Get started with success in mind
Setting goals. When we set goals we have the option to make them realistic or to create something that is bound for failure or, at least, non-commitment.
Question? Many of you have posted fitness and nutrition goals. This is especially common around New Years’s when all good intentions are to make change. However, unless our goals are specific, especially with metrics, it is tough to stay on target. The “forever elusive” LOSE WEIGHT is a great example. How about EAT BETTER? We all know that these types of ethereal goals are actually excuses for not committing. Right?
Excuses for not committing
Both of these nebulous goals give us plenty of room to work around them. A better goal might be TO DO at least one hour of strength training every week or TO AVOID food that comes in boxes. Or, in my case, to drink hot lemon water 6 out of 7 days a week. Does this help you understand how to make goals that you can fulfill? Do you see how this can give you real results, measured ones?
Be Specific. Be Accountable. Be Successful
If you think that you could be more specific on your goals, please give it a try. There is no right or wrong but there is reality and ways to make ourselves accountable. So, in the middle of this year, with no pressure except that you know you want change, let’s rewrite one or two of our goals with metrics – a limited amount of time, or volume, or ingredients, etc.
Setting goals in 3 segments
Write down your goal using the 3 helpful segments included below:
- What is my goal? Example drink a glass of hot lemon water 6 out of 7 days a week
- How long will I give myself to accomplish it? Example start no later than August 8, 2016
- What will I do to make this happen? Put a check-list calendar on my refrigerator with the visual check that I did it.
Make it happen
When you set a few goals and make them attainable, especially in a relatively short period of time, you are putting yourself in a positive position to succeed. I KNOW I can attain the goals of drinking lemon water 6 out of 7 days but I have to set up some parameters to follow through. Marking a calendar on my refrigerator (with red ink) will keep me honest and reminded. I intend to do this but it is, alas! not the only things I deal with on a daily basis. I know you understand…
Start today. Make your list. Take action. Keep me posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.