step 6. What are the steps I plan to take to reach my goal?

  • ___________________________ by when _______________.
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