Starting over is scary. Trying something new can be terrifying. Making big changes can seem monumental. This time of year many of us put forward an intention or resolution, but then what? What happens next?
I have found that I am most successful in moving toward my goals when I break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces and identify a rhythm to keep myself on track. Over time everyone will find the specific schedule that works best for them, but I recommend a three-part approach:
I) Start your week with a mini-goal setting session. Just as the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to think big, the beginning of a new week is a chance to look forward and be intentional about what we want to accomplish. You don't need to carve out hours, just take a few minutes to think through what specific steps you can take toward your larger goal in the next seven days. You probably won't compose the great American novel, become a gourmet chef, or sculpt a new physique in one week, but you can write three pages of your book, find one new recipe to try, or sign up for a yoga class. Whatever your mini-goal, put it on the calendar to ensure it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
II) Midweek Check-In: This can be done with the help of an accountability partner or by yourself, but consider what might be standing between you and your mini-goal. What do you need to move forward? Do you have the ingredients you need for your recipe, or do you need to schedule a shopping trip? Do you need to set out your workout clothes before you go to bed to eliminate one possible hurdle between yourself and that early morning class? Take care of the little details to set yourself up for success.
III) End of week analysis: Ask yourself whether you were successful. If you fell short, reflect on what you could have done differently and make a plan to regroup and do better next week. If you hit your target, give yourself a pat on the back and use the momentum to inspire you to keep moving forward.
Do you have a different approach that is working for you? We would love to hear about it! Leave a comment on our Facebook page or send me a note so I can share it in a future post. Happy planning - and achieving!
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