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Set Your Goals

You are more likely to achieve a goal if you:

  1. believe your goal is important
  2. feel confident you can do it, and
  3. feel ready to work on the goal

After you have a vision, you need to make changes. These changes will help you reach your vision. Set goals to help you make these changes. You can set a few goals to reach your vision.

How to Choose Your Goals

Ask yourself this question:

What do I need to do to reach my vision?

There can be a few things you need to do to reach your vision, for example:

  • sleep better
  • eat healthy
  • exercise
  • manage stress
  • track and respond to my blood sugar readings

Achieve your goals to get closer to your vision. For example, when you eat healthy and exercise you will have more energy.

How to Achieve Your Goals

As you write out your goals you may feel like the changes are too much to handle. It is normal to feel that way.

Pick one goal to start. Do not make too many changes at once.

If you still feel it is too much to handle, talk to your healthcare team for help.

1. Choose one goal to work on

Write this goal below.

The one goal I will work on is:

 

2. List the reasons why you want to reach this goal

Think about how your life will change if you reach this goal. Write down your reasons below.

I want to reach my goal because:

 

3. How important is this goal right now?

Circle a number on the scale below.

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Not very important Very Important

To succeed you must believe your goal is important. If the goal is important, you will work hard to achieve it.

Your rating should be 7 or higher to succeed.

  • If you circled 6 or less, the goal is not important enough right now. Choose a new goal.
  • If you circled 7 or higher, answer the next question below.

4. How confident are you to achieve this goal?

Circle a number on the scale below.

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Not very confident Very Confident

To succeed you must believe you can do this. If you are confident, you are more likely to achieve your goal.

Your rating should be 7 or higher to succeed.

  • If you circled 6 or less, you need more confidence to achieve this goal. Try to make changes to your goal to feel more confident. If you cannot make changes to your goal, choose a new goal.
  • If you circled 7 or higher, answer the next question.

5. How ready are you to work on this goal?

Circle a number on the scale below.

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I am not ready I am very ready

To succeed you must believe you are ready.

Your rating should be 7 or higher to succeed.

  • If you circled 6 or less, then you are not ready to work on this goal. Choose a new goal.

6. Make your goal detailed

Ask yourself these 4 questions. Write down your answers below.

How will I know I have reached my goal?

 

Can I do what it takes to reach my goal? Is it too hard?

 

Is this goal going to help me reach my vision?

 

When do I want to achieve this goal? Is there enough time?

 

Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016