What Are Your Goals For 2013?

Published on April 1, 2013 by arothstein

set goalsContributed by Meredith Butulis, DPT, MSPT, ACSM HFS, CPT, Health Fitness Program Chair – Broadview University Online

Many times, achieving goals requires a behavior change. Behavior change often requires feedback.

Here is an example of one way to provide yourself feedback on whether you are achieving your goals.

What you need:

  1. A container to put small objects in. This is your GOALS feedback jar.
  2. A set of color coded objects such as sticky tabs, marbles, different types of coins, etc.
  3. A list of a few goals.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick key behaviors that lead to a few of your goals.
  2. Assign each behavior a specific color or object.
  3. At the end of the day, see which behaviors you performed well. For each behavior you performed well, put the appropriate object in the jar.
  4. Set goals for yourself on how many objects you would like in the jar each week.

Here’s an example:

I will use color-coded sticky tabs to represent each behavior.

Here are sample key behaviors to change, along with their colors:

Each night, I put a colored tab in the jar for each behavior I fully accomplished. At the end of the week I count them up and see how close I am to my goals. I adjust how many tabs I want to accumulate in the upcoming week to keep my behaviors and goals realistic. Repeat this process until the new behavior is a habit.

You can use this process, or another similar one to modify any behavior or work toward most goals. What are your goals? What behaviors do you want to change? What methods of feedback and/or rewards do you find to work well? Share your ideas with us!



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