Last week we talked about creating goals. Here is some more things to consider when creating your goals:
- Name Your Goal: It should be descriptiive and specific and state a deadline in the title.
- Why is it important to you: The more you can justify why, the more skin you’ll have in the game to accomplish it.
- Why You Want it: How will it make you feel.
- How will it impact others and your relationships: Keep this in mind especially if how you are going to accomplish your goal is going to impact others. For instance, when trying to lose weight, your eating plan might effect how meals are prepared by others.
- Impact on your Finances: How much is it going to cost you to accomplish your goal. A goal of mine for this year will likely cost me about $25,000! I need to know how I am going to pay for that goal.
- Create Next Steps: You need to understand how you are going to get from where you are to where you want to me. Chances are you are not going straight there, or it wouldn’t really be a goal. So how are you going to obtain your goals? If you want to learn Spanish this year, you will have to study x number of times per week for x number of weeks in order to obtain even a basic command of the language.
- Schedule those next steps: Put those Spanish lessons on your calendar and stick to your schedule. Before long, you’ll know, you’ll be ready for that trip to Mexico!
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As we talk about creating new habits, it is important to point out that you can permit yourself to make course corrections as you go along. Focus on making weekly adaptations to your new habits that will allow you to be most successful. Many people are striving to create a new habit that will take many months or years to fully integrate into their being. Making weekly adaptations will allow you to best integrate these new habits into your life. You can't work on something a year at a time - its one day at a time. Just like eating the elephant - one bite at a time, you need to focus on what you can affect right now. By making weekly adaptations you can adapt what you're doing so that your method gets better over time. Review what you did, what the obstacles were and how best to overcome those obstacles. Then you can truly be successful.
As we approach the end of January, how are you doing with creating your new habits (remember, we don't care for resolutions)? Most people start to fail because they let themselves quit when things get hard. But what types of motivation have your given yourself, both positive and negative? Have you selected a reward to give yourself for being successful? Or what if you had to give up a favorite activity if you didn't stick with a new habit? Would you be more likely to commit to your new habit? Both of these methods have proven to be successful?
Be ALL IN and you'll make those new habits true habits.