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Q: How can I set realistic goals for my life in 2014?

Posted December 25, 2013 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: As we close 2013 and look forward to 2014, the time is upon us to set goals. Start by taking some quiet time to reflect and honestly evaluate where you are at in this moment of your life with your health, your relationships, your finances, your job — any area of your life that is important to you and then determine where you desire to be. Once you have determined this, you can decide what goals to set and actions to take to get you there. The purpose of setting these goals is to challenge and remind you to create healthy, life-enriching habits as we are wrapping up the busiest time of the year and beginning a new one that is full of potential. Goals give you direction and daily review of your goals will keep you mindful and focused on the end result.

Choose goals that are activity oriented as well as result oriented. For example, instead of just “lose 10 pounds,” choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day” or “walk 30 minutes daily”  — positive actions instead of just the end result. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done, but are not difficult to accomplish.

Imagine what your life could look like at the end of 2014 if you implemented just a few small changes now, today. Make it your best year yet by becoming the best version of yourself.

Information provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., 967-9300.

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