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Set your goal, get to your ideal weight

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:56am

What does it take to stay on your diet and lose all the weight you need to lose?

In a summary of thirty-five years of research on goal setting and task motivation in the 2002 edition of the American Psychologist, the psychologists, Edwin Locke and Gary Latham, reported that people do better with difficult goals when

  • they have feedback that shows progress
  • when they have good commitment to the goal
  • when they have the knowledge they need to accomplish the task at hand

People perform better when the terms of the difficut goal, that is the what, the how, the when, and the why, are carefully spelled out. Goals set like this can energize you into making a greater effort toward higher goals.

Feedback, commitment, and knowledge are not separate entities. They are intertwined, each growing out of the others and influencing the others to grow. For example, feedback that shows you're progressing helps you commit yourself to the long-term goal.

So - when you make your weight loss plan, keep these three components of goal-setting in mind: feedback, commitment, and knowledge. Go ahead and develop the three as fully as you can. Identify what knowledge you'll need, and find ways to obtain it. Give yourself feedback. Finally, figure out how to keep good commitment to your goal.

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