I wrote out my one month, three months, six month and twelve-month goals last night and how I intended to achieve them. So this morning’s motivational thought for the day appealed to me
"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - J. K. Rowling
Tips for setting and achieving your goal.
Your goal must be something you desire. Drinking eight glasses of water is an action, not a goal unless water was a hard to achieve commodity and you crave drinking eight glasses.
Please try to find goals that excite you, things you would want to make an effort to achieve.
Would you work hard to achieve something that is easy to do that you do not want to do?
Know what a Goal Is, do not mistake an action for a goal. I love drinking, water. It comes easy. If you do not like drinking it, it might be a part of your action plan, but it is a very weak goal.
This confusion about what a goal is accounts for why so many people struggle to achieve goals. So it will help you to read up on how to set goals, not from people who are not achieving them, but from the experts. There are many experts in this field.
Your Goal needs to be specific. Losing weight or running is not a specific goal, How much weight and in what time frame, How far, fast or for how long do you want to be able to run and when do you plan to be able to do this? Be very clear about what it is you want to achieve,
Your goal must be believable to you. Yes, I believe I can achieve goal weight. No, I do not believe I could ~ or should run a marathon. I set my 12 months goal to passing my next bone density scan with at the very least no further deterioration and hopefully a drug-free, all natural with diet and exercise, improvement in my bone density; I believe this can be achieved.
The Goal must be achievable. I cannot expect to achieve the looks and weight I was at age 21; I’ll settle for feeling 21, ~ when better than that, I’ll be a healthy and fit feeling 21 again. I have already achieved greater health and fitness than I ever had before in my life. At 63 I am my fitness exceeds anything I knew in my youth.
You must know how you are going to achieve your goal.
You must have an action plan so you can see how it will be, achieved.
You must have a To Do List. Write in your diary, ahead of time, those actions you will be doing to achieve the goal you set. These are appointments with you, appointments you commit and promise yourself that you are not going to break, short of serious emergencies. If you do not do this step, you know you will falter, you will have times when ‘you can’t be bothered or make excuses that you are too busy, so write those to do list actions into your diary now. If someone wants you to do something else during that time, you cannot ‘you have an appointment.'
The most important appointment you could have is the one that takes you to your goal, your realistic dream for you. I am about to keep my appointment with the swimming pool beside me.
Have a beautiful and active day.