Goal setting - Part 2
I want you to ask yourself these questions. Write the answers down:
What do you want to achieve?
What’s the reason?
How motivated are you on a scale of 1-10 (10 being 100% pumped!)?
What would make you more motivated?
How would you feel once you reach this goal?
What would it mean to you to achieve this goal?
By taking time to think about these questions, you have made an emotional connection to your goal. Your goal now means something. You know how achieving this goal will make you feel and can use the reasons behind wanting it as a driving force to keep you motivated and determined to work hard and achieve it!
Keep the answers to these questions. Use them for the days when it becomes a struggle and you start doubting yourself. When motivation levels start dipping,maybe towards then end of February when you the hype of the new year has been lost and those resolutions are becoming a struggle.
What are you doing and hows that going for you?
You know what you want and why you want it! Great, now on to the next step.
Where you are currently in relation to achieving your goal. Focus on the here and now! Things you have tried in the past haven't worked. If they had then you would have established new habits and found a way to maintain your results and not be back to square one having to start again.
Assess your current lifestyle and establish what you are doing that may be preventing you from achieving what you want. What could you be doing better?
Once you have accepted that there's things that need to change, realise the challenges and start to find ways to solve them. For example:
I struggle to find time to exercise and dont have an hour to spare!
Answer: Find a quick and effective way to exercise such as HIIT workouts that you can complete before or after work in just 15 minutes!
I end up buying snacks and naughty food when i do the food shop!
Answer: Plan your meals for the week in advance. Write a shopping list with all the ingredients you need and stick to it! If you dont buy it you cant eat it.
I dont like exercise!
Answer: What do you like? Start a sport, join a club or go to a class to make it a social thing that you are more likely to enjoy.
The answers and solutions are out there, you just need to be willing to accept the changes you need to make. Once they start paying off a new habit will be created and it wont be forced.
Lots of small steps make a big difference
Finally, lets look at the steps towards the big goal!
It may seem a long way away at the moment, too far maybe. But remember, everything worth having takes time, especially if its going to stay around long term. For this reason, its important we set ourselves small goals along the way to get that feeling of achievement on the journey towards the big goal. Little victories if you like that gives you something to feel proud about. This keeps us motivated, shows that what we are doing is effective and not a complete waste of time and keeps us on track by reminding us of what we are trying to achieve and the reason we are doing it.
So what would you prefer?
It to take 12 months to achieve your long-term goal but to have created the new lifestyle habits to be able to maintain the results potentially for the rest of your life?
You jump on a quick fix plan that although you may see results, it leaves you feeling miserable, fatigued and hungry and creates no new habits so you have to go through the same process over and over again?
Its your choice.
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