Why Goals Should Not Be The Goal

Healthy Goals

I once came upon a little piece of wisdom on the back of a sugar packet: ‘Life is about the journey, not the destination’. This got me thinking: When it comes to wellness and striving for better health or when losing weight, we often focus so much on the end goal that we forget about the journey!

Yes, it is important to have an end-goal in mind, but remember that there are many ways to reach that goal. When an aeroplane flies from one place to another it doesn’t fly in a straight line – the pilot is constantly adjusting the plane’s course. Despite the fact that it may be off course many times, it still reaches its destination.

It’s the same with making lifestyle changes or losing weight. Some days will be better than others. Sometimes you will feel confident about your efforts and sometimes you will feel like just giving up. But that’s ok. It’s not about where you are at that particular moment but rather that you keep on moving in the right direction. As the saying goes: All roads lead to Rome.

Here’s what The Journal of the American Dietetic Association has to say about weight loss:

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that successful weight management to improve overall health for adults requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.”

So there you have it. Weight loss and wellness isn’t a destination. It is a lifelong journey. Everybody goes off-track from time to time, but the trick is to just keep going. Don’t panic if things aren’t perfect. Don’t let a little relapse lead to a complete collapse. As Dory would say: “Just keep swimming!”.

As with any journey, take one step at a time. Once you have made the decision to embrace wellness, don’t dive in and try to change everything at once! It’s impossible to scale Mount Everest in one go. To give yourself the best shot at success, just make one change at a time. Be specific about what you want to change, then set an easily-achievable goal for yourself. Developing a habit of eating more fruit may seem daunting, whereas merely eating two pieces of fruit per day is simple!

“Once you have a why, it is easy to find a how.” Nigel Risner

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