A Goal Without a Plan is Just a WishAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
One of the biggest reasons why people (myself included) fail at our goals; wether they are fitness, lifestyle or other related, is because we fail to make a plan. To prevent this from happening to your next aspiration, you can take a look at this 4 step method to create and stick to your goal!
Step 1: Decide Your Goal
First and formost, you need to create a clear goal for yourself. This way, you’ll remember what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
You can create something very simple, even such as lifting X amount of weight on your deadlifts by X amount of time. Likewise, you can create a larger scale goal to totally switch up your unhealthy lifestyle. It could be something like loosing 5 pounds this month, or losing however many kilos by the end of the year.
- You want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself
- You want to get to a healthier weight
- You want to set a good example for your kids
- You want to improve your mental wellbeing with an active lifestyle.
- You want to feel great for your next big event (wedding, holiday…etc)
One of the ultimate ways I found to stick to goals is through a goals planner. The one I love is the SELF Journal by BestSelf. This is the ULTIMATE planner to get sh*t done, keeping you accountable every day and month over 6 months.
I’ve bought this three times (especially during my final exams periods) and it’s positively impacted my results to a high level, as well as improving my happiness and stress levels.
Step 2: Break It Down
The next step is to breal the goal down into specific ways you will achieve it.
For example, let’s say your goal is to lose 5 ppunds by the end of the month. To get to this goal, you’ll want to bring daily habits into your life. These could be:
- Drinking 3 litres of water every day.
- Hitting the gym 4 times a week.
- Incorporating 3 sessions of strength training a week.
- Incorporating a new style of exercise, such as HIIT.
- Planning meals in advance, and writing a grocery shopping list each week.
- Purchasing a new nutrition plan or hiring a personal trainer.
If your goal is to improve your mental wellness, you could break your goal down into focusing on:
- Take up meditating every morning.
- Start seeing a therapist once a week.
- Take up 30 minutes of movement every day, such as walking or gym sessions.
- Focus on sleeping better. (using essential oils, no screens before bed, meditating before sleeping etc.)
I generally suggest breaking the goal down into anywhere between 4 and 6 steps or new habits that will help you reach it. Make sure to write them down.
Step 3: Find Your Tribe
It’s been said enough: you are a product of your environment.
I’ve found this resonates with me hugely. When I surround myself with positive, empowering people, I feel inspired.
One of my friends is extremely inspiring with her healthy lifestyle. She works hard to create a good lifestyle for herself. She eats so well and cooks exciting foods. She looks after her body and her mental health through all kinds of meditation and routines. Because of this, she’s what I call a high functioning individual.
Another two of my friends in Egypt started an insane fitness and lifestyle plan to follow together. They’re at the gym almost every day because they love it. They eat super well, but still treat themselves on Fridays. They meditate, and as a result of this they’re both doing so well and positively influencing and inspiring the people around them. Including myself.
I find this super inspiring. And when I feel myself slipping off track, I know I can look to these people and gain some motivation to stick to and achieve a goal.
In short, you need to look at those that you surround yourself with. Do they push you and motivate you towards your own goals?
Step 4: Keep Yourself in Check with a Schedule
Schedules can be detailed plans with time blocks, meal plans and even specific workout sets for the gym. On the other hand, a great schedule can also involve a simple daily checklist.
I love a good schedule and I make sure to start every morning my making one for my day (you can check out a morning routine here). When we create a set out plan for the day, the week or even the month, it can remove a load of that frazzled and clouded energy. After removing this energy and uncertainty, you’ll feel a lot more cool, calm and collected when it comes to tackling your goals.
My last ask for you, while you sit down and have your morning coffee (or tea, water, mochas whatever you like :)) get yourself a small notebook and write down a quick checklist or plan for your day. Always include the broken down steps and habits you wrote down earlier (such as drink 3 litres of water, or your meditation, or your gym session).
I wish you luck! – Cecily.
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