December 16, 2022

Developing Healthy Social Relationships Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

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Having healthy social relationships isn’t the first thing people think of when setting goals. We usually think of hard work, concentration, and willpower, which are often associated with internal or solitary efforts. Chances are, no one has told you to go out and make more friends to achieve your goals.

The power of a strong support system is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. According to research by Gail Matthews at Sonitrol, individuals who set actionable goals and share weekly progress reports with peers achieve 40% more than those who don’t.

Having healthy social relationships isn’t just about catching a movie together. It’s also about learning and growing together. The encouragement of friends and loved ones can truly get us through our most difficult challenges.

Of course, no one can accomplish your goals for you. It’s ultimately up to you to put in the work, but healthy social relationships can sustain you on your journey.


Developing Healthy Social Relationships Can Help You Achieve Your Goals


Setting Goals: Where Do You Start?

In order to set goals, you first have to know what your goals will be. Where do you want to go, and what steps will you need to take to get there? Think of something that will make you feel happy and fulfilled. Close your eyes and picture yourself having achieved this goal. Now, work backward and ask yourself what you can do to make it a reality.

Implementing SMART goals is one way to increase your chances of success. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-frame specific. Rather than say, “I’m going to work hard to improve my fitness,” for example, try this: “I’m going to start working out three times a week and try a group fitness class.”

Once you have your goals in mind, write them down. Those who write down their goals are 20% more likely to accomplish them. Why? It makes your goals feel less like idle dreams and more like concrete plans.


How Can Others Help You with Your Goals?

The next step in goal-setting is to share your goals with a friend, a loved one or someone in the community. This accomplishes two things. One: speaking your goals aloud is another way to make them feel tangible and realistic. Two: it holds you accountable. Ask a friend to check in with you regularly to track your progress. The power of having someone ask you “What did you do to improve your fitness this week?” will surprise you.

Again, consider the importance of specificity. How will this person get in touch with you, and how often?


How MissionFit Can Help


At MissionFit, you never have to accomplish your goals alone. Our goal is to help you reach your full potential by fostering healthy social relationships and teamwork. By working with us to improve your fitness, you can make a realistic plan that works for you. We can be your accountability buddy!

Building a supportive community for youth is also important to us. That’s why all of our classes are free for Baltimore residents between the ages of 11 and 24. However, our programs are all-inclusive and anyone can participate. We offer $10 drop-in rates and donation-based classes to ensure that those in the community can reach their goals. For us, our purpose always comes first, not profit.


Strengthen Baltimore’s Youth with MissionFit!


At MissionFit, we recognize the fact that community, family, and healthy social relationships are essential to set goals. We are highly dedicated to strengthening Baltimore youth through classes and an open gym. It’s our goal to encourage positive traits, like respect and teamwork, and provide children with a place to gain self-confidence and enjoy some exercise. To learn more about our classes or donate to support our mission, visit our website. We’re making health a possibility and a priority for Baltimore’s youth. If you want to support us, here are two easy ways to do so:

  1. Donate here if you believe community, family, and relationships impact health!
  2. You can put your online shopping to good use by donating a percentage of your purchase with AmazonSmile! To get started, sign in here, search for “MissionFit” and select us as your charity of choice.

December 16, 2022

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