Confession time! I geek out on goal setting.
Hells yeah I do! I even take some flack from my loved ones for it.
I set goals every year, every month and sometimes even on a weekly basis…
Yeah, I know, it do be like that.
I wanted to share my goal making process with you so if you’re contemplating some changes and growth in the new year, you can get started NOW and be moving into 2021 like “heeeeeeeyyyyyyy”.
- Choose a goal and focus, make your goal measurable so you will know when you’ve achieved it. For example, don’t be vague and say “I want to lose weight in 2021“. Instead make it solid: “I want to lose 5 pounds in 30 days” or “I want to weigh 145 pounds by Feb 1st”. If you’re groaning already – dude, let me help you – message me and we can do this together (it’s always more fun with a friend).
- Write down all the steps you think you need to accomplish this goal. Nothing is too small or too big. Using weight loss as my example: Plan my food ahead of time, wait to feel hunger for 30 minutes before eating each meal, stop at satisfied every time I eat, check in with my hunger scale and emotions regularly, evaluate my process and plan each day before planning the next day. Take weight and measurements regularly. Celebrate my accomplishments. Set mini-goals along the way.
- Write down all the obstacles you can think of that would keep you from achieving your goal. As an example: 1. I eat when I’m bored, 2. I don’t always like planning ahead or I may not know what I want to eat for lunch tomorrow or what may be served at this meeting, 3. I don’t know what hubby will want to cook… etc. (you get the picture).
- Brainstorm and write down all of the strategies you will use and employ and try out to overcome each obstacle. This is called using your obstacles and strategies. So when they come up, you have a plan to move through them. Continuing my example: 1. I eat when I’m bored —> I will choose to feel bored and not eat and give myself a non-food reward every time this occurs or I will get up and go for a walk, or I will choose another activity to alleviate my boredom or I will ask myself why I’m bored and do some journaling to go deeper. 2. I don’t know what will served at my lunch mtg tomorrow —> I will bring my own food and eat before/after meeting or I will eat protein and veggies and fruit, etc…
- Take action immediately. Then, as you’re taking action toward your goal, or evaluate on a regular basis. For myself and my weight loss clients, this looks like making a food plan and then evaluating it at the end of the day. It also looks like asking “what’s going on” and checking in when we’re NOT doing our plans, following our steps or falling off the grid (this is where support and assistance is important). When you’re evaluating regularly, you can see easily what steps you can take tomorrow to move closer to your goal.
- Surround yourself with support and encouragement. If you have that in your family, friends, and social media communities – fantastic!! You’re already ahead of the curve. If not, consider joining us in The Thrive Arena where we’re working on and celebrating our growth daily.
And that my friends, is how you change your life and accomplish your goals. Rinse and repeat regularly for each thing that you want to change.
I highly recommend focusing on one thing at a time so that you can give it your all your full attention and all of your action. I also recommend seeking out support and/or a mentor who can support you, guide you and help you guarantee your own success. You are worth the investment in YOU.
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