It is officially the new year and I’m sure the resolutions are in full force right now! Question: did you make a plan to reach your goal? It is one thing to say you want to do something, but as they say, a goal without a plan is just a wish!

Your end goal should be specific.

First and foremost, your big goal that you want to achieve should be as specific as possible. It definitely should NOT be vague like, “I want to get stronger.” That doesn’t say much and it doesn’t give you any parameters to measure out your goal. How will you know that you’re getting stronger?

Quantifying your goal is always a good idea. If you want to lose weight and reach a certain clothing size, then you could say, “I want to drop to a size 8.”

Give yourself a deadline.

Just like your work would give you a deadline to have a job done (or school would give you a due date), give yourself a deadline, too. That way it doesn’t feel like this goal is never ending. 

To be completely honest with you, I don’t recommend setting a deadline that is one year out. One year is a long time and you never know what could happen during that time! I’d stick with six months or shorter. When you achieve your goal, you can set another goal to achieve in the last six months of 2020!

Now it is time to develop progress goals, which will help you create a plan. 

Progress goals are just smaller goals that you can achieve every day, week, and/or month to get you closer to your end goal.

Let’s bring back the weight loss goal. You say you want to drop to a size eight. How do you need to do that? Obviously by working out more and eating better. Progress goals would include something like working out a certain amount of days per week and making the workouts a certain amount of time. These goals should also be measurable! 

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Make sure you are keeping your goals realistic for YOU.

Only you know your life. You know what challenges you will face during your journey to achieving this goal. Therefore, you need to consider what is realistic. Obviously if you work full-time and have kids, you’re probably not going to be spending 2-3 hours in the gym five days per week! 

I know that it seems silly getting this analytical about setting goals and literally creating a roadmap to achieve them, but this is one of the few goal setting methods that ensures success. Once you define it and put it out there in the universe, you are unstoppable!

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