So, you have decided that you want to achieve something. It can be any part of your life – fitness, love or work life – but you are ready to go at it. Even if you know where to start (because sometimes it feels like you don’t even know where to start the change) you might get side-tracked by everyday life. And that is ok, as long as you have a clear goal in your mind.
But how to make it clear? How can you really know if what you are doing right now is taking you closer to your goal?
Well, it’s not as hard as it might seem and you need to answer to only 5 questions to clarify if what you have decided to do is actually an attainable and a good goal.
- So, first of all, ask yourself – if sour current goal SPECIFIC?
It can’t be “lose weight”, “get a better job”, “find someone special”. You have to know exactly what you want to get. How much weight do you want to lose? What is your dream job? What do you mean by – ‘special’? Are there particular characteristics that you consider special in other people?
- When you are done with that, turn to the next question about your current goal – can it be MEASURED?
If you plan on losing weight – will you measure it in kilograms or by dress sizes? If you are looking for a new job – will you look at the benefits that the new job offers or salary? If you want to improve any of your relationships – make it your measurable goal to spend more time with someone. That way, even when it seems like you can’t measure such thing as quality in relationships – you really can.
- Is your goal ATTAINABLE?
Be realistic at this point. If you have to learn Japanese to speak freely in everyday conversation (specific goal) with your friend (who will be the measurement – if they understand you or not), you can’t set a goal to do it in 3 days. It’s unrealistic and this goal would not be attainable. Depending on your skills, times and other moving parts – if you set yourself a 6 month or a year-long time to learn the language – it seems like a more attainable goal. If you want to lose 10 kg in 6 months, don’t just say that – divide the time into smaller, faster achievable goals, like losing 2 kg a month and set out a plan for each month of how you can do it.
- And then the hard question – is the mentioned goal RELEVANT to you?
Sometimes we decide to achieve goals that are important to someone close, but the goal doesn’t really resonate with you. But to achieve it – it has to resonate. Deeply. From time to time – go over your goals and ask yourself – if this goal is still something you want? Or is it something you wanted to achieve 5 years ago and still think you need, even though maybe you have a different mindset now.
- What is the TIME limit for your goal?
When do you have to be done with this goal? If the goal is something you can achieve in a month or so – great! Just go at it. If your goals’ end is further – 6 months or more – break it down into smaller time frames and go at it one by one. If you want to lose a lot of weight, but you are sedentary and eat only processed food – start by just adding walking to your daily routine for a couple of weeks (again – be specific with the goal of how much you need to walk). When you have achieved that – just take out processed foods from your breakfast menu. Cook at home. A couple of weeks will go by and I can guarantee that there will be changes in the body weight, even not concentrating on it.
I also like the idea of rewards. Just to keep yourself accountable. Set your goal, set the time limit by which you will do something good for yourself. Let the reward be something you really enjoy (if your goal is to lose weight – be careful with choosing to reward yourself with ‘bad’ foods). Go on a trip, buy new clothes, get a fancy massage. Anything that will make you want to get to the goal and keep you focused.
If you have any questions about setting your goals – just let me know and I can work with you on your goals so you can get the best results!
Now, set your goals, then go & get them, tiger!