Succeeding with Goal Setting

After many years of helping patients set and achieve goals related to their health, here are the clinical team’s top tips for success.

Identify your personal objectives

  • Recognising your unique needs and aspirations is crucial to crafting goals that resonate with you. 
  • Reflect on what motivates you to embark on this journey towards better health. 
  • Consider the aspects of health and well-being that are most meaningful to you. 
  • Evaluate your current situation and focus on areas that may require improvement or change. 
  • Determine which goals are most critical to your overall well-being and focus on them. 

Break down goals 

  • Sometimes our long term goals are ambitious, and this is motivating! However, if they are going to take a little while to achieve, it can help to break them down into smaller milestones so we don’t get fatigued along the way.
  • Celebrate each milestone achieved to maintain motivation.

Create actionable plans 

  • Once your goals are defined, it's time to draft some actionable plans, that is things you can do or steps you can take to achieve the goal.
  • Consider the resources and support you may need.
  • Anticipate what barriers may prevent you from succeeding and plan ways to navigate these.

Track your progress!

  • This is very important! We know that goal setting is most successful when paired with self monitoring.
  • If your goals are around weight loss, reducing blood pressure or waist circumference, you can track these in the Me section of the Roczen App.
  • Use a calendar to tick off days when you have achieved your goals.
  • Share achievements and challenges with your mentor, the clinical team or other patients in our official Facebook group.
  • Try to attend the 4 week reviews with our clinical team so we can provide you feedback and review your progress.

Keep motivation high

  • Acknowledge your efforts and celebrate every step forward, no matter how small.
  • Embrace setbacks as learning opportunities and use them as key information to refine your plan. 
  • Treat yourself to rewards when you achieve milestones, therefore reinforcing positive behaviour. 
  • Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself during challenging times.

Build a support system 

  • Within Roczen, you have access to a fantastic support system, whether that’s other patients, your Mentor or the clinical team.
  • Engage with the community (Strava, Facebook Group) for shared experiences and encouragement.
  • Tell your friends and family about your goals, explain why they are important to you and ask for their help in keeping you on track.

Adjust when necessary 

  • Regularly evaluate your progress and assess if your goals need adjustments - your clinician will help you with this!
  • Be open to modifying your strategies as you learn and grow on your journey. 
  • Stay committed to your objectives, but balance this with other life priorities, don’t be afraid to hit pause when you need to.

Maintaining Long-Term Success 

  • Adopt sustainable lifestyle changes for weight loss and diabetes management, remembering that these are long term conditions and they require a long term approach.
  • Set new goals to keep progressing and growing to ensure they align with your current priorities.

We hope you find these tips useful and wish you good luck goal-setting! Remember the Roczen team will be more than happy to guide you if you have any further questions or need a helping hand.

August 31, 2023
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