How To Set Goals, Then Demolish Them January 22, 2017 16:40
Goal setting is an art. Most people have goals and most people have no idea how to achieve them. Some believe that simply having a positive mind will make all of their dreams come true. While achieving great results requires a certain level of belief, positive thoughts without an action plan are just that - positive thoughts. Research has shown, over and over again, that human brain needs some sort of a written plan with clear expectations and deadlines to be able to stay focused.
Simply writing down what you wish would come true isn’t enough either. First, you need to define your goals. But when you do this, be SMART. Have you heard of SMART goal setting before? If you have, great! If not, you’re in for a treat. This is a proven method to help define goals that are reasonable.
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Writing “lose weight” on your list isn’t going to cut it. It’s a good start, but you need to be clearer. How are you going to do it? How much weight do you need to lose? When do you want to hit this number, what is the deadline? Who is going to be involved? What will it take for you to overcome the roadblocks that will inevitably try to sabotage your plans? Hiring a coach? Cooking more dinners at home? Be very specific.
So let’s say you decided you want to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks and for that you will hire a coach. You’ve determined you’re going to start cooking at home instead of going out to eat everyday. So how can you measure this? Perhaps it is an extra 5000 calories a week that you’ve been packing on from going out to eat every day. Make sure you find a way to measure your progress to be able to define what success should look like.
Twenty pounds in 10 weeks is a hefty goal. A goal like this will take sacrifice and smart decision making, but it is possible. When setting your goal, make sure it is attainable. If you set a goal too high, it can cause additional stress and lack of motivation. You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed—setting goals and accomplishing them needs to be a freeing, successful feeling. If losing 2 pounds per week is too much, try to lose 1 pound instead. Celebrate even the smallest milestones by doing something you love, like going to a movie or shopping for ladies fitness apparel here at Dissident!
Make sure your goals are helping you move forward and make sense. If you are currently experiencing stress in some other areas of your life, it may be worth paying attention to those matters first and then focus on weight loss.
Nothing gets people working like a good, old-fashioned deadline. Give yourself a time limit. In the example of weight loss, make sure your deadline is 10 weeks from the day you started. You will be more productive and know exactly where you need to be on what day.
Now that your goals are set and defined, it is time to put in the work!
Even when your goal is set, you may still find yourself feeling overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in order to achieve your dreams. Instead of panicking and procrastinating, break your goal into small and achievable steps. To begin...
Write it out
Get out a pen and paper, and start writing down small steps you need to take every day or every week to get where you want to be by your deadline. You may want to ensure you buy the food for cooking you dinners, hit the gym regularly, have clean and stylish workout clothes, and keep an open communication with your coach. Write these things down; this is a contract you create with yourself.
Your mind controls a lot of your success. If you believe you can achieve something, you can. Stick to your daily or weekly mini goals, record your progress and before you know it you will be at your deadline celebrating your success.
Look at the big picture
It’s going to be a struggle cutting out calories… it’s a lifestyle change. For a while, it’s what you have to do to accomplish this or any other fitness goals.
Time passes by every second. Is what you are doing today pushing your forward to achieve your dreams and demolish your goals?