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1-10 Lifestyle Change Scale...Start Making Progress Today!

1-10 Lifestyle Change Scale...Start Making Progress Today!

John L. Pantera

As Spring weather approaches, many of us often think about making healthier lifestyle choices, and perhaps even revisiting the failed and forgotten resolutions that were attempted 90 days ago.

One powerful and impactful lesson regarding making these changes is to learn the 1-10 scale of goal setting reality. This concept states that you must ask yourself the following question when trying to make a change: "On a scale of 1-10, 1 being that I am not able to make this change, 10 being that I am committed to making this change and it will happen quickly, where am I?"

If you are anything less than an 8, then the change is too big or daunting. At that point, you must strip down this big goal to a smaller, more realistic version. For example, if your goal is to take a vitamin each day with your breakfast, and you are honestly struggling to do this, start with a 10 goal such as simply buying the vitamins. Don't worry about taking them yet, just obtaining them. Once you obtain them, then start with taking a vitamin just one day with breakfast. This pattern continues on, and before you know, 90 days later you've made a lifestyle change that is permanent.

By being honest with yourself, as well as setting small 10 goals that you can accomplish, you will make the positive and permanent changes you seek this Spring.

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