The key to setting goals is to ensure that they are S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Here are a few other suggestions for harnessing the power of goals and making the most of your Challenge:
Tell everyone about your goals. That way they are real to those around you, and your friends, family and co-workers can hold you accountable.
Set more than one goal. In addition to losing weight, what about clothing sizes? Do you want to be able to run to the park with your kids? Run a 5K at the end of your Challenge? Tackle a new project at work? Think outside the box and brainstorm. Get creative and write your aspirations down!
Make your goals specific. Saying you want to lose 24 pounds in 12 weeks is vague, and the steps you need to take are not clear. Break your goal of 24 pounds at the end of 12 weeks down into 1-2 pounds per week so it's easier to measure your progress.
Set smaller weekly goals. This keeps you moving forward, and gives you a chance to see how your small accomplishments add up to help you achieve bigger goals. Mark off each meal that you eat, workout that you do, and glass of water that you drink. Small changes lead to big results!
Review your goals every day. Post them on your mirror, computer monitor or refrigerator so you will see them often and become mindful of your progress.