When people think goals they often think New Year’s Resolution, which often times is followed by some kind of grumble or moan because only 8% of us every keep our resolutions (Forbes. 2013). The problem tends to lie in a few areas: no clear identification of WHY they’re making the goal; not creating a plan for day-to-day steps towards the goal; not being flexible when things don’t go according to plan. Casting a vision and then identifying progress goals along the way aids in keeping your goal in mind and being able to mold and shape it as you make progress, or even as you have setbacks!
Vision setting/12 Month Goal: Define your WHY. There are no limitations – dream big! This vision is based on the idea that anything is possible and you can do anything. Take a minute and think beyond the constraints of time, money, experience, or knowledge. In one year, what does your health look like? Your career? Your relationships? What are you doing and how are you feeling? Think about what you want vs. what you don’t want. Make different goals for each area of your life, not one all-encompassing, unattainable catch-all. I’ll use the example of losing 60 lbs:
Example: “In one year I want to lose 60 lbs. so that I can fit better into my clothes, have more confidence, and have more energy.”
6 Month Goal: Start with the 1 year vision in mind and move backwards to 6 months from now. Write down a specific deadline and then think about what you need to do in the next 6 months to help you eventually reach your 1 year goal.
Example: “6 months from now I want to be a little over halfway, with just 25 lbs to go towards my 60 lb goal.”
Monthly Goal: Identify things you can do throughout the month to help you reach your 6 month goal. Make concrete steps – schedule things NOW that will help you get to the end result.
Example: “In order to reach that 6 month goal I should be working out 3-4 times a week instead of the 1 time I am doing now. I’ll go ahead and schedule out the next 2-3 weeks with my personal trainer and put reminders in my phone.”
Other tips for goal-setting success:
- Share with friends, family, and your trainer! Ask them to support you.
- Be flexible. A successful plan means sometimes you’ll change the means to the goal, or the goal in general. Keep in mind your vision and be willing to change timelines if needed.
- When making decisions, ask yourself if your choice is leading you towards or further from your big vision and your progress goals.
- Track your progress… and your setbacks! Look for patterns and ways to improve. Remember to always check in with your vision and reevaluate your plan constantly being flexible.
-Courtesy of Your Ufit Team
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