Goals, Good to Know

How to Make Big Things Happen 101

October 3, 2013

Happy Thursday, my friends!

Last night I taught my FIRST official small group workout with 4 amazing women. We had a blast- I couldn’t ask for a funnier, more honest, supportive group. Serious shout-out to all of my super women! You guys totally rock!!!

At the end of the session, we spoke a bit about nutrition and goals. It got me thinking, though, outside of class. How does someone even begin goal setting? How do they know what goals to set? Why should someone set goals?

I love, love, LOVE helping other people goal set. You know how you’re supposed to do things that “give you life”? Well, goal-setting and helping people achieve goals is one of those things for me. Here are some simple tips I would offer you if you are having trouble knowing where to begin or how to get the ball rolling:

  • Why should I set goals?

    • It’s actually a fact that the majority of people work more diligently if they’re working toward something.  So, maybe you’re plateauing in your workouts or weight-loss because you don’t have an end goal and you’re just not putting any “oomph” into it anymore? Maybe you’re putting energy into something that’s actually not a priority in your life because of a lack of focus?
    • Maybe you could work from home doing something you love, make $25,000 more per year, weigh 15 pounds less, travel to Austrailia, and make it to church every Sunday– you’re just not maxing out your potential???
  • What are the first steps in goal-setting?

    • Be honest. Don’t list out a bunch of goals that don’t mean anything to you but are what your parents would want for you, or your wife, or society. The more your goals mean to you and the more you have a desire to reach them, the more motivating it is to achieve them and the sweeter the success!
    • Target the area of your life that most needs attention or matters the most to you. It’s easier to start off focusing on one area at a time. For example, maybe you are really looking to better the career aspect of your life?
    • Once you’ve figured out the area (or areas) of your life that you want to set goals for, make a list of either the things that you want to change in that area and/or that you would like to make happen.
      • An example: if I’m goal-setting for my career, the things that I might want to change and make happen are (all goals in this post are totally made up, by the way!!): I no longer want to be an administrator; I no longer want to be paid hourly; I want to work for a small, local company instead of “for corporate.”
  • How do I know how long it will take me to achieve my goals?

    • Short answer: You’ll never know exactly how long or short of a time it will take you to achieve things. But make a reasonable estimate and designate an “achieve date.” This way, you are holding yourself accountable and actively working toward achieving something. Having no set timeline means that you’ll eventually get around to it.
    • I think it’s important to make long and short-term goals. That way, even if the long-term goals change, you’re still always working toward something bigger and better for yourself
      • An example: I will apply for a salaried, management position for ___________ Company by March 31, 2014. (short-term) I will develop a business plan to start my own company by March 31, 2015. (long-term)
      • Another example: I will pay off all outstanding credit card debt my January 1, 2014. (short-term) I will purchase a home by December 31, 2014. (long-term)
  • What if things don’t go as planned?

    • Nothing ever goes perfectly, so it’s ok to regroup from time to time. Maybe something that was really important to you 6 months ago is not important to you now? What if working hard and pushing yourself still doesn’t get you to your goal on the date that you set? Then it’s probably time to re-think the feasibility of the goal. Is there a step that needs to be taken before you actually reach your goal?
      • An example: I applied to 4 job openings that would meet my criteria to reach my career goals listed above. It’s April 10th and I still haven’t heard from any of the jobs.
        • Didn’t get any of the jobs that you applied for? Time to re-focus. What are some things that you could do to add to your resume that could make you more valuable? Maybe a new goal is to go back to school to get your MBA in order to be a more appealing candidate for a management position in your dream company?
  • Any other advice?

    • Think big but realistic!!!!
      • The sky’s the limit, but don’t do something that’s not actually feasible or healthy. Losing 100 pounds in 2 months is not a realistic goal. Bench-pressing 400 pounds is not a realistic goal (for 99.9% of people). Jumping from administrator to CEO of a company in a span of 4 weeks is not a realistic goal.
      • Training for and running a marathon in 6 months is a big, beautiful goal. Saving $25,000 for a house down payment, over the course of a year, is a tough, but do-able and awesome goal. Eating 2 more servings of vegetables every day is a very achievable goal.
    • Build up a support team
      • For those “off” days or when the going gets tough, having that 1, 2, or 5 people who can get you back on track is practically a necessity. We weren’t meant to go through life alone and achieving goals is no different. Share your goals with your best friend, spouse, grandma– just have someone there to celebrate with you as well as give you those words of encouragement and moments of tough love when you need it.

I can not begin to tell you the things that you can do if you work hard for them. It sounds so “Disney,” but it’s true. Setting goals has completely changed my mind about what’s feasible in my life. I think setting goals is the only way to truly live out your own best life.

Let me know if you need a friend to celebrate with as well as give some tough love along and along….or, if you have anymore specific questions, I’m here! 🙂

Have a fabulous rest of your day!




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