Goal Setting

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” Earl Nightingale
Have you ever taken a road trip without a map or a plan of directions on how you would reach your desitation? Maybe if you wanted to get lost? So why is it that so many people treat life as if it were meant to be lived blindly. How can you reach your goals if you never took the time to set any? If you are just sitting back and wishing and praying the things you want out of life will magically fall into your lap, I gotta ask you, How’s that working for ya?”
Life doesn’t work that way, ladies. Life is all about what you put into it. You have to set goals in order to look back and say, Wow, my life was a wonderful ride. In order to set goals you have to know what it is you want to achieve. What are you looking to do. Be Specific about it. Write your intentions in detail. What is it that you want? You need to answer the 5 W’s, Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Do you want to lose 10 lbs in the next 2 months? Or place in a 5k race this Fall? Have more energy? Whatever it is then write it down.
Don’t just write it on the back of a piece of scrap paper either, put it somewhere that you can look at it numerous times throughout the day. I like to keep copies of mine, on my computer, my phone, and a copy in my wallet. This way I can look at it no matter where I am throughtout my busy day. You need to always be reminded of your goals. Just like our road trip, your goal repersents your desination.
Always state your goals in a postive present tense. Such as, “I am so happy now that I workout 5 days a week and choose healthy, frequent meals..” Remember the subconscious mind doesn’t know past, present, or future, so use the present tense and your mind will help you make it a reality. MEASUREABLE GOALS. Don’t just write it down and walk away thinking it will happen on it’s own. You have to truly believe it will happen. Feel the emotions! When you lose those 20 lbs, how will you feel? What kind of compliments will you receive? How will people react to you? FEEL THEM NOW!!! Use set dates, times, amounts. By what date would you like to reach this particular goal? Is it 4 weeks from now, 2 months, a year? Write it down.
So now your goal changes to, “I am so happy that on July 10 I am 20 pounds lighter and now I have so much energy.” Be prescise about your date. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them. Set Attainable Goals None of this unrealistic junk, I want to lose 20 pounds by next Friday for the office party. They need to be real attainable goals.
This is not wishful thinking, this is setting a real, measureable, attainable promise to yourself. You are giving yourself your word that you will make this goal happen by a certain date. This is where you figure out your plan of action. You should always keep promises that you make to yourself, it is counter productive if you are constantly putting yourself last or breaking self promises. Realistic Goals back to what I said earlier, set goals that are realtic for you.
Goals that you are willing and able to work towards. If it is fat loss that you are after, keep in mind, it takes 3500 calories to lose one pound of fat. So realistically speaking do not set a goal of losing 50 pounds in a 30 day time frame. This is not going to happen. The safest way to lose fat is at 1-2 pounds a week. So take it slowly to ensure you are losing fat and you will keep it off for good. Tangbile You must truly believe you can accomlish these goals. They must be solid!
Do not allow yourself or anyone else get in your way of reaching your S.M.A.R.T goals. Write them down in a place you will revisit on a daily basis. The best way to really set goals is to give yourself the first 5 waking minutes to review them, re read them again at lunch, and again make them the last thing you read before you go to bed. Allow your dreams to focus on the feelings of achieving them.
Believe in your heart and soul that you will reach them, feel every emotion, go through the steps vividly in your mind. See yourself putting in the time and effort needed in able to reach them.

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