Setting Goals for Success
Year after year, week after week, we set goals that we just know we are going to reach. There’s no way you won’t hit it this time, right?
It happens to all of us. The best-laid plans of mice and men…
But it never ends. The vicious cycle that starts with us. We set ourselves up to fail, feel guilty about it, try it again, make the same exact mistakes…
Every time we don’t reach our goals, which by the way should always be set slightly out of reach to push us to bigger and better things, should be a lesson. Drink 15 sodas a week? Why would you set your goal to go cold turkey? You’re bound to fail. Instead, learn from previous failures and try to cut your intake by half and when you finally reach that mark try to cut that consumption in half. See, that’s what causes many of us to fail our goals… We don’t set measurable goals.
Many of us make frivolous, abstract goals like, “I’m going to be happy this year. So optimistic and joyful that everyone will see my lovely, mildly annoying light shine through!”
Great, but how will you know if that works? And who will keep you on track of your goals?
That’s why you need measurable goals and someone to hold you accountable.
They go hand-in-hand. Without measurable goals, no one can hold you accountable to whether you reach them or not.
Without someone holding you accountable, your measurable goals can easily be fudged at any moment when you fail. And fail you will.
Failure is good. No one should reach every single goal they set out for. I don’t reach or else I’d have a condo in the Keys and a helluva fishing boat.
In truth, if I reach 50-60% of my goals (usually have 4-5 going at once), I’m doing fantastic because they are big, far-stretching goals that take many subgoals to reach them. If you hit every single one of your goals, you might want to dream bigger!
So, what are your goals this year? Is it to “get in shape“? Well, let’s make that measurable. Here are a few options
- Bring your lunch every day to work for an entire week
- Log your water consumption for an entire week
- Exercise at least 3 times a week
- Pass on dessert for an entire week
- Try a new form of exercise (HIIT, weight lifting, yoga…etc.)
When combined, these subgoals will work to help you “get in shape” and provide the numbers to keep you on track.
When it comes to finding someone to hold you accountable, you can always get a workout partner, a coworker, family member or your significant other to guide you along the way.
Or you have us!
If you want to work towards your goals, give us a shout and we can hold you accountable with weekly checks and any guidance we can provide along the way (all free of course). Just email us at Support@DIYactive.com and let us know what you are working for.
No matter what you do, you can reach your goals if you create measurable subgoals and someone to hold you accountable!
Best of luck!