New Years 2018 was almost a month ago…
Time is flying right? What were you goals that you wanted to achieve this year:
- Lose weight
- Get a new job
- Save and invest my money
- Start a new relationship
- Try a new hobby
So let’s get real…
What progress have you made in the last 3 weeks? What steps have you started to achieve that goal?
Those questions aren’t intended to be aggressive or make you feel guilty.
However, if you interpreted them that way, it may be an opportunity to look intrinsically at why you feel that you are being questioned in that fashion.
Most likely it’s because we are aware that we are no closer to achieving our goal than we were at the end of 2017.
So here is where the rubber meets the road.
You set that lofty resolution or goal, and thats admirable.
But did you define what behaviors or actions would ladder up to help you achieve it.
For example: Your goal was to lose 30lbs this year. AWESOME! Ok, so what behaviors will lead to that goal?
- Eat more vegetables
- Work out 20-30 minutes 3 times a week
- Drink alcohol 2 nights per week instead of 4
- Desert only out at restaurants once or twice per week – not at home every day
These are just examples of improvements to someone’s behavior that may help them achieve that weight loss goal.
Doing all 4 of those on January 1st probably seemed overwhelming and created a huge barrier to entry.
So, make success easy on yourself.
Starting February (or the upcoming month when you are reading this), choose only 1 small behavior.
For example, on the list above, just start adding vegetables to every meal.
But Keith, that’s easy, and I need to do more.
Oh, well how did that full list of behaviors treat you so far?
Trust me, just pick one small one and execute it daily.
If you crush that objective for a month…add one more behavior from your list.
Make it a consistent behavior change and keep adding more incrementally.
If things get too hard, or you slip, back up, take one behavior off your list until you feel comfortable again.
Goal setting is a great strategy exercise, but changing our habits slowly and incrementally…
That’s where we find success…The long game.
So, that begs the question….What are you going to do differently today?
Be ready to shake hands with success! 😉