Remember, setting too many goals can be overwhelming. Think about your circumstances and the priorities you may have when deciding how many goals you want to set as you work through this learning module. Depending on what’s happening in your life you may be able to work on 1 goal or a few smaller goals at the same time.
If you’ve decided you’re ready to make a change it’s important to think about what area you believe it would benefit you the most to work on now. For example, this might be related to physical activity, nutrition, stress, sleep, or another area that’s important to you. Within this priority area you've chosen create a list of a number of things you could work on. Choose one and set a SMART goal around it or come back to this section to set a goal or goals as you work through the learning module. You can use this handout to get you started:
Once you’ve decided on your SMART goal, think about everything you’ll need to help yourself follow through with your goal. Ask yourself what might get in your way and what you need to do to plan and prepare or work around this. You may find it useful to print the worksheet and have it ready to refer to as you need it and to remind yourself of your plan or to add to it.
If you’re having trouble with this, your healthcare provider can help or there are many other programs to help you. Some are listed under the
resources section of this learning module.
If you wish to save the blank form or print your answers, refer to the
Once you’ve come up with your plan, ask yourself:
How confident am I that this is something I will do? You can rate your confidence on a scale of 1 to 10, (1 is not confident and 10 is very confident).
If you rated your confidence less than a 7 out of 10 you may want to think about the following:
- What might get in your way and how can you address this or problem solve around it?
- Is your goal and plan the right one for you at this time?
- Can you break your goal down into smaller, more manageable steps for yourself?
- Do you need more support, skills, or other things in place to help you get there?
There’s no right or wrong way to answer, but rather think of it as a chance to plan in a way that increases the likelihood of being successful with your goals.