Why You Should Share Your Health Goals
It’s hardly new news that setting GOALS helps you to create (and stick to) an intention, especially when it comes to big hairy things like the Autoimmune Protocol framework. But did you know that there’s real power in sharing your AIP goals with other people who get it, too?
One of the biggest challenges on this road to better health is just how you break the protocol down into manageable chunks and stop yourself from becoming completely overwhelmed. If you think of the AIP as the path, then your goals are the spotlights along the way. They help you to light up what’s important to you. Just like a spotlight, the things closest to you will be the brightest.
And, when you share your goals with other like-minded AIPers, they help to shine even more light onto your path (and, if we mine this metaphor even further, sometimes they can even show you short-cuts because they’ve travelled the path before…)
It will come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of regularly setting goals to help me stay on track with my health choices.
And then, I share them. My goals, I mean.
At the beginning of each AIP Reset, each Resetter spends a couple of days creating three very specific and targeted personal goals they want to achieve during their 30-days. And while these goals are different for each Resetter, they are all related to the foundational AIP tenets.
Of course, I want my Resetters to get to the end of their month in the program feeling they have achieved something meaningful when it comes to (re)finding their AIP groove, but the real purpose of this activity is to help in prioritising what is particularly important for each of them. To critically assess their health caper. To assist them in each personalising their health ‘stuff’.
And by important, I mean today. Now. Not next week or next month or next year
Just like AIP itself, this goal-setting caper is a very personal thing. In fact, a well thought out goal gets to the real heart of your most vulnerable and challenging health ‘stuff’. Not only do goals reflect your desires, but they also have the power to change your life – if you implement them well, of course.
Here’s the thing, though – given the very personal nature of health goals, we have a tendency to keep our goals and big, hairy health dreams to ourselves.
But, there CAN BE great power in goal sharing
Creating and sharing your health goals with others who get it can be an important step in you actually reaching them…
Here are some of the reasons your chances of actually achieving your goals can be greatly increased when you share them with others on a similar path:
Sharing your goals makes you more accountable
I may bang on a bit about developing an internal locus of control, but the truth remains that I’ve yet to meet an AIPer who doesn’t care what other people think. When you share your goals with others who understand what you’re going through, you’re literally making yourself more accountable. The act of sharing with other AIPers that, “I will eat at least 8 serves of vegetables every day for the next 30-days”, makes this intention very real and encourages you to stick to your goal – it’s almost as if you are letting them down if you don’t
There is some evidence to suggest that when you write down your goal, you are more likely to achieve it. So, if you bring other people in on your goals as well as documenting them, your engagement increases even more. This is especially true in AIP Reset – we write down our goals, we share them AND we have a formal ‘check-in’ on goal progress half-way through the month.
Sharing your goals gives you clarity about what is a priority.
Sometimes, it can be challenging to prioritise your health goals. There is simply so much you want to achieve… all those leafy greens, and liver, and seafood, and creating a sleep ritual, and moving your body (even when you don’t feel like it), and spending time outdoors, and having quality connections with others, and developing your stress management, and, and, and…
The act of sharing gives you the opportunity to hone in on what’s important right now, and to craft a very meaningful goal (or three) with the input of other AIPers who are taking a similar path. There are experiences to be shared and ideas on what has worked for those who have gone before you
That means your goals become clearer and more structured.
Sharing your goals helps you develop your critical thinking
Hopefully, you already know about the benefits of keeping a food and mood journal as you navigate your AIP caper. And to maximise the effectiveness of this practice, critical assessment should form part of your process.
This is where you take a moment to ask yourself:
- What’s working?
- What’s not working?
- What’s tricky?
It’s where you set aside time to analyse both your progress and your results.
Sharing your goals makes this process easier. You may even find it helpful to use your AIP peers as informal mentors. They can support you and cheer you on as you get close to your personal goal finish lines
Sharing your goals motivates you
Let’s say that one of your goals this month is to try fermenting your own vegetables for the first time? Simply sharing this with somebody else who gets what a daunting prospect this can be for a first-time fermenter serves as a form of incentive. And, this is less about accountability, but rather about getting you excited about the possibilities of creating a new nutrient-dense hobby.
Sharing your goals can help you to build your community
It’s very easy to become isolated when you suffer from chronic illness, especially when it’s an invisible one. I get it.
But we human beans are designed to connect. Building your AIP community can actually benefit your health.
It takes courage to share your ‘stuff’ with others. Exposing your underbelly is never easy. But when you find the right community, the rewards can be profound when it comes to your health.
So much so that I reckon actually making ‘building your community’ a goal is a big part of reclaiming your health.