How Does Weight Loss Fit Into Your Vision?
Many people get so wrapped up in the daily aspects of their lives that they fail to envision long term goals. In job interviews, potential employers often ask, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” While you tend to phrase your answer in terms of your career, it is a good question to ask yourself at any time. People often set goals for themselves on New Year’s Day only to forget about them in less than a month. If losing weight is part of your long term plan, engaging in visioning activities can help you meet your goal more easily. Follow these tips for envisioning your new body and devising a plan to get it there.
Have A Concrete Goal
One contributing factor to failing a diet and exercise plan is the lack of a clear goal. Many people say, “I want to lose weight,” but they fail to come up with a quantifiable goal or a number for which they can strive. The University of California, Berkeley posted a blog on its website about career planning, but its information about goal setting applies in any situation. “Your vision is a ‘picture’ of what you aspire to – and what inspires you – in your work life. Articulating your vision statement for your career is the first step in helping you eventually reach your… goals.” If you’re starting a weight loss plan, have a goal in mind before you start, so you will be able to measure your progress in the context of your overall objective.
Articulate Your Goals In Terms of Your Vision
Keeping your overall vision in mind when developing goals will allow you to create a set of solid steps toward achieving them. Jessica Stoner of the Seaport Center for Collaborative Leadership posted a blog on the organization’s website titled, “A Big Goal Is Not the Same As A Vision.” In it, she states, “Goals quantify and define the steps you must take. They are the signposts that let you know you are moving in the right direction. They are measurable and answer questions like When? and How much? (rather thanWhy? which is addressed by your vision).” Taking this approach in your weight loss plan will allow you to take measurable action rather than aiming for an arbitrary number.
Creating Your Vision
When developing your vision, it is important to be specific. According to the Community Tool Box, published by The University of Kansas, “Go ahead and dare to dream about what you can do and what is possible to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to dream big. You can always scale down to meet the realities of the situation, but dreaming big allows you to think about ideas that may not seem likely, yet are in fact possible. Thinking big also forces you to think about the long term, always a useful thing to do.” By thinking long term and picturing all aspects of your vision, you have a definable target. Even if your initial vision is unachievable, you can use it to refine. For example, developing a weight loss vision that is completely out of line with your body type is unattainable. But you can use it as a starting point for determining which parts of your body you want to change the most and developing a vision that is suitable for you.
Visioning is an excellent tool for setting and achieving goals of all types, including weight loss. Using this tool can help you come up with a step-by-step plan to follow, which could increase your chances for success. Rather than waiting to set another New Year’s Resolution, take the opportunity to develop your vision and then start taking steps toward achieving it.