I am the worst person in the world to ask advice from when it comes to setting and achieving goals.
“But wait!” you ask. ”Didn’t you graduate nursing school in three years? Didn’t you pay off your car in a year and a half? Didn’t you organize projects and reach for your goals and actually achieve them?”
Yes, I did. The difference was, I didn’t actually come up with the means to achieving those goals. I went to nursing school, where they handed me books, I studied what they told me to and when, and I passed their tests. Then I went to work at a hospital, where I cared for the patients they gave me in the manner which they taught me. I paid off my car by sending in checks of a certain allotted amount and all I did was double or triple the payments. I organized projects by delegating. So yes, I achieved goals. But none that I set and organized all by myself. And yes, I’m 24 and just now realizing this.
So now here I am, married, running a business with my husband, and I have all of these great ideas of where I want to be and no good idea where to start to actually get there.
How to be a Health Coach by Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP is the new book that I picked up to help me develop my wellness approach when I talk to people. I don’t want to be a salesperson. I want to help people heal, to take control of their health proactively, and to be able to rid their lives of whatever negative health practices they have that weigh them down and finally experience happiness and peace – but I can’t help them with my current approach to life.
The popular acronym for goal setting is SMART – set goals that are Smart (make sense for you), Measurable (lose 5 pounds, run 2 miles, etc), Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Framed. Only ONE goal that I ever set and completed all by myself was every all of those things: in 2011 I ran a 5K after using the Couch-to-5k program.
With this in mind, here are some things Mr Crunchy and I have come up with as SMART goals for me for 2014:
- read/study the Bible in the morning using the Bible reading program that our church published.
- exercise 3x a week (kettle bells, yoga, jogging when the weather gets nice, etc)
- drink at least 2 water bottles full of water each day
- do something productive each day that relaxes me (knitting, reading, creating a new DIY spa product, etc)
- Go on a date once a week
- read and discuss two books on marriage this year
- read 5 books that relate to wellness: health coaching, nutrition, fitness, time/stress management
- read 2 books that relate to business/entrepreneurship
- Attend monthly team meetings
- have a monthly purge and subsequent Goodwill donation
I’ll have a monthly check-in to keep me accountable. I want to be better than I am. My desire is to be a health coach – coaches have to model healthy practices before they can be effective. I can do this.