“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
Why do 88% of New Year’s Resolutions typically fail? Probably for several reasons:
- We are still in the middle of Winter, when it is harder to get up early and crack on with our goals.
- A year is too long a time frame for most people to actually visualise and realise a goal.
- A ‘resolution’ is often more of an idea or a dream. In order to make it happen, we need to turn it into an actionable goal.
Let’s use the example: “I want to get fit and healthy this year.” The future tense makes it sound too distant, so change it to: “I am/ feel fit and healthy”. Then, break it down into 3 realistic, yet challenging, progress targets that show you are on track, such as: my skin is clear and glowing, I am my ideal weight, I feel strong and flexible. For each of these sub goals, give yourself 3 tasks, that you can begin to action immediately, to achieve your goal in 3 months. So, the whole approach, when written out, may look like this:
Result (Start with what you want): I feel fit and healthy.
Target (How will you know when you’re there): I am my ideal weight of _
Actions (What you will do to get there): I run 3 miles Wednesday after work and 6 miles Sunday morning (after getting my technique checked!). I go to yoga on Monday and Thursday nights. I switch processed foods with freshly made whole-foods (this can be more specific, such as switching a lunch time pasty for soup).
Target: I feel strong and flexible – my Sun Salute feels easier.
Actions: I go to yoga on Monday and Thursday nights. I get one private yoga session a week, so I can practise yoga for 20 minutes at home, 4 times a week. I sit on the floor instead of the sofa when watching TV.
Target: My skin is clear and glowing.
Actions: I switch diary for plant-based alternatives. I switch coffee for green tea and alcohol for sparkling water. I drink 2 litres of water a day.
Some actions might appear more than once, as they are all contributing to the end result!
Have a go! This process of breaking down a goal/ dream into visible trackable targets and actionable tasks can be done for anything! Give it a try and let me know how you get on in the comments below. We all need to set goals in order to live the life of our dreams. If you’re not sure where to begin, start by envisaging what you actually, really want. Brainstorming everything you want, will reveal at least one life-enhancing goal. Write it down, as above, tell someone else at home to keep you accountable and track all your actions.
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