In Step 10 we tried to see the good in things. Continue to nurture yourself to wellness with Step 11 of my 12 Step Program.
Step 11: TAKE CHARGE!
Who determines what you eat or drink? Who determines how you exercise? Who determines how you rest? Who determines the air you breathe? Who determines how you think? If you don't like the side effects of the choices you've made, make new choices. It's all up to you. Remember, there's a direct relationship between the way you feel today and the choices you made yesterday. Realize your health, happiness and success always depend on you.
To Begin Step 11, review the Six Essentials For Life. Write down your action choices and resolutions, and take charge of your life.
• What you eat
• What you drink
• How you exercise
• How you rest
• What you breathe
• What you think
Goal setting is a vital part of making a successful lifestyle change. We all know what we want the outcome to be, but few of us are good at taking the journey to get there. Goals must be SMART to be successful, and when you follow these steps when setting goals for yourself, you'll find that a lifestyle change is easier than you thought.
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed
Specific - the goal must very specifically state what you want to achieve. "I want to have more energy" is a very general goal; however stating that "I want to run a 10k marathon" is a more specific goal.
Measurable - it must be easy for you to state whether you have achieved the goal or not. Saying "I want to lose weight" is too vague. Saying " I want to lose 10lbs" is much more specific and more measurable.
Achievable - Is this goal something you can actually mentally and physically achieve? For example, running a 10k marathon is an achievable goal for most people, including those who are not yet running regularly.
Realistic - As in the above example, running a 10k marathon is achievable for many people, however for someone to decide he is going to complete a 10k marathon next week without any training is not at all a realistic goal.
Timed - Your goal must have a timeline, otherwise you will never be pushed to accomplish it. Saying "I am going to lose 15lbs by August 31" is much more definite than saying "I want to lose 15lbs." Having a deadline spurs you into action and pushes you in the direction of achieving your goal.
So what would you like to change in your lifestyle? Achieving a goal is most effective when you break the goal down into SMART goals.
Once you have broken down your goal, you need to determine what resources you need to be successful. What do you need to do, learn, have, find, repair, put in place, research, ask about, register for, buy, sell, etc...in order to be successful in making this lifestyle change?
Step 11: To begin taking charge, I will: