“Wellness Goals Worth Playing For”
Most of us have created goals throughout our lives. Some we have completed and celebrated, some we have had a sense of “so what” about and others we have totally abandoned.
For example, Wellness Goals. You have the intention to be physically fit and healthy. You think that working out and losing weight are goals. They are not. Working out and losing weight is a process, a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. So what is a Wellness goal? First ask yourself, What would I be doing that I’m not currently doing, if I were in better shape?” The answer is a goal worth playing for.
Here are some wellness goals my clients have crafted over time. Notice how playful these Wellness Goals are.
- I hike 2 miles with my dog by …….(fill in a completion date here)
- I play in a golf tournament by………
- I wear my new size 10 dress at my High school reunion by …….
- I surf in Hawaii by….
- I take Salsa dancing lessons by…………
Webster’s definition of a goal is this. “An area or object in which “Play” is directed in order to score.That means goals can be enjoyable.
How long has it been since you’ve “played” towards something? Or do you spend most of your time “working” towards your goals. Not much Fun in the word “work.”
Most of the goals you craft regarding wellness or in any area of your life are most likely tasks, not goals. How do you know the difference? Here are some tasks.
- Balancing your checkbook.
- Filing Work documents.
- Catching up on your emails.
- Working Out 3 times a week.
- Cleaning out the closet.
- Paying off credit card debt.
- Getting my glucose levels under control.
Why are these tasks? Because once they’re completed you experience relief. Admit it, that’s what happens. One key for determining whether you have a task or a goal is to ask yourself” “Will I be relieved when it is done?” If the answer is yes, then it is a task and not a goal. For example, I don’t know too many people who get up in the morning and say “Yippee, another day to count calories!”:
Here are the Qualities your Goal Must have to be a Goal.
- Goals are specific and measurable.
- A goal isn’t an open ended process. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. You attain them and go on to the next goal.
- A goal is a Yes not a No. Stopping something is not a goal. For example… stopping smoking. Worthy action but not a goal.
- A Goal is a Promise to yourself you’re really going to do.
- A Goal is something positive and brings Joy and energy when completed.
- Goals have excitement and are sustained over a specific time span.
- Your goal is like a present you give yourself.
Would it be all right with you to have some fun “playing” towards a Goal?
You just might experience some Joyful Wellness!