Dreams, Goals, Habits & Weight Loss

Your Best Weight
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Learning Objective

Know the difference between: dreams, goals, and habits.


Behavioral Objective

Document at least one new habit you will form over the coming month.

Key Thought

You can't "break" a habit, but you can replace it with something better.

Terms

Dream
noun

An aspiration; goal; aim.

Goal
noun

The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Habit
noun

An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.


golden keys to success
  Small habits accumulate into big results (good or bad) over time.

Welcome to Your Best Weight

You've Already Passed Your First Test!

I bet you didn't know that you have already taken an important step in your health, just by saying "YES" to this online wellness course. Most people who are invited to a program like this hit the delete key before they even read the offering. In fact, if 20% of the people invited agree to try a program in the wellness space, it's considered a huge success. You've joined Your Best Weight, and that already puts you in the top 80%! Congratulations!

Dreams, Goals, and Habits

There is one thing the personal coaching world is very firm about: being specific. Dreams are things that would be amazing if they came true, but are very unlikely unless they are planned for very carefully. They are what I think about when I want to check out of my current reality. "Someday, I'll have a sailboat and go sailing whenever I want."

Goals are more specific, but still cannot be reached without a plan. They should have a time-bound element and be attainable in that period of time. To set a good goal, someone should be able to look at your goal objectively and say whether you reached it or not. "Next January, I am going to rent a large sailboat and sail from the Florida keys to Jamaica." If on February 1 next year, you have not rented a sailboat or been from Florida to Jamaica, you have not met your goal. Remember to be smart with your goals: S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Time-Bound.1 This means that your goals have to be achievable and measurable. (Saying you want to be living on Mars in one year is probably not a SMART goal!)

Habits are the little things that can help you reach your dreams and goals. The right habits can help you soar and surpass your dreams, the wrong habits can keep you from the finish line. In our example, you could form the habit of sailing every day for 2 hours to get yourself prepared to sail from Florida to Jamaica, or you could form the habit of swimming every day for 1 hour to prepare your body for the journey. There are a million little habits you could adopt to help reach your goals.

So what about you? If your dream is to be thinner, your goal is to have lost 20 pounds by January of next year, then what habits could help you get there? Maybe being in the habit of hydrating only with water, or eating only "real food" can push you toward your goal. Maybe you want to sleep better at night. Instead of your usual habit of watching TV before bed, you could read a book in a low-light room, or you could do some stretching and breathing. (More about forming these habits in the weeks to come!) Whatever your goal, habits are the helpers that can get you there!

Habits: Made Not Broken

As you think about going through this online program, I challenge you to take a few moments and ask yourself what you really hope to gain from Your Best Weight. Is it just more information? If so, you will get plenty of that, but I would encourage you to dig deep! Pick at least one area of your life you would specifically like to improve (a goal), then pick at least one habit that you think will help get you there. Remember, you can't "break" a habit, but you can replace it with something better. Experts agree that it takes about one month to form a new habit. If you drink soda every day, you can change that habit by replacing it with water, green tea, or black coffee. If you eat sugared cereal every morning for breakfast, you could replace it with a smoothie.

Habits accumulate into results over time. When I ate unhealthy food, didn't exercise, and drank sodas every day, disease accumulated. When I started caring for my body, I began to gather greater and greater health. Those small habits added up to big results (good or bad) over time.

Homework: Share Your Thoughts!

This week, your only homework is to share one goal/habit you want to replace. You can give as much detail as you want to, but it can be as simple as stating the old habit and the new. Examples: I drink 2 sodas a day, by the end of this month I will drink only water. I stay up late every night watching Jimmy Fallon, this month I will DVR it, and watch it on the weekend so I can go to bed by 10 pm every night. Let's share our habits and goals in the Discussion Forum, it will help us guide the discussion and tailor this program to fit your needs!

Citations:
1 Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives". Management Review (AMA FORUM) 70 (11): 35-36.

  Personal Challenge

Pick One Habit

Pick one habit you want to form over the next month.

Discussion Assignment

Please share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum about what you decided, learned or experienced. We encourage you to comment on what others have shared and to ask questions.

  Related Wellness Resources

Check out these supporting educational content resources on our website.

Gloved Hand Grasping Magic Wand
Clarify Your Dream

Did you wave your magic wand yesterday to ask yourself what you really want? Now it's time to make it crystal clear!


New Years Resolutions Calendar
Every Goal Needs a Tool

Do you have a weight loss goal? How are you planning for it? Without a plan, you will almost certainly fail.


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Everyone Falls Off the Wagon Sometimes

Why is it that no matter how hard I try, the things that are not good for me still end up in my diet? This is a common question I get every week, and the simple answer is, if it's in your environment, you will eat it. Even as we have purged and purged our pantry, we are still tempted by unhealthy foods.


painting of manger scene
God- The Ultimate Goal Setter

Christmas Eve is a time of joy and anticipation, just like it was the very first Christmas Eve ever!


