Having big and scary goals is a great thing and I am a big believer in the fact that in order to be successful, you need to have specific goals identified.
Having weight loss and other health-related goals can help keep you motivated and driven.
However, having unrealistic expectations can actually work against you.
Research has shown that people who set goals that are unrealistic are most likely to give up on their goals before reaching even a small milestone.
Best way to achieve big goals is to ensure that your are breaking them down into smaller, realistic and achievable goals. It is also important to set different timeframes for yourself.
For example: saying you want to lose 50 pounds by next year is a great goal – but doesn’t it seem so out of reach if you haven’t lost any weight at all in the last several months?
What is actually going to change that will make this goal realistic and achievable?
What is the first step you need to take to move forward?
What if you said “this week when I go shopping, I will buy only fresh food and produce and will stay away from the aisles that have tempting and unhealthy snacks”. Doesn’t that seem more realistic at the time you are just starting out?
Adjust your expectations to a more realistic and modest goal. This can help prevent you from getting discouraged and improve your chances for success.