New month, new quarter, seventy-five percent of 2015 still in front of us, spring is in the air and it’s time to revisit our goals. I am absolutely convinced that without a plan, direction or set of goals we flounder.
Think about this in a very simplistic way. Goals do not need to be long-term and months/years into the future. Goals do not need to be complex with various “check-in” points along the path. Goals can be simple, short-term and yet very effective. Almost like daily or weekly “To-Dos”.
The challenge with goals is making them relevant to ultimately motivate change. I’ve noticed this personally with the ways I am able to shift my thinking and overall patterns in life. When I personally set a long-term goal it’s much harder to induce change than when I bring it home so to speak and look at my plan week by week.
I literally changed my fitness goals recently and all my workouts so far this week have been amazing. Creating the goal, understanding the path needed to get there week-by-week and committing to the process had shifted my mindset and result are happening. That is powerful.
The take away as I see it, is incremental change for the long-term success of an established goal. Use journals, notes on your smart phone or however you choose to document progress to maintain the path. Be willing to stumble and deviate a little but keep the path in sight.
In time of distress, immediately go back to the baseline goal and the simple changes needed to get there. Then you will be back on the path.
Happy April Fools