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We are a full 8 days now into 2017! Did you set some New Years’ resolutions? In what areas of your life? How’s it going so far?

For me, I know that when I set a goal in any area of my life, I must identify action steps I can make to take me to my goal. Not only that, but I must have something I can do RIGHT NOW to move me closer to it so I can start gaining momentum and get into a habit flow and feel like a winner towards it every day.

With these things in mind, I wanted to share 4 simple steps to goal achievement. I’m doing this all the time with my clients with their health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals:

    1. SET A GOAL. Sounds simple, right? To be more detailed here, let me break this step down into a series of questions:
      1. Do you have a defined/quantifiable goal? (For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” say, “I want to lose 10 pounds.”
      2. Do you have a date set for the achievement of this goal? (For example, “I want to lose 15 pounds by March 31.”
      3. Is this a realistic goal? Have you done research on what is realistic? Do you have a good, realistic (not overly optimistic nor negative either) grasp on what you’re capable of?
      4. Do you BELIEVE you can do it? Do you feel capable? Do you feel equipped?
    2. CRAFT A PLAN. Now that you have a definite, realistic goal and date set for accomplishing it, it’s time to reverse-engineer a game plan for achievement.
      1. Work backwards. In the above example, let’s say that 15 pounds is a good goal for March 31. So, by February 28, let’s aim for 10 pounds lost, and January 31, 5 pounds. Break it down so you have “wins” along the way.
      2. What do you need to do to accomplish this? Do you need to tweak your eating habits? Your activity/exercise level, frequency, and type? What are you going to do? What works best for you?
    3. MAKE A SCHEDULE. You’ve got the goal. You’ve got the plan. Now it’s time to ensure you make the time for it.
      1. Use a calendar – either digital or paper, find what works for you – and schedule your exercise/workouts, when you will prepare the foods you plan to eat, how much rest you will get, and any other things you feel you need to schedule.
    4. START RIGHT NOW! – The best time to begin working towards your new goals is precisely when you set them, so do something right now that will help you to succeed!
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