Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Daily Thought
Keys to Effective Goal Setting
The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective, achievable goals:

  • State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively.
  • Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement.
  • Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority.
  • Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
  • Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! In business, these reasons could be bad business environments or unexpected effects of government policy.
  • Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions.

“He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” Victor Hugo

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: What Kind of Aerobic Exercise?
There are many different ways to complete aerobic exercise, it really doesn’t matter which one you choose as long as you like what you choose. If you don’t like a certain kind of aerobic exercise you won’t do it, plain and simple. It may be a run around the neighborhood, or a group exercise class, or anything in between. Cardio machines tend to be the best place to start as they are easy to get started and you can regulate the intensity easily. Treadmills are the most popular because they mimic the daily activity of walking and is a comfortable way for most people to start. Whatever you choose pick something that you enjoy, anything that gets your heart rate up and keeps it up for an extended period of time qualifies, walk the stairs, take a dance class, or even go roller-skating. If you enjoy what you are doing you will be more likely to do it regularly enough to produce better fitness. Choose something!
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Nutrition Tip: Try not to eat alone
Americans are increasingly eating in solitude. Although there is some research to suggest that light eaters will eat more when they dine with others (perhaps because they spend more time at the table), for people prone to overeating, communal meals tend to limit consumption, if only because we’re less likely to stuff ourselves when others are watching. We also tend to eat more slowly, since there’s usually more going on at the table than ingestion. This is precisely why so much food marketing is designed to encourage us to eat in front of the TV or in the car: When we eat alone, we eat more. But regulating appetite is only part of the story: The shared meal elevates eating from a biological process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community.”
“What also is becoming increasingly apparent is that all the processes are profoundly affected by what we consciously do, what we think, what we feel, and how we react. Research is now clear that the inability to manage oneself efficiently leads to premature aging, diminished mental clarity and even blocked access to our innate intelligences. The converse is also true, increasing internal coherence leads to more efficiency in all physiological systems and greater creativity adaptability and flexibility.” Chaos to Coherence, the book

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