4. Create SMART goals
Once you have your metrics, create SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based – goals that will improve your numbers.
For example, if one of your life goals is to have a better relationship with your spouse and your metric is how often you connect in a meaningful way, you could set goals such as: I will text my partner at 10 and 2 Monday-Friday to say I love you, make sure we take a walk together after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and schedule three date nights a month.
If you want to improve your diet and you’re measuring fruit and vegetable consumption, your SMART goal might be: I will pack a healthy lunch MWF that contains at least 2 servings of produce and always carry a piece of fruit in my purse for a snack. Focused hydration? Your goal might be: I will bring a water bottle to work, keep it filled and set a phone reminder to drink a cup of water every hour.
Want to improve your relationship with yourself and boost self-compassion? Create a SMART goal that reflects the time spent on self-care. For example, I will block out three, one-hour blocks every week, schedule in activities I enjoy and do them.
5. Get accountable
In January the momentum to stay on track is high, but by the second quarter, motivation can start to fade. Hire a coach (they can help you progress faster and with more ease), get an accountability partner or enlist your eWomenNetwork’s chapter to help you succeed!
Finally, be patient and honest. Change takes time so be easy with yourself when looking at the numbers. While you may think you need self-criticism to progress and stay on track, research shows it undermines motivation and success.
Dr. Ellen, aka The Midlife Whisperer™, is an eWomenNetwork Premier Success Coach, Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian, Psychologist, Mindful Self-compassion teacher, and Reiki Master. She helps busy, successful entrepreneurs balance their hormones, increase energy levels and boost overall wellbeing so they can rock their life and business.