It’s January 1st, and I’m ready to set some goals. I love the planning process – setting goals is fun. But I’ve too often failed to execute. Doing the work required to achieve the goals is always a challenge.
3 Things That Help Me Achieve My Goals
- Breaking the big goal into smaller chunks (mini goals)
- Stating my “why” – the reason achieving the goal is important and/or beneficial
- Thinking through action steps
Goals can be overwhelming unless broken down into manageable chunks with a completion target date.
You need to know WHY the end result is important. That passion and vision for the future will keep you going when the day-to-day steps are boring and difficult.
This probably isn’t your first time to set a certain goal. What’s tripped you up in the past? Think through these obstacles and challenges and make a plan.
Knowing you need to exercise in the morning is good, but get even more specific. What do you need to successfully execute? You may need to go to bed earlier, set up the night before, and have an accountability partner to make sure you get up.
Print out some free FitNow Goal Sheets and get ready to plan for success in 2015.
How To Lose 15 pounds
Here’s an example and how I might break down a goal on the worksheet.
Big Goal: Lose 15 pounds
Why: To feel better about myself, lower my cholesterol, have more energy, fit back into my clothes comfortably.
1. Eat a whole food diet.
Action Notes: plan weekly meals, grocery shop on Saturdays, prepare each day’s food the night before
2. Work out four times a week.
Action Notes: Go to bed by 10pm so I can get up, pack gym bag before bed
3. Cut out sugar.
Action Notes: Clear out cabinets, drink a cup of tea during early afternoon energy slump, chew gum or brush teeth after dinner
4. Increase daily activity.
Action Notes: Set timer on phone for walk/stretch breaks, plan active dates with spouse and friends
Other Helpful Thoughts About Goal Setting
Here are some other tidbits about goals that are helpful to keep in mind.
- Set SMART goals. Goals should be
- Specific – stating who, what, why, when, where and how?
- Measurable – how much? how will you know when your goal is achieved?
- Attainable – a goal that is challenging but not out of reach
- Relevant – your WHY, why is the goal important or worthwhile?
- Time-bound – set a target date, when will you achieve it?
- Reaching goals and forming habits takes time. Experts say it takes longer than 21 days to form a habit (a common myth). After your initial energy and enthusiasm fade, be ready to commit to a tough work phase before your habit becomes second nature.
- Forget about perfection. Can you perfectly execute every action step every week? It’s highly unlikely, so don’t make that your standard of success. You’ve heard the phrase, “progress not perfection”. Don’t be all-or-nothing when it comes to your goals. Success requires constant recommitment. Continue to do the work, and you will move towards your goal.
- Have fun. Don’t lose sight of WHY you’re trying to achieve your goals, and have fun along the way. The whole point of goal setting is to bring you to a better place!
What are some of your goals in 2015? Would you be willing to share in the comments below?
Don’t forget to download the Goal Sheet Printable.
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