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By CysterWigs Contributor

Let me ask you something.  Has anything ever been accomplished in life that was not planned out first?

Probably not.

Nothing is handed off to you by luck. Well, maybe your aunt’s old chair or a cute jacket that a friend no longer wants could be. But when it comes to accomplishing something major, you have to set a goal and work towards the finish line.

So, what are personal goals? They make up the path we take towards the realization of our dreams. Goals can be short-term or long-term. Either way, they’re important in our day-to-day activities, and they are also important for things we want to achieve in the future.

Little habits like planning your daily and weekly schedules can assist in setting a goal for yourself. Planning helps you meet deadlines so you can ensure that you don’t have anything holding you back.

Personal goals help eradicate procrastination. Procrastination is the worst, Cysters! It’s a mental state that convinces you to put off what you should be doing until the next day, or the day after that…or five days after that. We’ve all been there. Most likely in college when you had that paper to write but you convinced yourself to do it another time. Then before you knew it, the deadline was upon you. Remember how stressful that was? I do! The truth is, laziness is our worst enemy. It’s easy to give into it when we really don’t want to do something. We would stay idle forever if it meant that we could avoid difficult or mind-numbing tasks. But that’s no good because those things have to get done, especially if they stand in the way of your goals. So, in order to move past procrastination, you have to switch up your mindset. You need to put in more effort into setting goals for yourself. That way you would not end up with so much to do and so little time because of procrastination.

Personal goals help inspire you to accomplish the impossible. Just like every backstory to any success tale, there was someone who did not relent on setting goals that seemed crazy to accomplish. Once you know what you want, and what your finish line looks like, it will be easy enough for you to work towards it. You cannot achieve the impossible by going in blind and hoping for the best. No! Goals you set for yourself will serve as a guide to helping you achieve the things that seem impossible.

Personal goals give room for self-improvement. Personal goals are how great minds understand the routines that work for them and that is why they stick to those routines. Once you start setting realistic goals for yourself, you know your strength and understand your weaknesses as well. This will enable you work on self-improvement because once you have a plan, you’ll know what to do to make that plan more effective.

The one thing you must understand is that personal goals are not in any way going to make you invincible to mistakes. You can set goals and reset them – this is the beauty of humanity which is the ability to make and remake ourselves. So, don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself, and even if you do not achieve your goals the first time around, don’t give up. Take a step back, reevaluate the situation, adjust your goal and try again.

Setting Realistic Health And Wellness Goals

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By Julia

Everyone wants to live a healthy life. Because of this, we often implement diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks tend to cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

There are specific attributes which should be kept in mind while setting realistic health and wellness goals. Make sure they’re:

Rational – Your approach should be realistic rather than idealistic. It’s important to always keep the objectives by thinking rationally and logically.
Achievable – Your goal should be such that you can achieve that in a specific time-frame without jeopardizing another required task.
Appropriate – The target should be accustomed to your desires, not to someone else’s wants.
Quantifiable – Measurable goals will inspire you to go a long way in obtaining the pre-defined goal.

Here are few things to help you set, keep and reach your health and wellness goals.

Eat Better

In the minds of some people, eating better means dieting or depriving oneself. That shouldn’t be the case. It is the quality of your diet, and not necessarily the amount consumed, that determines its impact on your health. Better nutrition means making better choices.

For example, consuming more fruits, vegetables, fish and high-fiber foods is a simple and effective strategy. Limiting your intake of alcohol, salt, high-calorie foods and high-fat or high-sugar foods will also help you clean up your diet. Aim for the long term to reap the full benefits of your approach. Have more home-cooked meals. It always feels better when you eat at home. You tend to spend less money and eat healthier. Grabbing a few new cookbooks can help refresh your inspiration to cook.

Try To Be More Present

Life is so busy and loud with numerous distractions. Endeavor to be more present. That means taking a chance to savor each moment. It can be at home when you’re with your family. Try to be there physically and mentally. This implies knowing when to put your phone down and give them your complete attention. Or, maybe you don’t know when to disconnect from work. Make an effort to unplug daily after a certain time, or try to avoid working on the weekends. It’s important to take time out to recharge and get centered.

Get out more

The more you spend more time in your room, the lower your spirits will sink. Form it as a habit to go on a nearby hour-long walk in natural settings. This can have a significant uptick in your overall mood and wellness. Something as simple as a brisk daily walk can help improve your health and wellness. For instance, brisk walking can help you: improve your balance and coordination as well as help improve your mood. The farther and more often you walk, the greater the benefit(s). Also, this can have a positive impact on people who’ve endured recent stressful experiences.

Make time for quiet time or “me time”

Daily life can be so loud. It’s vital to your mental health to sneak away for at least 20 free minutes to enjoy some “me time.” It can be stealing away for a few minutes to read, take an uninterrupted bath, or paint your nails. To get in the habit of taking a little “me time” daily, try taking yours at the same time every day.

Get some rest and manage your stress

For you to stay active and at the top of your health, your body needs rest. Stress can cause sleep disturbances and, conversely, lack of sleep can contribute to stress. Good sleep hygiene is therefore essential to physical and mental health, as well as good stress management.

How many hours a day do you sleep on average? It may be time to work on getting more if you’re not getting six to eight hours a night. When it comes to stress, it is challenging to quantify or eliminate it, but it can be better managed. Recognized stress management techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy can be beneficial.

Experts say that if you want to achieve any goal, it is necessary to remind yourself every day about it. Health and wellness goals are an ongoing process. Therefore, there is a need to maintain it further to remain healthy. So, changing the way you carry out daily activities will encourage and inspire you to perform better. Therefore, setting goals can help you develop inner strength and the endurance to fulfill your aspirations.

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