  • Read
    golden keys to success
      Small habits accumulate into big results (good or bad) over time.

    Welcome to Your Best Weight

    You've Already Passed Your First Test!

    I bet you didn't know that you have already taken an important step in your health, just by saying "YES" to this online wellness course. Most people who are invited to a program like this hit the delete key before they even read the offering. In fact, if 20% of the people invited agree to try a program in the wellness space, it's considered a huge success. You've joined Your Best Weight, and that already puts you in the top 80%! Congratulations!

    Dreams, Goals, and Habits

    There is one thing the personal coaching world is very firm about: being specific. Dreams are things that would be amazing if they came true, but are very unlikely unless they are planned for very carefully. They are what I think about when I want to check out of my current reality. "Someday, I'll have a sailboat and go sailing whenever I want."

    Goals are more specific, but still cannot be reached without a plan. They should have a time-bound element and be attainable in that period of time. To set a good goal, someone should be able to look at your goal objectively and say whether you reached it or not. "Next January, I am going to rent a large sailboat and sail from the Florida keys to Jamaica." If on February 1 next year, you have not rented a sailboat or been from Florida to Jamaica, you have not met your goal. Remember to be smart with your goals: S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Time-Bound.1 This means that your goals have to be achievable and measurable. (Saying you want to be living on Mars in one year is probably not a SMART goal!)

    Habits are the little things that can help you reach your dreams and goals. The right habits can help you soar and surpass your dreams, the wrong habits can keep you from the finish line. In our example, you could form the habit of sailing every day for 2 hours to get yourself prepared to sail from Florida to Jamaica, or you could form the habit of swimming every day for 1 hour to prepare your body for the journey. There are a million little habits you could adopt to help reach your goals.

    So what about you? If your dream is to be thinner, your goal is to have lost 20 pounds by January of next year, then what habits could help you get there? Maybe being in the habit of hydrating only with water, or eating only "real food" can push you toward your goal. Maybe you want to sleep better at night. Instead of your usual habit of watching TV before bed, you could read a book in a low-light room, or you could do some stretching and breathing. (More about forming these habits in the weeks to come!) Whatever your goal, habits are the helpers that can get you there!

    Habits: Made Not Broken

    As you think about going through this online program, I challenge you to take a few moments and ask yourself what you really hope to gain from Your Best Weight. Is it just more information? If so, you will get plenty of that, but I would encourage you to dig deep! Pick at least one area of your life you would specifically like to improve (a goal), then pick at least one habit that you think will help get you there. Remember, you can't "break" a habit, but you can replace it with something better. Experts agree that it takes about one month to form a new habit. If you drink soda every day, you can change that habit by replacing it with water, green tea, or black coffee. If you eat sugared cereal every morning for breakfast, you could replace it with a smoothie.

    Habits accumulate into results over time. When I ate unhealthy food, didn't exercise, and drank sodas every day, disease accumulated. When I started caring for my body, I began to gather greater and greater health. Those small habits added up to big results (good or bad) over time.

    Homework: Share Your Thoughts!

    This week, your only homework is to share one goal/habit you want to replace. You can give as much detail as you want to, but it can be as simple as stating the old habit and the new. Examples: I drink 2 sodas a day, by the end of this month I will drink only water. I stay up late every night watching Jimmy Fallon, this month I will DVR it, and watch it on the weekend so I can go to bed by 10 pm every night. Let's share our habits and goals in the Discussion Forum, it will help us guide the discussion and tailor this program to fit your needs!

    Citations:
    1 Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives". Management Review (AMA FORUM) 70 (11): 35-36.
  • Challenge

      Personal Challenge

    Pick One Habit

    Pick one habit you want to form over the next month.

    Discussion Assignment

    Please share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum about what you decided, learned or experienced. We encourage you to comment on what others have shared and to ask questions.

  • Resources
      Related Wellness Resources

    Check out these supporting educational content resources on our website.

    Gloved Hand Grasping Magic Wand
    Clarify Your Dream

    Did you wave your magic wand yesterday to ask yourself what you really want? Now it's time to make it crystal clear!


    New Years Resolutions Calendar
    Every Goal Needs a Tool

    Do you have a weight loss goal? How are you planning for it? Without a plan, you will almost certainly fail.


    pre-load green smoothie with banana
    Everyone Falls Off the Wagon Sometimes

    Why is it that no matter how hard I try, the things that are not good for me still end up in my diet? This is a common question I get every week, and the simple answer is, if it's in your environment, you will eat it. Even as we have purged and purged our pantry, we are still tempted by unhealthy foods.


    painting of manger scene
    God- The Ultimate Goal Setter

    Christmas Eve is a time of joy and anticipation, just like it was the very first Christmas Eve ever!



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