A big part of getting started with changing your life is setting goals. Everyone has goals-these are the things-big and small-that set us in motion. Whether we are looking to save money, buy a house, or get fit, we all have specific goals in mind for our lives.
But how many of us actually write them down?
In the past, I had written out my goals in a general sense. They were:
-pay off our debt
-save money for a family vacation
My problem was even though I had written it down, I didn’t keep it in sight. For whatever reason, I didn’t print out my goals and put them everywhere that I could see them! I had them written down in a little notebook, whereabouts unknown. I only looked at them occasionally. And eventually, I would lose site of those goals and my efforts would grind to a halt.
But how do you set goals and maintain your focus?
Whenever you ask yourself what you want to achieve from your fitness program, instead of giving a vague answer like “I want to lose weight”, we need to strip it down to the details. Some of the questions that can help us do that are:
How many pounds do you want to lose?
What size clothes do you want to wear?
What clothing store do you want to shop in?
We all have a big goal, the holy grail, if you will, of what our ideal weight should be, where we want to shop, and how we want to look. Last week, I shared some tools that I used to find my ideal weight, so I know I need to be looking at losing 75 lbs. Now, I’m going to break that down into “mini goals” that will help my achieve this.
I want to lose 75 lbs
I want to be wear single digit sizes
I want to be healthy and a good role model for my kids
I will buy a new wardrobe from my dream stores: Banana Republic, New York & Co., The Loft
I will give away all my “big clothes” to a local charity
I will lose 8 lbs this month
I will learn 5 new healthy recipes my family will eat AND love
I will be able to run 1 mile without stopping
I will download 2 new songs from iTunes for every 4 lbs I lose
I will treat myself to a spa pedicure
I will buy new food storage containers to help me store healthy grains and snacks in the pantry
I will work out 5 times this week
I will not drink any sodas this week
I will lose 2 lbs this week
I will eat clean this week
I will take the money I saved on groceries not buying processed foods and buy a new book
I will treat myself to a movie with my family on Sunday
I will spend 2 hours crafting to my heart’s content
I will drink Shakeology every day
I will make time for my workouts
I will drink 2 bottles of water every day
I will log all my food in my food diary
I will veg out and watch my favorite TV show in the evening.
I will make time for myself and read for an hour uninterrupted.
I will bask in the smug glow of my own self-satisfaction
WRITE DOWN your goals! Print them out, post them everywhere! Set reminders on your phone, so you see those goals every hour.
No goal is too big-but be realistic! You can’t healthily lose 30 lbs in 30 days. Set your sights high!