Setting and Achieving a Goal: Part II

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So here is how you set the goal, and I will use weight loss as an example, but again the goal could be anything you want to achieve.  Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds.   Ok so right now your goal is to lose twenty pounds.  Next set a time frame next to that twenty pounds.  By when do you need to lose this weight?  So we’ll say summer (June 21st) is 20 weeks away and you would really like to have that weight off by that day.  Great!  So the goal is to lose 20 pounds by June 21st which is 20 weeks away.

As you can see the math is simple, you need to lose one pound per week over the next twenty weeks.  Now that you have the end written down it doesn’t seem so scary does it?  Before I continue I must mention that you should invest in a notebook, day planner or some type of instrument that you can write on or record your goals and your steps you must follow to achieve those goals.  Studies have shown when people write down their goals and track them in a daily diary or day planner the success of achieving them increases by up to 70%.  So get that day planner and write them down.

With the end goal of losing 20 pounds in 20 weeks written down in our day planner, we now need to write down the steps to get there.  Well we know we need to eat healthy and we need to exercise.  If you do not know much about these areas, your first step could be “to go and get a physical from the doctor”.  Your second step could be “read articles or books on proper nutrition and learn what I must eat and when I should eat it”.  The third step could be, “go down to the local gym and register”.  Step 4, “hire a personal trainer to set up my workout routine for the next 20 weeks”.  You want to write each step down and you want each step to be as detailed as possible and every step must have a date to get completed by.

You might be saying, “Do I really have to write down ‘go the gym and perform upper body workout’?”  Yes you do.  By writing down in full detail every step it takes to get to the end goal, you are committing yourself to achieving this goal.  When you open up your daily planner to see what needs to get done today it will read “go to the gym and perform upper body workout” or something like that, you know that needs to get done and in order to achieve your goal you have to complete that step.  When you get back from the gym, you check that off.

As you can see by the steps above, each step gets you closer to the end goal.  As you complete each step, you need check them off to give yourself a visual account of what has been completed.  The more detail you provide in each step combined with writing your goals and steps down, your chances of achieving them increase tremendously.

If done properly following the methods I have provided above, a goal should take you anywhere from 5 to 10 hours to write out completely.  Just remember, the more detail you provide in the steps to get there the more likely you will reach it.

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