With the arrival of January 1, 2017, I typically turn my thoughts to goal setting. Something about the unwritten chapter of the New Year brings a much needed positive outlook on the next 365 days. Written goals are so important, but before you put the pen to paper here are a few tips in setting obtainable goals.
- Create lasting long term goals.
Stop and think what you REALLY want. Think about your life in 1, 5, 10, 15 years – where do you see yourself emotionally and physically? Long term goals need to touch on both your well-being inside and out. This is where broad is best – throw down some long term goals that cover many aspects of your life.
My long term goals: Be fit, financial freedom and setting a good example for my kids. As you can see lots of small things fit into this – like self-love, making smart choices with food, staying active, treating others the way I like to be treated, etc.
- Create short term goals.
This will allow you to focus daily/weekly/monthly on goals that are obtainable in a shorter time frame. Short term goals will keep you focused because you will constantly hit your goals or learn more about what it takes to obtain the goals.
My short term goals: Stay within my macros, meal plan, practice patience daily, get in my quiet time every morning, good form at the gym, increase range of motion, do not overspend, get in at least 4 workouts, listen to my body, be present and feed kids healthier choices.
- Just say no to self-sabotage.
Do not, I repeat do not, let your short term goals sabotage your long term goals. I get that the quick fix on weight loss looks appealing but it will mess up your body and really mess with your head if you are not careful.
Examples of self-sabotage: Losing weight too quickly by whatever means looks appealing at the time, i.e. not eating enough, unhealthy workout habits, newest pill/diet, etc. Another big one – trusting the scale as the only measurement of your progress – the scale lies – it does not indicate how well you are doing. There are so many more ways to sabotage yourself – be aware of your triggers and just say no!
- Learn from failures.
Not to be a downer, but you will fail. Things will not go as planned and from time to time you will not be successful. Does this mean you should call that goal quits? Nope, just means you need to learn to adapt and learn from those mistake. Your goals are important – act that way. Create a life around you that allows you to be successful.
Side note: If you aren’t failing at your goals at some point – changes are you need to rethink them. Really challenge yourself – get comfortable at being uncomfortable because that is where you will see so much growth.
- Tell people your goals. Believe in yourself.
You need to be your biggest fan and you need cheerleaders. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who know you are capable and love to cheer you on/set you straight. Accountability is key! Stay away from negative thoughts and people.
You can do this! 2017 will be an amazing year. Stay positive. Grow. Push yourself. Do not settle. Be content at each days end. Plan to be successful.
In 2015 my desire for change finally overcame my desire to stay the same. Month after month, I would say “I wish I was healthier” yet do nothing different. Finally, something clicked and I realized no one could get me there but myself. I set goals and attacked them. I started making choices and sacrifices based on this goals. Never once did I think when I started last year’s chapter that I would have the courage or bravery to step on stage and be judged at the end of the year. The amount of growth I went thought physically, mentally and spiritually was absolutely amazing.
So here’s to your goals and the New Year! Write them down and stay focused. I hope they make you uncomfortable and spur so much positive growth. I believe in you!