Let’s talk about setting goals.

I started coaching a group of 10 awesome people last night. Over the next 6 weeks, they will make huge strides towards improving their health.

I’m so freaking excited for them, I can hardly stand it!!!

We will start this week by establishing some goals. Some really specific, measurable goals.

Then we will write them down. Daily.

Why?

Because our brains need direction. And the more specific that direction the better. And the more we remind our brains of our goals, the better.

Remember that primitive brain we talked about last week?

The primitive brain is the part of the brain that works on autopilot. And it’s happy doing exactly what it has always been doing…seeking pleasure, avoiding pain, and doing that as efficiently as possible.

When we set a goal and write it down, our mature brain (the prefrontal cortex) tells the primitive brain that it is taking control. It tells the primitive brain that we are going to be doing some things differently from here on out. It tells it that things may feel uncomfortable for a while, but it’s for the greater good.

What goals are we working on?

I’ve encouraged this crew to first think about the long game. Where do they want to be with their health 25 years from now? Or 10 years from now, if 25 years seems too abstract.

Then, knowing that future health starts today, what are their shorter-term goals? For this program, we specifically talk about 6-week goals, but I encourage you to think about 1-year goals, 90-day goals, and then daily, weekly, and monthly goes.

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN. GET SPECIFIC. GET MEASURABLE.

Then get ready. Because your brain is going to OBJECT. Your primitive brain is going to start telling you all of the reasons your goals are impossible or unachievable. It likes things the way things are. It doesn’t like change. It just wants to keep you safe and warm and happy right where you are.

We will talk more about this in the next blog!

Interested in working with me to reach all your health goals? Check out the Work with Me section of my website to see my current offerings.

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Traci McCormick, MD

Traci McCormick, MD

I’m a certified lifestyle medicine physician, oncologist, life coach, wife, and mom of 5. As an oncologist, I truly believe in the power of modern medicine. But over the years, I've learned that true health starts with how we feed and care for our bodies.

I am on a mission to spread the word that you have the power to transform your own health!

Traci McCormick, MD

Traci McCormick, MD

I’m a certified lifestyle medicine physician, oncologist, life coach, wife, and mom of 5. As an oncologist, I truly believe in the power of modern medicine. But over the years, I've learned that true health starts with how we feed and care for our bodies.

I am on a mission to spread the word that you have the power to transform your own health!

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