Everyone has a goal to do something. One of my top goals for this year is to stop the numbers from going up on the scale. And, it’s not completely for vanity reasons. I just don’t want to have to take any medication for anything as I get older. In my family, almost all of the women have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. So I’ve taken small action steps to accomplish this goal and so far I’ve lost seven pounds and kept off five.
But let’s talk about your goals. Have you set a goal only to push it off ‘til next time when the temptation to quit draws near or your goal starts to look like it won’t happen?
I think when people set goals they focus too hard on the big picture. By that I mean, they don’t break down their goal into small action steps. They try to do everything at the same time to go for that big goal, and if it doesn’t transpire fast enough they quit. (I’m raising my hand because I am definitely guilty of doing this at times.)
So when you are setting your goals:
- Dream BIG! Set a huge but obtainable goal, however you define it. You need to create something big to make sure you are stretching and challenging yourself. Goals that are easily accomplished are just not fun, in my opinion. But again it is how you define what a huge goal is for you.
- Think of the small action steps you can take to accomplish your big goal. As I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to accomplish your big goal in one shot. If you just look at the entire picture continuously you will undoubtedly become discouraged and abandon your goal. And we definitely don’t want that to happen. So instead, break up your goal into bite-sized actions, and as you accomplish the small actions, celebrate. Don’t wait until the main objective is accomplished. Of course celebrate when the main mission is completed, but be proud of the action steps you are taking along the way.
- Write down your plan. Now that you have a goal and thought it through, make sure to write it down somewhere. Oh, and keep a small notebook and pen on you at all times. You never know when a new brilliant idea might come to you that will push you further along your path.
- Tell someone so they can hold you accountable and share in your small and huge successes. When something good happens to you don’t you love telling someone and having them be just as excited for you? I know I do.
- Get started. I’m talking RIGHT NOW! You’re not getting any younger.
I keep using the phrase “small action steps” because I want to stress that you can do all the positive thinking in the world but if you are not taking action to accomplish your goal you will not get what you want. It takes action, even small ones.
I really hope you will take time over the week to really think about what you want to do with your life, where are you going, and plan how you are going to get there. When you come up with an idea of what you want and you are not sure if you really want it, trust yourself and take note of how you feel about the idea. Does it feel good? Do you get excited about the idea? Then do it! But if it doesn’t stir any emotion in you or you feel stressed or panicked about it, then don’t do it. Be brave and trust you are the only one who knows what you should do with your life.
What brilliant goals are you brazen enough to start working towards?