“O” is for Objective

“O” is for Objectives!

Objectives–Don’t keep going in circles, move toward your goals!

While I don’t want to get stuck in word semantics, I do think it is important to recognize why we use objectives, rather than goals. Goals typically refer to the general outcome you want to achieve, such as losing weight. Objectives, on the other hand, are more specific and may utilize the SMART acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Sensitive.) BUT, again, don’t let that trip you up!

We have talked about the vision – your dream of what you would like your life to be, and we have discussed the mission…some would say that the vision is the dream while the mission is the what and why. But, for purposes of this conversation, let’s keep the positive vision of where you are going in view and why you want to go there. For example, I want to live a healthy life so I can continue to do physical activities with my family as I age. The vision can expand deep into what you want to feel like, where you go, how you look, what you do when you are healthy – the possibilities are endless! Last week’s assignment should have been fun! Not tedious. Now the real work begins – how are you going to get there?

Here is where we are headed over the next few weeks. If you want assistance with what to eat and what exercises to do to follow-up with the Reboot | Refresh | Rethink Program, be sure to reach out to us! Our Take 5! Program begins January 21st. Until then, go back to your actions you listed last week and do one a day.

We will set Objectives (how much of what will be accomplished by when) this week, followed by Strategies (the how), and then the specific Action plan (what change will happen). Hopefully you also jotted down some actions that you can implement. The work you do on this process now will give you a roadmap for ALL of 2021 with possible detours and roadblocks along the way but hope of the final destination. SO often people set resolutions in January and by March, they are off track. Our hope for you is to set a year-long plan–You won’t always do it perfectly, but you will do it consistently!

Here are my top objectives:

1. Eat Whole Foods 80% of the time.

2. Drink 64 ounces of water per day.

3. Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables per day.

4. Meet the National Exercise Guidelines per week (strength 2-3 times, cardio 150 minutes, flexibility most days)

5. Practice mindfulness! And reduce stress for 20 minutes 3 times per week.

Look familiar? Yes, they are the principles of the Take 5! Program! Next week we will talk about proven strategies such as meal planning and prep–simple, but not necessarily easy. It is a journey with twists, turns, detours, ups and downs! Need coaching? We’d be more than happy to help–Reach out today!