The Art of Goal Setting

On December 31st 2014, roughly 50% of Americans made some sort of new years resolution (Goal) they wanted to accomplish. Among the top resolutions are weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, better money management and debt reduction. After 7 days 25% had already given up. The rest dwindled off up to 6 months later. The remaining few were successful in completing their goal. Why is that?

Maybe its too hard? Bodybuilding.com asked people why they gave up on their new years resolutions to get in shape. The number one answer was that it was too difficult to stick to a workout program.

Maybe we are trying to change ourselves or circumstances for the wrong reasons. If we are trying to do something to look good, or gain status. Then we will probably give up when we don't see results right away or get the attention we want. If we are doing it to change our future, leave a legacy, decrease our blood pressure, get out of debt, or be around for our kids and grandkids, then we will stay motivated.

I believe that it is because we bite off more than we can chew. We want it all. Right. Now. We try to do too much at one time.

I learned how to set goals when I was in the Navy and have found that making goals is the best way to stay focused.

Goals 101:

What is your goal? One goal. Make it realistic. (Example: I want to get in shape). Now define your goal. (what does getting in shape mean to you? Toned, bodybuilder, get off heart medication etc...)

Now that you have your goal. Get something that you can look at everyday or keep with you that will motivate you to achieve your goal. ( I usually have a quote or something I put on my fridge) Never lose focus, constant reminders help. Now we are going to break it into bite sized chunks.

Why do you want to achieve this goal? (Why is it important to you. This is your motivation) Post this on your fridge, put it in a frame, carry it in your wallet. Do whatever you have to do.

What obstacles will you face in accomplishing your goal? How are you going to overcome these obstacles? If you have already thought things through, you will be less caught off guard. (sometimes I don't make it to the gym, Don't beat yourself up, just stick to your plan).

Write down 3 things you can do this week to start. Hardest First.
Example: 1) Find or write out a workout plan, 2) Get my gym bag ready with everything I will need 3) Find out the best time/times for me to go, they may vary day to day

Write down one thing you can do today to get started.
(Write out my workout plan)

Do it. Then do the next one. A checklist helps, it creates a snowball effect. It gives us tangible results. The thing that you least want to do is the thing that you most need to do.

Goals are very easy to accomplish if you make them realistic, and have a plan of attack. There are always going to be obstacles, but it is how you overcome them that is going to set you apart.

Now go kick your goal in the face!!!