Our suggestion to not set health and fitness goals may come to you as a surprise. Most people believe in setting goals, which is not inherently wrong. It is ambitious, it can be fruitful, and it may even be fulfilling. But you should note there are no guarantees – whether it ultimately proves successful is entirely conditional. As you are about to discover, more often than not health and fitness goals lead to disappointment, if not outright failure.
The alternative is to set your sights on the process, or system, instead of the objective. While you could argue doing so implies you are striving towards an ultimate goal regardless, the difference is what merits your attention. And it is where your focus lies that determines your chances of succeeding.
To clarify, let us go over an example. We will start with a health and fitness goal of losing 20 pounds and lowering your blood sugar levels.
We are not suggesting you do not do your best to lose weight or reverse your prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. But if you set highly specific goals, you are going to burden yourself with big expectations. You will regularly remind yourself you “need” to lose 20 pounds and lower your blood sugar. When you are making progress, this is fine. But when you stall, you are going to start second-guessing: you are going to fear failure. Your confidence in your ability to succeed will take a hit, which could make you take your hard-earned progress for granted.
Congratulations if you do succeed. But what comes next? Will you feel you need to set another goal due to your goal-setting mentality making you feel aimless without one? Even if you succeed with some important goals, you are going to miss out on others. This is likely to hurt your self-esteem, and potentially make you feel depressed at your inability to succeed.
If your intention is to lose weight and better your health, it is infinitely better to focus on the responsible process or system. In the case of lowering your blood sugar and reducing your weight by say 20 pounds, this involves healthy eating and exercising. Instead of focusing on your ultimate goal, concentrate on eating well today. Exercise not to help you to reduce your weight but because it is necessary for a healthy body. And trust your blood sugar is going to be lower the next time you go in for a check-up because you have changed your food choices and adopted a healthier lifestyle.
When you concentrate on the process itself, it is impossible to feel upset. Consequently, you are more likely to make progress. If you live a healthier life by actively managing your food choices and overall lifestyle, you will avoid the ups and downs that come with goals, while gaining the same benefits. And you will avoid feeling aimless or frustrated, which is common for goal-setters.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.
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