Personal Action Plan

Topic Overview

No matter what your health goal is, creating a specific plan can help you succeed. Follow the steps below to create your plan. This will put you on a path toward meeting your goal.

Step 1: Know your own reason.

Why is this change important to you? Make sure it's something that you really want to do.




Step 2: Set a specific long-term goal.

What is a long-term goal that you can reach in about 6 to 12 months?



Step 3: Set your short-term goals.

How can you create short-term goals that you take week by week to reach your long-term goal?




Step 4: Prepare for slip-ups or setbacks.

What might get in the way of your reaching this goal? You may already know that things like time, money, or emotions could get in the way. How might you get around these things?



Step 5: Plan for support and rewards.

Who can help you meet your goals? Maybe friends, family, or a support group? And how will you reward yourself? A movie, a special meal, an hour to yourself can be a treat.




See your success!

How will your life be different after you make this change?



Credits

Current as ofMay 5, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health