Getting to your goals
Goal-setting is about making your dreams real. Knowing what you want and planning to accumulate smaller habits and skills that will get you to where you want to be.
Know what you want
Start with “Who do I want to be?” Visualize the improvement you want to see in yourself – see yourself completing your transformation and think about what skills and habits you need to become that person.
Keep it simple
Start with one small goal. If you aren’t certain you can maintain the new habit for two weeks, pick something smaller – no activity is too small if it moves you toward your goal.
Pick for your Personality
Choose an activity that leaves you feeling happy and confident. If you feel clumsy and inept at an activity then you will not continue, no matter how sincere your intentions. If you hate to get up early, then choose an afternoon workout. If a person commenting on your food choices makes you uncomfortable, eat somewhere away from the person making the comments. If you have an activity in mind that you’ve never done before, seek the help of a coach or trainer, or bring a friend along for your first few tries.
Remove the hassle
Consider all the practical obstacles that stand between you and your new activity, and address them. Create the space in your schedule – perhaps you’ll add a reminder on your calendar, or bump up your alarm clock earlier for extra time. And do what you can ahead of time to eliminate the temptation to excuse your way out of it – pack your gym bag the night before, stop by the store on your way home for healthy lunch supplies – whatever it takes to make your new habit as hassle-free as possible.
Focus on the Process
There are so many things in our lives that are out of our control, but if you can focus on the smaller goal first, you can make achieving your big goals as likely as possible.
Don’t over-think it
Once you’ve made the decision to make a change, don’t dwell on it. Try not to check in with yourself to see if you want to do it – chances are it will feel uncomfortable at first. As the saying goes ‘Just Do It’ and check in with yourself after you’ve done it.
Plan for setbacks
We’re human. We overestimate, get distracted, and lose focus, but at least we know we will. So, have a plan to get back on track. If you miss a few workouts or run through the fast food lane, have a plan for getting back on track. If your only option is perfection, then your only outcome will be failure.
Determine what you can do today to get one step closer to your goal. Focus your energy on that one next step. Once the goal is set, go for it – for two weeks before you focus on the next step.