Monday, November 8, 2010
It's Good To Have Goals
Do you sometimes feel you don't accomplish what you set out to do?
You start with great intentions and somehow they fall by the wayside after a day or two?
Can you imagine yourself having achieved your goal and feel the great feelings that accompany that achievement?
If getting off track with your goal has been a problem for you in the past, I recommend following a step by step approach with a plan you can measure.
Mini-goals leading you to your main goal will keep you enthusiastic about the process, rather than feeling overwhelmed by slow progress or trying to do too much as once.
Your goal needs to be about action: wanting to lose 10kg is not an action, but the meal planning and exercise schedule you will follow to get there, certainly is.
An effective goal will be both attainable and challenging: you CAN do it but you're not doing it right now, so small changes will reap big rewards as they become habits in your everyday life.
Your goal needs to be framed in a positive way: our brains respond far better to doing things rather than avoiding or restricting things, so work with your brain and feel good about what you're doing.
Having a time-limited and measurable goal is the only way to stay on track: having a time-limit helps you bring a sense of urgency to your goal, rather than an "oh that, yes, I'll get around to it soon" kind of attitude and measuring your progress regularly shows you just how well your efforts are paying off.
Finally, and this is the most important step WRITE IT DOWN!
The difference between a goal and an idea is an ACTION PLAN.
Rather than just talking about it or thinking about it, writing down your goal forces you to be very specific about the action you are taking and gives you a plan to follow along the way.
Refer to your goal regularly and revise if necessary so you are in charge of each step of your progress and proud of your results.
Stay positive and remind yourself of why you set this goal in the first place. Life's too short to spend it wishing your life was different - get out there and make it real!