Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Kat Mil­lar

Learn how to stim­u­late cre­ativ­ity & un­lock po­ten­tial to achieve your goals

Many New Year’s res­o­lu­tions fail, but an of­ten over-looked and pow­er­ful fac­tor is that many peo­ple don’t know how to ef­fec­tively set goals. Many peo­ple who now have the life they want, started with a dream of some­thing dif­fer­ent at an ear­lier time in their life. Imag­ine for a mo­ment that you have no lim­i­ta­tions. What kind of health and fit­ness would you want to cre­ate for your­self? Ac­cord­ing to au­thor Brian Tracy, Back from

the Fu­ture think­ing, is a pow­er­ful method, used reg­u­larly by high per­form­ing peo­ple in ev­ery field. Here’s how it works. Just project your­self for­ward in your mind and imag­ine your­self as you would want to be. What do you look like? How do you feel? What are you do­ing? What is your en­ergy like? The clearer you can make your for­ward vi­sion of health and hap­pi­ness, the faster you move to­wards it. The more un­clear and vague your goals are, the less likely you are to achieve them. This is a pow­er­ful ex­er­cise. Now that you have a vi­sion, it’s time to set your goals. Here are five steps to ef­fec­tive goal set­ting:


Firstly, dump ev­ery­thing out of your head that you want to achieve in your health and fit­ness jour­ney in 2018. I rec­om­mend that you ei­ther use a blank spread­sheet or write it in a jour­nal. Then list ev­ery­thing that you need to do to achieve your goal.


There are three ways that you can list your goals – to be, to do and to have.

This is a great way to en­sure that you are tak­ing a bal­anced ap­proached. For ex­am­ple, if all your goals are ‘to have’ goals, then you may miss out on tap­ping into the type of per­son you want ‘to be’ and the ex­pe­ri­ences that you want ‘to do’. Let’s break it down:

Be: Who do you want ‘to be’ in 2018?

• Be dis­ci­plined with your time man­age­ment and fo­cus

• Be an ex­cel­lent role-model to your fam­ily

• Be en­er­getic and strong

Stim­u­late your cre­ativ­ity & un­lock your po­ten­tial for goal achieve­ment.

Do: What do you want ‘to do’ in 2018?

• Do the 14km City to Surf run in Au­gust

• Do 20 push-ups on your toes

• Do ex­er­cise us­ing 2,500 calo­ries ev­ery week

Have: What do you want ‘to have’ in 2018?

• Have the body I have al­ways wanted and de­serve

• Have a new out­fit that is one size less than I am now

• Have a new train­ing buddy


Now, write a date next to your list of ev­ery­thing you want to be, to do and to have. This date is when you want to achieve th­ese goals.


When writ­ing your ac­tion plan, use John C. Maxwell’s Swing the Axe Ev­ery­day prin­ci­ple. The prin­ci­ple works like this: if you have a large tree to cut down and you go out EV­ERY sin­gle day and chop at it, even­tu­ally the tree will fall. You don’t need to chop it 20 times on one day and get ex­hausted and then not chop it at all for a week. Just swing the axe at it ev­ery day. Once you’ve de­cided to swing the axe ev­ery day, it no longer be­comes a matter of whether or not you’ll chop down that tree but rather, WHEN that tree falls. To ap­ply this prin­ci­ple to your own life, make a list of three things you can do ev­ery day that will move you to­wards your health and fit­ness goals.

Those things can be sim­ple, such as time man­age­ment plan­ning for five min­utes a morn­ing, do­ing some form of move­ment for 30 min­utes a day and do­ing some med­i­ta­tion for five min­utes ev­ery af­ter­noon. What’s im­por­tant is that you are de­vel­op­ing that dis­ci­pline of the daily habits that will serve your ultimate goals and help you be­come the type of per­son you want to be.


The fi­nal step in ef­fec­tive goal-set­ting is to keep your goals vis­i­ble. I be­lieve that miss­ing this fi­nal step is one of the ma­jor rea­sons that most peo­ple don’t achieve their res­o­lu­tions; they for­get about them. Put your goals where you can see them ev­ery day. You have set the goals be­cause they are im­por­tant to you, so don’t give up on them. If you reg­u­larly re­view your goals to see how you’re pro­gress­ing and tweak your ac­tion plan if nec­es­sary, you are much more likely to achieve them. Let’s make this our best year yet!

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