Challenge Yourself by Setting Goals
I have found that I’m motivated by setting and achieving goals. I feel a sense of accomplishment that keeps me wanting to do more when I overcome challenges. I have started using this in my weight loss journey to get results. Sometimes I have small goals such as drinking all of my water for the day, and other times I have long term goals such as improving my running time. It’s time to ask yourself “What motivates me?”, and use that to begin setting goals. Overcoming the challenges that get in your way is the only way that you are finally going to get the results you want.
Rules for Successful Goal Setting
Anyone can set a goal, but that doesn’t mean they are going to achieve it. I found a great rule setting guide at Mindtools that works perfect for our purposes. If you want to be successful with your goal setting follow these simple rules.
- Make sure the goals are motivating. – Goals are meant to motivate you, not tear you down. When you set your goal you have to make sure that it is something important to you, and that you find value in the achievement of the goal. Make sure it is working towards your end goal of getting healthy. When you have weak moments think about why it is important to you to help you keep going.
- Make SMART goals. – Your goals have to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. A great example is “I will drink 75 ounces of water before I go to bed today”. This goal is very specific, the measure is the amount of ounces, it is something that I can do and I have a time frame to meet that goal. A bad example would be “I want to start running”. That goal has no direction and no set of rules to determine that I have reached the goal. Set yourself up for success when you set your goals.
- Put it in writing! – Write down your specific goal as stated above and place it in places that you will see it and remind yourself what you are working towards. And when you write these goals, use words such as “I will” rather than “I would like to”. Give yourself credit, you will do it!
- Plan how you’re going to get it done. – Using my water goal as an example, I can plan to start drinking water with my breakfast and drink 7.5 ounces per hour until I’m done. I will plan to drink water with my meals rather than anything else to help me reach my goal. With this plan, I have a guideline to keep me on track all day.
- Stick with it!! Don’t let anything stand in your way. We all face challenges while trying to reach goals, but its overcoming those chall
enges that sets you aside from those who don’t reach their goals. When you start overcoming small challenges you move on to bigger challenges and eventually you’ll be at your biggest goal!
One thing I have learned along the way is that I can never stop challenging myself. Everyday I set small goals in the gym, or when I eat just to keep me moving towards my bigger goal. When I reach a big goal, I find a new one to reach. Every time I stop challenging myself daily, I start losing sight of my big goal in the end. Create small goals regularly to keep you focused on that big goal in the end. And after you reach that goal, make new ones to help you maintain. Make sure all along the way that you’re keeping your head up and staying motivated. Do NOT let these goals tear you down, because you can do this!