How will your life look when you reach your goal?
When we become committed, we become unstoppable. Goals help us:
- Live Bigger
Most of us have at least one goal that is top of mind – usually health, well being or weight loss. Often, though, those goals are more like distant wishes – thoughts of ’maybe’ or ‘someday’ or “if only things were different, then …
What if you had a chance to reach those goals and they were more within your reach than you thought?
What is it that you ultimately want to achieve? Consider all the goals you may have related to your health, fitness and wellbeing.
What lifestyle, career, relationship or spiritual goals have you thought about?
How will those goals get you where you want to go?
How will your life look when you achieve your goals?
It’s only when you know what you want that you can set goals and map your plan to reach them. Writing your goals down on paper is a powerful way to set an intention and begin formulating your plan. Studies show that when goals are written down, you have a much higher chance of reaching them. But, there’s more to it than just writing them down!
The best place to start is to identify your end result (or destination). For example, you may say that your goal is to be healthy.
Until you define what “healthy” means for you, your goal is pretty vague.
But, if you know that being healthy means having a strong immune system, energy, and vitality, being fit, managing your weight, not being on prescriptions and looking and feeling great, you now know what healthy means to you – being healthy is the destination.
You also want to know your why – why do you want to be healthy or where say you want to be?
Finally, where are you starting from – what areas of your health are out of balance?
Once you’re clear on these three things, you can set your goals to get to your destination.
The more closely you can narrow down your goals and pinpoint what you really want, the easier it is to formulate a plan.
If you start out confused or unsure about your goals, it will be difficult to stay on track or even know if you’re on target. (If you were going on a long road trip without a GPS, map or destination in mind, who knows where you might end up!)
Having clear goals is knowing how you will get to your destination.
You’ll want to set both long-term goals and short-term goals or milestones. For example, you want to achieve a healthy weight and you know that your ideal weight is between 62-65 kilos (your “destination”). You are tired of being at risk for diabetes and you want to feel and look good for your daughter’s wedding in six months (your “why). The last time you weighed yourself you were 91 kilos (where you’re at). With this scenario you would have two goals: (1) to lose 26 kilos to hit your long-term goal of 65 kilos at a specific date (perhaps a year out) and (2) to lose 12 kilos (or be in a certain size) in time for the wedding. Setting a goal to lose 26 kilos in six months is likely not achievable in a healthy way, but you’ll look and feel lots better being halfway to your long term goal!
Be sure to write down your goals and put them somewhere you will see them often – I keep mine on my phone. There are all kinds of different apps you can choose from that will also send you reminders, which can be helpful.