Creating a balanced planning strategy
Balance is vital to the success of your goals because personal growth relies on steady and sustainable lifestyle changes in your day-to-day life. Trying to create your vision of the future requires an inevitable reconciliation with reality. Let’s face it; there’s a reason you haven’t started waking up at 5 am or training for that marathon yet.
Whether it’s a lack of time, energy, or support, something gets in the way. This creates an opportunity to reflect.
Why are your goals important to you?
A study on motivation to change shows that individuals are more likely to be successful when they are motivated by strong emotions and involve a sense of identity (Lickel et al., 2014). We make time for what is important to us. Take account of how you spend your time. Are you living in line with your values? Eliminating habits or time-consuming behaviors which do not support your values can free up valuable time for goals you want to achieve. Our values define what is important to us. Maybe your values include friendships, family, creativity, or success. Whatever your case may be, achievable goals are ones that support your values and who you want to become.
Reflect on your values. Using the Precise Wellness Planner, take the opportunity to utilize the journaling pages to explore what is most important to you. Identify your top five values. This is the first step to achievable goals.
Lickel, B., Kushlev, K., Savalei, V., Matta, S., & Schmader, T. (2014). Shame and the motivation to change the self. Emotion, 14(6), 1049–1061. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0038235