What is a goal?
It is an idea for the future, a desired result that you would like to achieve. Goals are great, they push you to become more and achieve something more than you are right now.
However if you do not write them down and give your self a plan and a time frame, they remain a dream.
“A goal without a plan, is just a dream”
The challenge with a goal is it can seem so far away- weeks, months or even years and it can become easy to put off progression or to stop all together. The key is to write short term goals, attainable ones that gradually build you up toward your long term goal. You are far more likely to reach your goal if you set small achievable goals along the way.
For example if you want to run 5km in less then 25 minutes, you will need to set clear steps to get there, developing incremental goals will show you what you need to do each week and month. Start with something that is achievable right now, for example start with 1km in 6 minutes and then build on it from there.
“The starting point of your goal is just as important as the destination”
Say your goal is to lose weight, you want to lose 20lbs in 4 months. You would start by weighing yourself and then you would set yourself deadlines and a plan of how you will get there. The short term goals maybe to successfully achieve things like food prepping, reducing the amount of sweets you eat each day, dropping sugar from your tea. Being more active each day, taking the stairs to the office, parking further away from work so you have to walk more. Try going step by step, don’t do everything at once. Start with food prepping in week one and then week two start parking further from work to increase your steps for example. Having a goal and then writing a plan of action of how to get there will make it all more possible. You can reach your goals if you go step by step and take your time. All the way stay accountable and true to yourself. If you are writing a plan of action to lose 20lbs you will need to measure your achievements. That can be weekly, fortnightly etc, whichever works best for you. If you gain instead of lose, be honest with yourself as its the only way to make adjustments and get back on track. We all slip up from time to time, don’t give yourself a hard time, use this time as an opportunity to refocus and get back in to the swing of things, remember food diaries are always useful too.
“At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves-our success is a result of what we do”
Some of the goals I hear from people are to lose weight, eat healthier, improve body shape, get stronger, learn to lift. These are just a few of the most popular ones. Sometimes motivation can drop but do not give up. A good way to stay on top is by using the S.M.A.R.T goal system.
- S-specific. Make your goal specific to you, its a personal thing, then write it down
- M-measurable. Define your interim goals for reaching your long term goal. For example if you want to feel fitter and healthier and your plan is to workout 3 times a week, write down on your calendar, what you did and when.
- A-attainable. Be honest with yourself, are your goals realistic, can you reach them, if you cant you will not stay motivated or on track.
- R-relevant. Ask yourself at the very beginning, is this goal relevant to you. If you feel that your goal does not get you closer to your destination, chose a new one right from the start.
- T-time. Set dates for when you want to reach your goals. Work toward this deadline and when you reach it, reward yourself in some way.
Goals are great for self development, they give us direction, focus and self satisfaction, They help to give purpose and direction. The key is to write them down and make a plan with a time frame, regularly re-evaluate and self asses where you are with them to stay on track.
I would love to hear what your goals are, ones you are working toward right now and ones you have achieved by simply putting a plan of action together 👌🏽❤️