Okay, first of all how freaking amazing is the lady in my blog photo?!!! I mean come on.
#Goals right there!
Who know’s if it’s actually real, but I’m gonna believe it is because it’s freaking AMAZING, and makes me happy.
Therefore, in my mind it’s real. 🙂
Alright, back on track we go.
So how the heck do you prevent your goals from just turning into another pile of wishful thoughts?
Well, by simply re-framing the way you define your goals. BAM!
I know it sounds pretty simple, but trust me it can literally be the difference between crushing your goals or ditching them all together.
So let’s look at a poorly defined goal: “I want to lose 10 lbs.” (If that was your goal, I’m glad you are reading this lol).
A more effective way to define the same goal would be “I want to be more active, or make better eating choices.” (Which will most likely result in the same outcome when following the steps below right? Right!).
The difference is simply defining your goal in general terms with a focus on habit change, rather than using quantifiable specifics (numbers or dates) focused on a very strict outcome.
There is definitely a place for being quantifiable, don’t freak out on me, but that comes later.
Defining non quantifiable goals carves a much more realistic and motivating path to increase your adherence to reaching your desired goals if things get bumpy or challenging, which let’s be honest, is going to happen.
So if you say “I want to lose 10 lbs” or even worse “I want to lose 10 lbs in one month,” and you’re crushing your work outs and making better diet choices, but you only lose 5 lbs, then you’re still likely to feel as if you failed, and throw in the towel right there.
Even though, you’re doing way more then you did before, you’re making healthy changes, your body is adapting, and you just might need a little more time to reach your goal.
But, you end up giving up before you see how close you really were to losing those 10 lbs.
Where as if you rephrased your goal to be “I want to be more disciplined about getting into shape” and you define daily goals of working out 2-3 times a week and/or having a green drink daily (whatever it may be), and you crush it for a month, you’re going to feel way more motivated to keep it up.
Not to mention, in most cases you will end up seeing the results you desire eventually because you were focused on developing better habits that are sustainable.
Therefore, the focus should be centered on creating or changing a habit vs. reaching a quantifiable outcome (number/time frame), AND setting realistic steps to get there.
So for me, one of my goals is to designate more time to stretch and practice yoga.
Therefore, I can work towards this goal one week at a time, by setting specific and realistic daily goals, like scheduling 10 minutes in the morning for a light yoga flow before I start any work.
The general goal is broad, but my path to get there will be specific and narrowly focused with my day to day goals, without looking farther beyond that week.
So here are some simple steps to break this down so you can set effective goals in all areas of your life, and ditch the cycle of good intentions followed by zero action.
5 Steps to Crush Your Goals!
Try to limit your goals to 5 of the MOST desired or impactful changes you wish to make.
- List those 5 in order from the greatest desired to least.
Work on one goal at time
- Give yourself a month to work on your #1 goal before trying to take on #2 and on.
- Make sure to work backwards from your main goal to develop all the small steps needed to get you there.
- Just focus on executing one small step at a time.
Keep goals habit based
- Then set your specific goals for the day to day adjustments that are applicable to reach your end goal.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself and just focus on setting goals for one week at a time.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your adherence to your weekly goals at the end of each week.
- Check your ego and be open to making adjustments if necessary, knowing that it doesn’t mean you have failed.
- Make smaller, more easy to accomplish goals for the next week, until you are successful at achieving the majority of your goals.
Make sure to remind yourself that every step towards your goal, no matter how small, is a success
- Changing habits isn’t easy, so have compassion with yourself and celebrate even the smallest wins.
- Don’t be afraid to take a few steps back if needed, just keep doing something along your path towards your goal.
1. Spend 10 minutes a day (or more), as many days during the week as possible, visualizing yourself having completed your goal.
- Get as detailed as possible with all the benefits that would come along with it.
- How will you feel, look, act, think? How will it effect others around you?
2. Treat reaching your goals like you would a job!
- Schedule in the time to execute them.
- Set reminders on your phone or write them down somewhere easily visible.
- Prepare everything you need to carry out your goals ahead of time.
3. Be honest about what you can realistically take on.
- Set goals that may be difficult to achieve, but not impossible.
- Be open to adjusting your goals to be more realistic to fit your current circumstances, without using it as a reason to give up.
- Constantly check in to reaffirm that you still desire the same goal.
At the end of the day, it really comes down to setting goals that you can realistically adhere to long term, and having the discipline, dedication and patience, to break down and achieve the small steps necessary to get there.
The last thing you want to do is give yourself any reason to lose motivation or get discouraged.
Don’t let your ego or comparison to others get in your way.
Make sure to take it one small step at a time, and celebrate every achievement!
Success is really a result of good habits, not quick fixes.
Make this your year to take action and become the healthiest version of yourself!
It doesn’t have to require insane changes to get there, it can start with just one simple action that you weren’t doing before.
Push yourself to be better every day. Set your goals and then crush them (now you have no excuse not to).
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Boom. Done. 🙂