Yesterday, I bought myself a notebook (or four, but who’s counting? :p). I’m a stationery junkie, don’t even get me started!
It was one of those 5 subject notebooks and once I got back home, I labelled each section with personal or business goals and I’ve already started planning how I aim to achieve them. I’m already looking forward to working on them all 🙂
I have found that I meet my goals better when I write out a plan of action, nothing beats the feeling of ticking accomplishments off a list… no matter how long it takes.
You know that saying, “Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail.“? It’s 100% accurate!
Whatever goals you’re already working on, thinking about working on or haven’t even thought about… planning is key. When you don’t plan, you have nothing to work with, or towards, and you may find that things just never seem to work.
Saying, “I want to lose weight” isn’t good enough. “I want Beyonce’s body” (ha!) is nowhere near enough.
What is your plan of action? How will you achieve this goal, however ridiculous it might sound to some? You can’t be chomping on a bar of chocolate while wanting these things. Or inhaling sugar… seriously!
I’m almost certain you’ve heard of setting SMART goals but just in case you haven’t, here’s a quick breakdown. I’ll use weight loss for this example:
Specific: What exactly do you want? How do you plan to get it? I want to lose weight. I will eat healthy (plan my meals or have someone do it), I will exercise (plan my workouts or have a fitness professional do it), I will stay motivated (join a free or paid group, read healthy blogs and magazines), etc
Measurable: How many inches? What dress size? I want to be a UK size 10.
Attainable: Something that can actually be done, healthily in this case. NOT: To lose 10kg in a month or To go down 3 dress sizes in a month. YES –> To go down a dress size in a month. To go down 2 dress sizes in 3 months.
Realistic/Relevant: Your goal should be realistic and relevant to what you want BUT shouldn’t be too easy. You need to challenge yourself to see change. Nothing as easy: To lose 2lbs in a month OR To go down a dress size in 6 months.
Time: When do you want to reach this goal? Remember, it has to be all of the 4 above points (Specific, Measurable, Attainable & Relevant). You should set a time frame that you can work towards, to keep you accountable. In 3 months, and you can be even more specific and set an actual date.
Don’t stress yourself if you’re putting in all the work but are not getting desired results, you might have set yourself unattainable goals or your plan needs to be revised. We learn from our mistakes!
So… from today, write out a plan to reach your goals and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as you tick off short, medium and long term goals.
Have a wonderful, healthy 2014, full of accomplished goals, good health and happiness!