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Using Goal Setting to Achieve Your Dreams

Goal setting is a great tactic and can really give you edge when trying to achieve anything in life not just your fitness goals. Professional sports people use it regularly and many teams actually have a sports psychologist on board full time who is valued as much as a team doctor. What the professionals are doing today usually trickles down to the rest of us tomorrow, but I’m going to explain the steps here so you can get the edge to today.

Research continually shows that performance is linked to goals that are set. Your goals are what you set out to achieve in a time frame that you also set. Research also shows that the clearer the goals the more of them are met.

Setting your self clear and defined weight loss goals will not guarantee you success but it will give you a significantly better chance of achieving what you want then people who have either no goals or very vague ones.

Here is a step by step guide of how you can write out your own well formed goals. It should take no longer than 3 hours to do and once you have finished leave it for a few days and then revisit them and see if that is really what you want, only then will you know for sure. Regularly review you goals to keep you focussed and on track to achieving them, this will take you no longer than ten minutes at a time.

  1. Write down exactly and precisely what your ideal world would be like three years from today.

  2. Make sure your description is well balanced and that you have covered all areas of your life, don’t neglect anything.

  3. Make sure your description is very specific, if you want a certain type of shoes, what are their brand? Exactly what colour are they? Where will you buy them? How will they make you feel? Etc.

  4. Make sure your description is challenging but not impossible.

  5. Make sure it is what you really want.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for one year goals, identifying any milestone to reach along the way.

  7. Repeat steps 1-5 for 6 months, 3 months and 1 week goals.

Good luck and I hope that you achieve all that you desire!

About Author
Ross Adkin is a Personal trainer east london and owner of City of London Personal Training. You can find more information at his website City of London Personal Training

One Step Closer to Weight Loss Goal

Weight management program should not be something you plan, strictly followed, and end up feeling bad when you do not keep up, it can not be effective if this is your perspective. Healthy habits should be flexible and you should be comfortable with the plan to follow it with confidence. Thus habits will work for you and not against you. Mechanically after weight loss tips will not help you anyway.

Often follow diets for a few months, be happy with the weight loss, and return to old form. Diets are widely regarded as a short-term orientation. It becomes a cycle after a while – go on a diet, weight reduction, be happy and eat well, put on weight again and again dieting. Instead of chasing its tail, you should understand that inculcate healthy eating habits as a part of your life is more realistic, then in progress on and off diets. You need to integrate and re-orient shot term diets in an extended life in a more realistic way. Reduce weight slowly is not only safe and effective, but is also the most realistic.

Short-term goals are not very successful in this cause. Most people when they set goals and short time to get back to the old lifestyle. This way you will only end up gaining more weight, if you fail to close completely. Instead of a plan for long-term goal, break it into short-term goals, and take it one day at a time. If you splurge on a good meal, it’s alright. Do it for low-fat eating for the rest of the day. Take one at a time and this will make it easier to achieve what you really want. This will also make you motivated to succeed following a health conscious way of life that is the key to a fit and healthy body toned. Remember that each time you reach your goal in the short term, you’re making the widest. Experience cooks your favorite food in a healthy way, eating not only healthy but tasty food. This will make it even easier to reach your goal. For example, if you love pizza, looks to a less fattening technique of preparation and tracking. You will feel great if it works out. You can do this for all your favorite dishes and be overwhelmed with the results. Think of new and interesting alternatives for all your ingredients high in fat, so you do not compromise on taste to stay healthy. This will also perk up your motivation.

Success is what you’re looking at, ultimately. Remember that taking small steps toward that every day will bring you closer to him, in no time. Will reduce your weight naturally in a short period of time, and you will experience change.

Mental Toughness – Staying goal directed

We are all encouraged to have goals – to set objectives and have targets. When we think of goals, usually we only consider the big long-term goals, such as buying a home. However it is often our everyday goals and actions which we need to focus on in order to increase our happiness and make life more enjoyable.

Our thoughts, emotions and behaviour can either support or undermine us in our pursuit of goals and objectives. Goal directed thinking and behaviour supports us in our aims, objectives and survival. In this newsletter I have included some tips and examples to keep you goal directed and mindful of your everyday goals.

Staying goal directed means that we are personally responsible for our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Therefore we are personally responsible for our outcomes and are in control. It is our thinking and beliefs that cause us to have negative or harmful emotions such as anger, frustration and irritation. These emotions can then have an impact on our behaviour towards situations and other people.

