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So, you’ve recently set yourself a goal to embrace a healthier lifestyle or more effective work habit. I’d like to share with you one important strategy that will truly increase your chances of achieving that goal over the next few weeks and months.

It involves surrendering the big spectacular health goal and embracing humble beginnings.

Here’s just one reason why. It’s little publicised, but many Biggest Loser contestants, who lose spectacular amounts of weight on the show, go on to regain their weight, according to 2008 Biggest Loser contestant Andrew Cosi. “I would say that about 75 per cent of the contestants from my series in 2008 are back to their starting weight. About 25 per cent have had gastric banding or surgery,” says Cosi.

And Season 3 Biggest Loser finalist of the US show, Kai Hibbard, is now speaking out about the eating disorder she battles everyday, as a result of her participation in the show.

There is a better way to get healthy and stay healthy. No one puts it better than renowned Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman.

When Donald Bradman was interviewed about how he managed to score so many centuries, he replied that he never set out to make 100. He would simply focus on facing the first ball, then the next ball, and the next one after that.

As it turns out, the health behaviour change literature concurs with Bradman’s approach of taking one small step at a time, adding up over time, as the key to long term success.

So, Whether You Have Already Set Your Goals, Or Are Still Shaping Them…

ASK: can I keep my goal meaningful, but make it smaller? If the answer is yes, then Do It! Getting some early success under your belt really builds motivation and confidence for continuing to make change over time.

If you are concerned about not stretching yourself enough, don’t worry, you can always set a new goal when you reach the first base. I’d love to hear some of your approaches to being a ‘smallest winner’ this year.

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