Happy New Year! With a new year come new goals, mostly about health. People make resolutions to quit smoking, start moving, lose weight, etc. As great as intentions are, most of the goals we set in the beginning of a new year fall by the wayside by the middle or end of January. You’ll start to see an influx of people at your gym and if the crowd bothers you (it’s a drastic difference from the silence of December), fear not – most of them will be gone by mid-February.
But why is that? It happens because of a defeated mind. The sad thing about goal setting is that most people don’t know how to do it properly. We get overambitious, we start working toward the goals, we see that it’s going to take a lot of work to get to them over a prolonged period of time and we give up because we don’t start seeing results as immediately as we had hoped.
My advice to you as you embark on a new year – follow these simple criteria when formulating your new goals:
- Is my goal easy to achieve?
- Is my goal reasonable?
- Is my goal specific?
Why would I want to set an easy goal? Duh! If it’s easy, you’ll more than likely achieve it with little effort! How do you feel when you achieve something you’ve been working toward? Great, right? Well, wouldn’t it be nice to feel great rather soon after starting your journey? Helllllllllllooooooooo?? Here we go! So make it easy to achieve and when you do achieve it, set another goal that follows the same aforementioned criteria.
Is my goal reasonable? If it’s not reasonable you’re not going to do it. It will exhaust you, you will hate the process and your motivation will tank. You must make reasonable goals that do not necessarily resemble admirable perfection. The whole point of a goal is to get you to the next step. No one sets a goal, whether in personal life or business, achieves it and then stops. Stopping would be the equivalent of death. There’s no stopping!
Is my goal specific? If you make a vague goal, sure you can get in the ballpark of achievement. If you make a specific goal, you know exactly what you’re aiming for, why you’re aiming for it and you can appreciate your success when you achieve it.
As we go forward into 2013, let’s be there for each other. Let’s support the goals we all have and let’s keep tabs on each other as we achieve them. If you’re on Facebook you can “Like” Team Johnny PBC, another outlet of mine where I post helpful tips, tricks and tidbits to help you through life. If you want to be motivated, inspired and fueled, stick with me and we’ll go farther, together.
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