6 Prioritize your goals
You will not be able to achieve all your goals at once. Rank them in order of importance, starting with your most important goal. Write down this ranking.
Describe for goal number 1:
• What is the first step you are going to take towards achieving this goal?
• Be very concrete, when will you start working on this goal, and how much time per week do you plan to spend on it the coming weeks?
• Start small. For example, start with walking for 5 minutes a day if your goal is to exercise more.
7. Identify and overcome obstacles
In life, things do not always come easy, and you will have to make choices. It can be very helpful to anticipate on possible obstacles and setbacks. Research shows that people who make clear plans and also think about what they will do when they face obstacles, have a higher chance of achieving their goals than people who do not do this.
Describe for each goal the possible obstacles you might face, and how you could overcome these. You can use the following format:
If obstacle, then solution
Example: If the gym is closed, then I will exercise outside
You have now taken the first steps towards a new life. A life in which you decide yourself on your own path. Start to work on this. For example, if you have decided to exercise more or to make another change in your lifestyle, then keep this up for at least three weeks. This is the average time that is needed to change an old habit and learn a new one.