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!

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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.

short_term_goalsNext 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.

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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?

XOXO,
Jen

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