KEYC - THRIVE: Setting Goals For 2018

THRIVE: Setting Goals For 2018

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MANKATO, Minn. -

A new year means many are trying to set goals for a healthier lifestyle, but before jumping in, Mankato Clinic Psychologist Darcie Jacobs says first you need to consider how ready you are to make the change.

"January 1st sounds like a great time to be able to make a lifestyle or behavioral change, but maybe you're not really ready," Jacobs said.

There are ways to determine if a goal is good for you.

The first is to decide if it lines up with your values. Think about times in your life already when you're engaging in that healthy behavior without thinking about it and build off it.

Then find a way to state your goals positively.

"Maybe instead of saying I'm going to quit smoking, I'm going to work on cutting back my smoking," Jacobs said.

Also make sure the goals you set are measurable and in your control.

An example is setting a goal to lose weight.

"There's a lot of factors that go into that," Jacobs said. "Is that end goal the only way to measure success? Or are there other smaller goals along the way that are going to help keep me motivated and keep me interested and help me feel like a success."

Lastly, it helps to find someone who is already engaged in your goal and follow their example.

--KEYC News 12