For example, I may go to a party – think that I’m unattractive (thoughts) – feel depressed (emotions) – drink two bottles of wine (behaviour) – have a fight with my best friend (outcome). Does this sound familiar? (My number is at the bottom of the page)

So, by recognising that our thoughts and behaviour are not supporting us and are self-defeating, we can dispute them and choose realistic thoughts to maintain perspective and stay goal directed.

To stay goal directed we could ask ourselves simple questions about our current situation and circumstances.

What is my goal here?

To have a pleasant journey
To enjoy my evening
To have a loving relationship
To get on with people
To effectively communicate with my children
To stay healthy
To have a successful career
To work harmoniously with my colleagues

When having negative thoughts and emotions we can stay goal directed by asking ourselves this pragmatic question:

How does thinking or behaving this way help me to feel good or achieve my goals?

Does being angry with peoples’ noisy Ipods and phones help me relax and have a pleasant journey?
Does worrying about how I look help me enjoy my evening?
Does blaming my partner and staying angry help me have a loving relationship?
Does demanding that others have the same beliefs as I do, help me get on with people?
Does shouting help me to communicate with my children?
Does eating fatty foods help me stay healthy?
Does being late help me have a successful career?
Does blaming and labelling my colleagues help the team effort?

Simple isn’t it? As long as we remain mindful of our goals and objectives in everyday situations we can adapt our thinking and behaviour to obtain those goals. It’s just a case of taking a moment to reflect on our goals, before harmful emotions such as anger take a hold of our actions.

Put this into practice today, maybe before you make that phone call, enter that meeting or… go on that date.


Phil Pearl
Mental Toughness, Resilience & Hypnotherapy
10 Harley Street

Tel 0207 467 8548

[email protected]

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Phil Pearl Mental Toughness, Resilience & Hypnotherapy 10 Harley Street London W1G 9PF Tel 0207 467 8548 [email protected]

Universal Adoption of EMR Systems – Can We Meet The Goal?

Electronic medical record systems are utilized by hospitals, insurance companies and other medical institutions to manage patient information. An electronic health record (EHR), or electronic medical record (EMR), is just as it sounds: instead of information stored on a paper “chart,” all pertinent information is stored electronically. A comprehensive EMR system allows for easy storage, sharing, and retrieval of information, patient billing, and other elements that integrate into the patient management process.

Proponents for universal adoption of electronic medical records have been working diligently for years and it is hoped President-elect Obama will work with Congress to make this a priority in 2009. President-elect Obama recently announced goals for his administration in this arena, offering the same justification for the transition that advocates have been touting for years.  In a speech on January 8th, Obama stated, “To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests. But it just won’t save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs; it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health-care system.”

Obama is not the first president to support EMRs, in 2004, President Bush outlined a plan to ensure that most Americans would have electronic health records within the next 10 years . A recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics showed that 38% of physicians are using some type of full or partial EMR system. But, some statistics show that number to be only 17%. While progress has been made, we have a long way to go to meet the goal.

There are a few known challenges that are currently preventing adoption. The first is a fear of lost productivity during a transition. Implementation and training all take time. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil, and not much can be done to prevent it. It’s understood that once implemented, productivity will in fact increase, but many are still afraid to take that first step. As the percentage of those using EMR systems increases, this fear will decrease. 

The second challenge is cost. Success stories have shown that the implementation of EMR systems saves both time and money, but there still must be an up front investment. For large institutions with equally large budgets, financing such a system may not be a challenge, and many large institutions have already made the transition. On the other hand, smaller offices may find it more difficult to find funding. There is hope on the horizon. No longer geared solely toward large institutions, EHR systems are being developed to meet the custom needs of smaller practices. e-MDs, based in Austin, TX,  offers Solution Series™, an integrated clinical and practice management software system. They are one of the few companies who offer affordable, advanced, and comprehensive technology to the segment of the health care industry that can benefit the most—practices of six of fewer practitioners. Adoption is easier on a smaller scale and hopefully these smaller practices can provide a model for others.

The barriers to adoption are slowly dissipating, and with Obama now making a public push towards universal adoption, maybe Bush’s original goal can be fulfilled. Perhaps the difference this time around will be the amount of funding that will be focused on this agenda. At this time, what portion of Obama’s proposed $50 billion dollar health care reform plan will be allocated to this objective is unknown, but one thing is clear: The time is now.

About Author
Helen Walker. e-MDs is the developer of Solution Series? – the standard for affordable and integrated electronic medical records and practice management software .

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