Why goals fail and how to set yourself up for success
“Fail to plan = Plan to fail.”
I’m sure most of you have heard this saying before, but do you apply it? As a Lifestyle Coach, setting goals is the foundation for achieving success. And not failing at your goals means, short term goals give you focus and long term goals give you vision. What is your vision for the next year? Is it to get promoted in your career? Is it to lower your blood pressure and possibly reduce your medication? Is it to run a marathon? These are all great visions to have- but without the small daily action steps to help you get there, they are just visions. How can you make those visions reality?
To get started, find something that represents what you would like to achieve. Maybe it is a medal representing the marathon you would like to complete. Maybe it is a photo of yourself when you were at your healthiest, or even of a reward you would like to give yourself when you get that promotion! Put this token of your vision somewhere visible where you will see it daily.
BELIEVE in Success
Next “believe” you have achieved success already. We become what we believe, so if you believe you are successful you are already cultivating the motivation to be successful! Try a daily mantra. Start each day looking at yourself in the mirror and complete this phrase “I AM_____” or “I WILL___”.
PLAN for Success:
Now we build the foundation. A house is only as strong as its foundation and a vision is only realized by the daily action steps taken to get there. Set one small daily goal each week and one weekly goal to achieve as an accumulation of the daily goals. If you would like to run a marathon, your weekly goal may be to run/walk “X” miles, with a daily goal of getting to bed 30 min earlier each night to feel more rested to complete your workouts. Setting smaller goals will keep you focused and feel more accomplished.
CHECK IN, REEVALUATE, CELEBRATE Success:
It is important to check in once a month and evaluate your plan. Have your daily goals become habits? Have you reached your weekly goals? If you are struggling, then reevaluate your daily goal first. If you are struggling with the daily goal you may need to stick with it longer. Practice the daily goal for two weeks instead of one week. If this doesn’t work, take a look at the circumstances which are hindering your progress and make some changes. Are you struggling because the daily goal is too much of a challenge at this time? Or is it due to circumstances beyond your control? Make your daily goal attainable but enough of a challenge that it helps you to move forward. On the flip side, if you are reaching your daily goals without any challenge, step up your game! Maybe you can set two daily goals to help you reach your weekly goal? And if you are accomplishing your daily/weekly goal- celebrate! Pat yourself on the back and allow yourself to feel good about your accomplishments!
There is rarely anything that is not within our reach if we want it badly enough. We just need to make our visions a priority and realize there is work involved in any success. Believe in yourself, be flexible, and recognize there will be bumps in the road, but eventually you will succeed!
By Fitmo Lifestyle Coach Carol Keller
Do you look in the mirror and say “Who Am I?” Do you want to feel younger, confident, & have more energy? As a woman over 40, Carol understands the struggles that woman her age go through. Carol has been a diet and exercise coach for over 10 years and she wants you help you get YOUR sexy back & put that confidence back in your strut!