It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by a large goal. Setting small, short term goals, or behavior goals is crucial to being successful in achieving the bigger goal!
WHY SETTING SHORT TERM GOALS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Tell me, have you ever set a goal, been on fire and worked towards it for a few days, and then completely forgot about that goal or decided it wasn’t as important as you initially thought? <raises hand…both hands>
Being a personal trainer and nutrition coach, one of the very first things I do with my clients is outline their goals. To me, goals are the foundation of why they contacted me in the first place. It’s what is driving them to pursue a coaching relationship and it’s what will drive our time together.
One thing I try to do, specifically with nutrition coaching clients, is create programs that fit with people’s lives. When I did my big 6 month elimination diet, the first few months, I had to completely change my life. It was tough, but manageable. Now, that I’m on the side of helping people, I don’t want a total life overhaul to be a hindrance to joining an online bootcamp or nutrition coaching program.
But, here’s the thing, I can work hard to create programs, but if the individual is not willing to accept the fact that they might need to change certain aspects of their life, even just a little bit, if they want to realistically meet their goal. In addition to owning the goal.
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First example: I’m working with a client that has an aesthetic goal, wanting to look incredibly lean and muscular, with a low body fat percentage. Getting to that type of look and body fat AND maintaining it is difficult, but doable, with hard work and a strong desire to reach that goal. Setting smaller, short term goals, or behavior goals, to help reach that goal, is key.
It means waking up early to get in a workout, if getting to the gym after work is too difficult. I’m up at 6am everyday, so I’d be happy to send you a wake up call. It means figuring out how to make healthy meals that properly fuel your body, including eating a pre/post workout meal. I do fitness and nutrition for a living, take my suggestions and ask if you are still unsure, because I’m here to help! I’ll probably even give you a copy of The Ultimate Food Prep Guide. It means parking farther away when you go into a store, so you are getting in more steps, and taking some extra walk breaks at work.
I get so worked up and passionate because I want people to reach their goals. I’m rooting for them. If you truly want to meet your goal, you must make it a priority. You must be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and make it happen. You have to complete those small, short terms goals everyday. You gotta WANT it.
Next example: This past week, my step goal was at least 10,000/day. Back when I was at my startup job, I had access to a walking desk. Some days, I’d bang out 10,000 just while working, not counting any other steps I took during the day. Now that I’m a work-at-home #girlboss, 10,000/day is difficult. It’s also winter in Indiana, which I hate, which means walking outside is likely not going to happen. What did I do – I walked on the dreadmill on the extra cold days. I popped in my headphones and listened to a podcast each day. And you know what, I surpassed that step goal almost everyday.
I don’t say this to make myself seem better than other people, I say it to show you that I had to make that step goal a priority. Rather than look at the entire week and say, 10,000/day for the next 7 days, I tackled one day at a time. Making the small, daily short term goal was the key to my success this week. I could have used the cold as an excuse and believe me, I wanted too. But meeting that goal was important to me, so I stepped (literally) out of my comfort zone and I made it work for my life. It’s a perfect time to catch up on some biz podcasts that I’d been missing out on. And it got me out of the office and away from my computer for a bit of time.
What are your goals for 2016? Have you made them yet? Thought about them? Rather than focus on a huge goal for the year, try breaking it down into small, short term goals. It’s a great way to measure progress and help keep you on track. And always ask yourself, does doing X, Y or Z help get me closer to my goal or not?
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It’s my BIRTHDAY today!! I LOVE birthdays. LOVE THEM. We did a little dinner with the family on Friday, which was fun. Saturday, I woke up a little under the weather, so I got a sub for my class and laid on the couch or in bed getting work done. I took the ENTIRE day off yesterday, celebrating our 6 month anniversary and doing some Christmas decorating! Today, it’s work in the morning and party in the afternoon!
Don’t forget to enter to win a Big Slice care package and a copy of The Ultimate Food Prep Guide! I’ll announce winners on Wednesday, along with a post on some of my favorite lunch ideas!
What did you do this weekend? Do you set small short terms goals?