The most successful people are prolific goal setters. If you want to make a big change in your life or help your family to be healthier, and happier, I recommend starting by really thinking hard about what your goals are -- and then figuring out how to reach them. Here are some ideas and an example from my life to help you get started in how to do that.
Start by taking a minute to imagine yourself near your final days, looking back on a 'successful' life. What does that life look like? Who is in it? What did you achieve? How different is that life from the one you have now? What will it take to get you from here today to there someday?
Now break it into smaller, less overwhelming steps. Maybe choose just one area of your life to start with. Perhaps it is nutrition, or physical activity or maybe it's managing stress or having a better relationship with a family member.
For example, I want to start by focusing on nutrition. I am passionate about nutrition. Know a fair amount about it. Am a decent cook. But I want to take it to a much higher level. I want to be an extraordinary cook. I want to build more of my own recipes. I want my kids and later my grandkids and great grandkids (I'm planning on living a long time!) to love and rave about my cooking, which is healthy and delicious and not too difficult to make. I have a long way to go, but there's no better time than now to get closer to my vision.
So one of my 2020 goals is to be a better cook. But what does that mean? If I really want to make a run at it, I need to put that vague goal into a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goal. For example:
SMART Goal: By the end of 2020, I will have a repertoire of at least 5 new go-to dinners that my kids, husband, and I love, are healthy, and easy to make.
* Ability to combine ingredients in foods or meals to optimize flavor without compromising healthfulness
* Regular weekly system for meal prep
* Hands-on practice with an expert
Steps to Take
1) Finally finish reading and experimenting with Fat, Salt, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
2) Attend Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives culinary continuing medical education at The Culinary Institute in Napa that provides me with hands on cooking instruction from the experts
3) Make at least one new recipe each week that I've never tried before
How I'll Celebrate once I achieved my goal
* Big high five the kids! Dinner is easier now.
* Date night with my husband (someone else can cook!)
* Sign for the next experience that will help improve my skills even more.