Every new goal involves a journey that begins with a seed of inspiration, desire, or need. What’s your desire, inspiration or need? And what actions do you need to take to achieve them? This post is all about figuring that out.
In my last post Getting Focused for Goal Setting, I said we’d delve a little deeper into your goals.
The idea behind this is to keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, therefore, keeping you focused on achieving them.
Plan and Action
If you haven’t got your goals down on paper yet, then head over to How to Supercharge Your SMART Goals. You can download a goal setting form from there.
Once you have them down on paper, you’ll need to figure out how to make them happen.
I know there’s a whole load of people out there with the dream of having a lean, healthy, fit and toned body.
You have that image in your head of how you’ll look when you achieve it, right? I hope so because visualisation is a brilliant tool.
Well, it’s time to make your dream come true. You’ve got this; YOU make it happen.
We’ve all done it; started a diet, a new project, a goal and then it just kind of somehow never happened… even though we stocked up on the healthy food, joined the gym, wrote our goal down in a nice new notebook.
It’s not that we don’t want it anymore. But our drive to achieve it faded.
We got too busy, found it too difficult to give up the takeaways or cut down on the alcohol, so we tucked it away in the back of our minds.
If that’s happened before to you, it’s OK. I’ve been there, done that too. What matters now is what you do next, what action you take.
Now’s the time to review what set you back and put some strategies in place.
This is where process goals come into play. And why it’s important to go back and review and update your goals regularly. It keeps the momentum going and you goals alive.
Food for Thought or Thoughts of Food
Sticking to a diet isn’t just about following a healthy eating plan. Because being hungry isn’t always the driving factor behind our food choices.
Many other factors come into play, such as habits, emotions and our thought process.
Often our food choices are determined by the running conversation we have going on in our head. It’s these factors that need addressing and that form our process goals.
So what are process goals? They’re like the subset of your primary goal. The actions that you need to complete to achieve your that goal.
And these usually involve behavioural changes. For example increasing your activity levels or finding the time to make a healthy packed lunch.
OK, you have your main goal, and you’re super excited and motivated to start but where do you start?
Start by asking the questions below. Replace the goal with your own.
What do I need to stop doing to help me achieve [my goal]?
Examples could be, eat fewer takeaways. Cut back on alcohol and replace unhealthy snacks with healthier choices
What do I need to start doing to move closer to [my goal]?
It’s the answers you give to this question that you want to focus on; These will shape your process goals. They will form the actions you need to take to obtain your primary goal.
Examples could be to start eating more fruit; introduce weights to exercise sessions for toning; swap out ready-made and take away meals for freshly prepared meals; stop eating two packets of crisps most evenings and cut down on alcohol. Whoa, that’s a lot of sub-goals.
One Step at a Time
To make all those changes in one go could be overwhelming and set you up for failure. So list your process goals down one by one and under each rate how confident you are that you can make that change.
Rate your confidence, on a scale of 0 to 100% (a higher percentage rating being very confident, and a lower score is less confident).
I’ve made a printable worksheet for you to use. Print one out and make copies if you need. Download the worksheet below and also get a free ebook, Eat Wise for Exercise.
Scores higher than 70% are the process goals you should prioritise as they have the greatest chance of success.
Start off by incorporating 2 or 3 of these changes during the first week to build your confidence.
Then, the following week you can add in other process goals from your list. If something went wrong don’t let your dream fade this time. Review what happened and reset your process goals. You’ve got this now and you’re heading in the right direction.
3-Day Nutrient and Diet Analysis
If you want to get a head start and find out the adjustments you need to make to your diet then this vitamin and nutrient analysis is for you.
By purchasing the diet assessment, you’ll gain knowledge to improve your diet and have a solid starting point to assist you on your way toward a healthier more energised YOU!
Remember I love to receive your comments and it would be great to hear how you’re getting on with achieving your goals.
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Lucy G x