October 1, 2017

We all know what goals are right?


They are things that we set and work towards to try and make our lives better, right?


This isn't a trickeroo. That's exactly what a goal is. 


The problem is that many of us set goals and that's that. We don't really know how to go about achieving them. I work with clients in therapy on this all the time. We want to change things in our life, but even once we have a goal to work towards, we often come up short.


So this is what I say: Set a goal and then a whole bunch of smaller goals toward that bigger goal. After all, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.


For example, it's not enough to say "I want to lose weight." That's an admiral goal and something many work toward, but it's not enough. Break it down into saying "This week, I will download a calorie counter and add in everything I eat. I will also weight myself and walk for 15 minutes every day." This is something you can manage easily enough and it is working toward your ultimate goal of losing weight.


The next week, add onto this, or change it a little. Say "I am going to continue tracking what I eat, walk for a half hour every other day, and run on the off days."


The second half to this is making sure that you have commitment to doing all of this. I wish I could say that this has never been an issue for me, but that would be a lie. Committing is the real battle here. But starting off slow and working up to your goals can help with this. It turns your goals into smaller chunks that are much more manageable. Just try to keep your commitment level in check too. 



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