Say Hello To a New Year and New You!
Goal Setting For 2018
Wow, the Holidays are over and the New Year is right around the corner. I hope you are finishing up the year with a bang and getting ready to ring in 2018 with some awesome goals and big plans!
No matter how content I feel with who I am, there is always room for growth, change and improvement. The New Year brings an increase in motivation, ambition and drive to tackle new goals or long overdue goals.
Personally, I am not a big fan of the term New Year’s “resolutions”. Instead, I prefer to “set goals” for myself and our family. This requires a little extra time and thought on how to create small, easily attainable steps toward reaching goals.
It is easy to say, “My Goal for this year is to stop eating sugar”.That is GREAT goal! However, how do you plan on following through with this goal? What are you going to do when you hit roadblocks and hurdles?
Not having a game plan when things get tough can lead to feeling disappointed and frustrated when you fail at reaching your goals.
So please, dont set yourself up for failure! Take a few extra minutes to do some action planning on how you plan to reach your New Year’s GOALS!
6 Simple Steps to Becoming a Goal Getter
1. Challenge Yourself
Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”? This quote is one of my favorites because it is so true!
We all want to take the easy road to success, right? If we want more money, winning the Lotto seems a lot easier than working a second job or starting a new business.
If we want to lose weight, taking a supplement that claims to melt body fat while chowing down on pizza and ice cream seems a lot easier than actually putting in the effort to stop eating junk food and working out.
Making more money or losing weight can be the most challenging goals you will ever set. Reaching the goal seems so far away and SO HARD!
However, despite being one of the most challenging things you may ever do, these two things can elicit the greatest amount of change in your life.
Weight loss and getting in shape is also one of the best things that will change you, both mentally and physically.
So remember, the most challenging goals may seem out of reach but they will also be the ones that elicit the greatest change!
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2. Think Big but Start Small
Choosing large goals can seem overwhelming. They often take more time, are complicated, more challenging and require patience (which is something I admittedly do not have much of.) This can lead to discouragement and frustration when the process seems much more difficult or is taking longer than expected. This is why most people give up too early on their goals.
Breaking up larger goals into smaller, more EASILY attainable goals can make the process seem much more manageable.
For example. I started my blog not only as a way to help motivate, educate and inspire other mamas but also as a way to bring in other sources of revenue for our family. I am a firm believe in the importance of having multiple streams of income.
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Little did I know that I was going to be bombarded with information and how overwhelming it was going to be. I had no idea what I was doing at first. I had a huge goal but no action plan or steps on how I was going to reach this goal. After several periods of wanting to give up, I finally created a more detailed action plan.
Whenever those thoughts of wanting to throw in the towel surfaced, I was able to redirect myself back to my action plan and focus on working toward completing small, more easily attainable tasks that would eventually help me to reach my bigger goals.
Focus on the small, daily tasks. Those are what will help keep you motivated in reaching your goals.
3. Create a Vision for Yourself
Visualization is an extremely powerful tool. Imagine yourself firing into the clothes you’ve always wanted to wear, or driving in your dream car. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it!
Now, take that vision and create actionable steps on how you plan to turn that vision into reality.
4. Create an Action Plan and Cross off Your Accomplishments
Did you know that crossing off items on your to-do list actually has psychological benefits? Makes sense to me since I always feel so productive and motivated when I am able to cross off a nagging task on my lists.
Small amounts of the feel good hormone, dopamine is released when we experience different degrees of success or accomplishment such as crossing off an item on a to-do list. Dopamine is associated with feelings of pleasure, learning and motivation.
This release of dopamine fuels our motivation to continue checking off tasks. Creating small, actionable steps will help you stay motivated in reaching your long term goal.
In order to achieve those feel good hormones, you must first take a little time and create your action plan and check list. I use this form because its pretty and I can put it on my refriderator or cork board in my office!
Your action plan should include:
- Detailed steps that are required to reach your goal
- How you plan to track your progress
- Hurdles or roadblocks you may run into and how you will overcome them
- What will the outcome be of reaching each step
- Deadlines to accomplish each task
And remember, your action plan is not set in stone. You may have to tweak and revise your tasks but I strongly recommend avoiding alteration of your deadlines. This can decrease motivation.
5. Remember Your “Why”
This is CRUCIAL to being successful in reaching your goals. When you want to throw in the towel, like I did with blogging and starting my own business, I had to continue reminding myself WHY reaching my goals was so important.
If you do not have a strong enough reason to accomplish your goals, you most likely will not maintain the motivation and drive needed to continue pushing through the more challenging times.
So for example, if you recently had a baby and want to lose the baby weight and fit back in your jeans, then your “why” should be something like, “I want to have more energy for my family, I want to set a good example of health and fitness for my kids, or I want to feel more confident and happier in my body.”
Reminding yourself of WHY you want to achieve your goals helps to keep you pushing through the tough times, such as sleep deprivation and exhaustion, to reach them.
6. Ask For Help
Oh boy, this one is tough. I know sometimes we don’t always have the option of receiving help. There are so many mamas that do not have help readily available and do everything on their own. If you are a mama or know of a mama who doesn’t have very much help, lets lend a hand and try to help each other.
Running a home, a marriage, a family, and a business or career is BUSY! It can be very challenging to find a little time for our own personal goals.
If you can, I strongly encourage you to ask for a little help once in a while. This will give you have an opportunity to cross of those tasks on your action plan.
Remember, it is hard to take care of others if we don’t take a little time for ourselves!
A Final Note On Weight Loss Goals:
Choose Performance Goals Over Weightloss Goals
My #1 tip for clients when trying to lose weight is to pick a health and fitness goal OUTSIDE OF WEIGHTLOSS.
It can be very discouraging and demotivating to see a stagnant number on the scale.
However, creating a goal such as being able to do pull-ups or run a 5k is much more attainable. You will be more likely to stick with your health and fitness routines if you see your body doing things you never thought possible!
Trust me, accomplishing a fitness goal is much more exciting than seeing a number on the scale!
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