Setting goals sometimes can make us cringe. Sometimes it turns out be just another thing on our to do list that creates a feeling of stress and overwhelm. As busy mothers, we really get that. So let’s redefine it so that our minds can lessen resistance to the concept. Goals give us an aim and a direction. They point to where we’d like to go. The goal that gives us aim and direction is always there and helps us get back on track. Without a vision of where we are going, we end up going nowhere. So how can we set goals that give us a vision, an aim and a direction and that are actually doable? We are including a way to easily set goals with an example. We recommend setting small goals that set you and your family up for success. Include your kids in the goal setting process so that they will be invested in their own health as well.
If, for example, you would like to be more active as a family, we recommend as a first step sitting down with your family and brainstorming a fitness goal. Let’s say you decide as a family on a goal of run/walking a local 5K race for charity. The next step is to write your goal in specific, measurable and realistic terms. That might sound like: Our goal is to do run/walk intervals to complete a 5K race in three months. Next, it’s important to outline three action steps that will support you in reaching your goal.
In this example, three action steps might be:
1) Find a local 5K
2) Create or find online a training plan that incorporates run/walk intervals
3) Schedule a place and time two or three times per week to train with your family for at least 30 minutes.
Finally, get out and enjoy the journey (and all the hills and valleys) to reaching your family fitness goal. If you get stuck along the way, remember that its not perfection you’re going for, it’s the persistence of getting back on the horse when you fall off.
With this kind of goal setting, your family wins in more than one way. Not only are you getting fit together as a family unit but you are also imparting a valuable life skill in teaching your kids how to set and achieve goals.
Commit to 5K is a 10 week program that combines life coaching wiht run coaching to ensure that participants reach their goal-crossing the finish line at their first 5K race and establishing healthy, positive internal and external habits. More information can be found atwww.facebook.com/committo5K
Guest Writers-Khatija Dadabhoy and Kristen Bell
Khatija Dadabhoy leads the life coaching portion of the program. She is a transformational counselor and coach who holds an MA in counseling. She specifically works with women who are ready to experience their inner revoluntion!!
Kristen Bell leads the running and physical fitness portion of the program. She is a certified running and triatholon coach. She’s been helping women kickstart and reach their fitness goals since 2010.