Goal Setting – Practical Tips & Tricks
- Set specific, realistic, measurable goals
- It takes time for a change to become a habit
- Repetition, repetition!
- No pleasing other
- Roadblocks, failures… all part of it!
- Reach out!
Here my quick and dirty short list! Just a quick list to get You started….
But seriously… remember, we want to know WHAT HAS WORKED FOR YOU?
- Specific, realistic goals work best. This means make them measurable. “I’m going to recycle all my plastic bottles, soda cans, and magazines” is a much more doable goal than “I’m going to do more for the environment.” Makes it easier to stick with too!
- It takes time for a change to become a habit. It will take a couple of months (at least 21 days) before a new habit develops – like getting up half an hour early to exercise – and becomes a routine. Your brain just needs time to get used to the idea that this new thing You’re doing is part of what to expect and accept.
- Repetition, repetition! Say Your goal out loud each morning to remind Yourself of what You want and what You’re working for. Stand in front of a mirror and say it to Your face! Yes, silly, but it works! Every time You remind Yourself of Your goal, You’re training Your brain to make it happen.
- Pleasing other people doesn’t work. Find the desire within Yourself – You have to do it because You WANT it, not because a girlfriend, boyfriend, coach, parent, or someone else wants You to. It will be harder to stay on track and motivated if You’re doing something out of obligation to another person.
- Roadblocks, failures… all part of it! Slip-ups are TOTALLY part of the learning or retraining process!!! It may take a few tries to figure it out. But that’s OK – it’s normal and expected. Just remember that everyone slips up and don’t beat Yourself up about it. Just remind Yourself to get back on track.
- Reach out! Find someone who has maybe “gotten there” already. Do You know someone who has reached what You are trying to accomplish? Don’t be afraid to ask. Worst thing they can do is not be so kind to share their experience, but maybe, just maybe they will.
My mentor always said:
The ONLY reason why I am ahead of You is because I have failed more times than You!
You just haven’t quite put the reps in yet!