When striving to be the best we can be, somewhere in the mix you have a set of goals. Stop trying to feel your way through life and hope for a lucky break and start taking charge of your life. Below are some quick and easy ways to ensure you find your path and have an easy way to follow it.
1) Long term goals: Think about the future and what you want to accomplish. As an example maybe you want to get in better shape so you decide you want to lose 50 pounds this year (in 12 months). Write it down on paper. Hold yourself responsible and accountable for reaching that goal. Putting it down on paper is like creating a covenant. Now stick with it. Put that piece of paper somewhere that you will see it daily so it is a constant reminder of the pact you made with yourself to reach that particular goal.
2) Short term goals: While putting down long term goals is great, trying to achieve and surpass that goal without steps to get you there will only set you up for failure—which we want to avoid. Using the weight loss example above, let’s build off of that and keep building off that theme. You can easily create monthly goals or even weekly goals. For instance, you can healthily lose 1-2 pounds a week. If you are making weekly short term goals, simply slot this in for each week. On the same paper you put your long term goal on, write down a weekly weight loss goal of 1-2 pounds. Likewise, if you would rather make monthly goals, write down a monthly weight loss goal of 4-8 pounds.
3) Measureable: How do you think you can ensure you are following your “path” if you have no way of measuring? Following the example above, that could be as simple as having a scale available in which you can take your weekly or monthly weigh-ins to ensure you’re on track with your short term and ultimate long term goal. Keep yourself accountable by utilizing these measureable goals to see how you are progressing.
4) Attainable: When creating goals, make sure they are realistic and attainable. For instance, don’t make a goal where you want to lose 50 pounds in 2 months. In doing so you are only setting yourself up for failure where you will get frustrated and will totally derail from your ultimate end goal.
5) Follow through: To hit your short term goals and ultimately your long term, you need to create an action plan. Again following along with the example given, put in place a workout and nutrition plan. Create a plan that fits in your schedule and allows you to work out a certain amount of days a week for a certain amount of time. In terms of your nutrition, you can go online and find several sources for figuring out how many calories you should be taking in each day (or simply hire a trainer/nutritionist to help). Then strive to hit your given calories and macros (protein/fats/carbohydrates) each day.
Author: Matt Weik
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