If there is any advice for me to give you, this is one of the most important. We all go through life setting goals and working hard to achieve them. The problem with many of the goals we set is the fact that we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the size of the goal. For example – if you want to lose 20 pounds this year, you may feel motivated when you start working towards your goal. However, as you progress, you may see that the number on the scale isn’t dropping, leading you to feel unmotivated and feeling like you’re never going to reach your ultimate goal. Let me tell you this – this is the wrong approach to take when setting fitness and health related goals, or any goal for that matter.
If we look at the ultimate goal and feel that we’re not making enough progress, we tend to lose motivation because we feel that the journey is too long and we’re never going to get there. This is truly an issue because if you are someone who has set a great goal, you stop working towards it without ever realizing your full potential. The solution is this – it is as simple as breaking up your goals into smaller, easier-to-reach chunks.
If your goal is to lose 20 pounds in a year, start by setting a smaller goal. Set your goal to 2-4 pounds your first month. As you progress, focus on that immediate goal and only that goal, that month. When you find yourself making progress towards your smaller goal, you’re going to feel a MUCH greater sense of progress. If in the first month you lose 2 pounds, you hit your goal! BUT, if you would’ve stuck to your big goal, you may have seen it as “I’ve only lost 2 of the 20 pounds I want to lose. I’m never going to get there.” See the difference?
“Setting short-term milestones and building on them helps keep you focused on your progress, not how far you still have to go.” Lisa Cimperman, RD, LD (Daily Burn)
So, when you hit this first goal, make sure you do the following:
You have reached your goal and you should feel damn proud of the progress you’ve made so far. Whether celebrating means having a glass of wine, some ice cream, buying yourself a new outfit, or one of these, do it! Celebrate your small successes, because you absolutely deserve it. And when you’re done celebrating, set your next small goal.
Staying motivated isn’t an easy thing to do, but when you give yourself the power to break your big goals up into smaller goals, you are making the best decision you can possibly make. You reach your immediate goals quickly and you are able to maintain your motivation because you are able to see the progress you are making in your journey. Don’t be afraid of setting small goals – they are the ones that will give you the motivation and drive to help you to reach your largest goals.
Set. Achieve. Celebrate. Repeat.
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