You’re going to lose twenty pounds, organize the closet and finally finish that one project.
As soon as you find the time.
Why do some many of our well-intentioned goals never get completed? Because we focus too much on the end result without thinking about the steps it will take to get there.
Think about it: perhaps your goal is to lose twenty pounds. That sounds pretty daunting to do, and it is going to take months.
But what if you instead think about losing a pound a week? That doesn’t sound so hard. At that rate, you can lose twenty pounds in three months.
Next, determine how you will lose that pound. For example, by working out four times a week for an hour and by eating 1500 calories a day of healthy foods.
Now you know what you are going to do each week to lose that pound. So, the next thing to figure out is what you will do each day to reach your weekly goal. Which days will you workout, and what will the workout be? What foods will you eat that are healthy and how will you be sure to stay at 1500 calories? Determine your meal plan and how you will prepare and pack your meals each day.
At this point all you have to focus on is what your workout is that day and what your food choices will be. If you plan ahead focusing on no more than one day at a time, you can see how much more manageable your goal is.
This system can be applied to all kinds of goals, not just weight loss. Simply follow these seven steps and you’re well on your way to success!
1. Write it down. Putting a pen to paper makes a goal that much more real. Write it down or share it to social media to make the goal feel real.
2. Set a timeline. Ever heard the saying “A goal is a dream with a deadline?” It’s true! If you’re serious you need to set a date. Determine a realistic time frame for achieving your objective.
3. Break down the steps. After you’ve written down your goal and time frame, break your overall goal into bite sized pieces. Think of all the small things you will have to do in order to achieve this one big thing.
4. Make a list. Now you have a long list of little steps. Organize those steps into a to-do list. Some of the items may be things you will have to do daily, others may be weekly or monthly. Keep your list somewhere that you will be able to refer to it often and check off things as you accomplish them.
5. Find an accountability partner. One of the reasons people hire Personal Trainers is for accountability. You need someone to ride your butt and make sure you do your workout! This works for any goal. If you know someone is watching and paying attention you’re more likely to actually do the work. Find a friend or spouse who can check in and make sure you’re getting it done.
6. Track your progress. As you check things off your to-do list be sure you’re keeping track. When you first start out you’re going to have a very long list of baby steps. As you make progress day after day, you will want a visual reminder of how much you’ve already done to keep you focused.
7. Celebrate milestones. Celebration doesn’t have to be reserved for reaching your final goal. There will be many achievements along the way, and the joy is really found in the journey. Make note of milestones along the way and don’t hesitate to stop and pat yourself on the back!