The end of January is usually surreal for me. Like, where did the month go? So fast!! I know it’s the same for some people especially when you start you realise that the time is ticking for your goals
Personally, I don’t really talk about goals in January. Not anymore…Not because it’s unimportant, but because I believe that I need a few weeks to settle back into a routine after the Christmas and new year celebration. Plus social media is rife with lots and lots of confusing information.
So let’s start afresh shall we?
- Have a goal: This much is obvious, you need to know what you want to achieve at the end of a specific period. ie Instead of I want to be in the best shape of my life, I would write, I want to lose 10kg, be fit and lean. I know you know this but I don’t want you to stop there. I want you to include a picture that models what exactly you have in mind. That is what you want to look like.
- Break it down into sections: If for instance you want to lose 10kg and you have 4 months to get there, divide 10 by 4. This will give you 2.5kg monthly. But don’t stop there; go further by dividing 2.5kg by the weeks of the month. This way you have a weekly clear-cut goal to stop you from losing focus.
- Include an action plan: This is the most step of all. I wish people would understand the fact that having and talking about a goal is not enough. There is the need to work hard at that goal. Sometimes even doing whatever it takes. I am typing this post right now with one hand because my five-month-old baby is draped over my other arm. It is not convenient but I promised myself one blog post minimum every month.
- Tailor your actions to your end goal. Now, action alone is not enough. Especially actions that point in opposite direction of your end goal. As an example, if your goal is to be fit and lean with definition, running 5 miles or more daily will not get you there. You have to ensure that your daily actions are in alignment with your end goals.
- Stay in your lane: Have you ever been in a situation where you had started a plan and you find out that your friend has or is doing so well on another plan. And then, you switch? Whilst there is nothing wrong with trying something new, The question is, do you know how long your friend has been on her journey for? Or have you stayed on your plan long enough for you to get the kind of results your friend has?There are no new information’s out there. Yes, there is a difference in the mode of delivery but essentially; the information’s are the same. So be wise and stick to a method you know will work for you if you put in enough effort.
- Be flexible: Life is full of surprises. Yes! You have a plan and actions to back it up. But when life throws you a curve, don’t hang your booths in surrender. Curve with life. Find a way because there is always a way. The problem is that we are not entirely willing.