Are you someone who sets goals? Me too! I’ve always been this way, but I know that not everyone operates the same. However, I’m sure that everyone has worked towards something in their life, whether being aware of the process or not.
In school, we were taught about SMART goals. Meaning we should make sure our goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Ex. “I want to be able to hold a plank for 2 minutes in a row by June 1st”. The idea of setting goals this way makes a lot of sense in order to get to where we want to be. BUT I think there are a few tweaks we can make to this traditional idea in order to be even more effective!
1) Forget about “Timely”.
Setting time restrictions is not always helpful. I believe, depending on the goal, if we put pressure on ourselves to meet a certain date, it can be hurtful to our motivation, or even make us give up too soon. For example, maybe building a successful company will take 10, 20 years, but say we don’t meet our revenue goals in year 2, and we decide it’s not working and we give up! We may miss the fact that our hard work IS working, but we just need to be consistent for a couple more years. Maybe year 6 is where is all clicks and you reach your success! Therefore, be careful on your time restrictions. I like to approach my goals like this. If I really want it, it will happen eventually, but it just might be longer or more difficult than I initially thought. Just keep swimming y’all!
2) Work Backwards
When it comes to goals, I’ve learned from the amazing Rachel Hollis in “Girl, Stop Apologizing”, that we HAVE to work backwards. First think about, what is it that you REALLY want? In her case, it was a book deal. That was her end goal. She then thought about, okay what needs to come right before a book deal? The answer was being signed by a publicist. Then, what becomes before that, and so on?
For me, I knew I wanted to be a Argos Cheerleader. I knew to get there I would need to FIRST meet my fitness goals, as well as take at least 1 dance class a week. Therefore, getting to this goal had several checkpoints along the way, that could be broken down to what I was doing each month, week and day.
3) It’s all about process goals
I LOVE this advice I learned from Eliza Kingsford, author of Brain-powered Weight Loss. Rather than thinking of an outcome goal like, “I want to loose 10 pounds”, it’s better to think of the process goals that would lead to this kind of result. For example, if you instead make the goal to add 2 cups of greens to your dinner 4 days a week, this works better. It was the same for my fitness goals. I’ve never had number, or “end result” goals at all. I had small daily goals, to follow the process (both work out and meal plan related) that I had set out for myself.
4) Mindset is everything
This is the most important part of anything! When it comes to goals, we need to be patient and kind with ourselves. We may need to adjust our expectations at one of the check points. We may realize it is going to take much longer than expected, but WE are the ones who need to tell ourselves to keep going. My Tip: know your “why” and remind yourself of it everyday.
Finally, when it comes to goals, if you want something bad enough, and put in the work, it WILL happen. Every week and every day counts. No one is going to get you out of bed, drag you to the gym, or get you to start working on that project you’ve been wanting to complete. YOU need to find the motivation within yourself, sit down and make a solid plan (from the end place to where you’re at now), and then be KIND to yourself as you work towards it daily! If it’s worth anything, we believe in you! <3
Until next time!