Ahhh Yes. January. The first month of the year. When many people come out and claim “NEW YEAR. NEW ME!!” It really is a fantastic thought that at the beginning of the new year we can just wipe the slate clean and start all over. As if the habits of years past are not still there and we will just magically wake up on January 1st a totally new person. It is simply a fairy tale. The hard truth is that it is just not that simple. There needs to be a plan. A process. A way to execute.
For a lot of popular New Year’s Resolutions might sound like this: “I want to lose X amount of weight.” “I want to go to the gym every day.” “ Be happier – i don’t wanna be so negative.”
Now don’t get me wrong, these are all great goals and I am not trying to knock them but more often than not they set the person up for failure.
Setting goals without a plan is like putting chicken in a crockpot and forgetting to turn it on. The thought is there but without action there is no result.
Start thinking about the outcome of the goal.
Outcomes are where you start to gain clarity around what actions you’ll need to take to achieve your goal. You know that you have to do a certain amount of work consistently to get there but the idea of that work is not “sexy.” So we focus on the goal!
The human brain is actually designed to give you positive feedback when you even think about achieving a goal. This is why a lot of people stop there.
To see the outcome, the goal now has to be specific, attainable, measurable, and relevant in time.
So how do we go deeper in thinking about your goal? Attaching emotion to desired outcomes allows you to feel a certain way. Focus on the outcome about how you will feel when you achieve this goal. Envision yourself succeeding; how good does it feel? You want to reach for that feeling of accomplishment and pride.
If you you will do in that situation. You need to train your mind to be flexible and not give up on the plan when unexpected obstacles arise.
You may not be able to foresee every possible obstacle, but planning for some will help you be more adaptable when they do arise.
Now your plan becomes more clear. You know what you want, why you want it, and what may get in your way. The plan is a result of all the work you’ve already put in, thinking about your goals – it’s your blueprint.
Lastly. Execute. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t execute your plan. You may need to break a larger goal down into smaller, more achievable tasks. And that’s fine. But you have to execute.
After all, you are the sum of your actions.can’t feel an emotion or reaction then it is probably not a goal…
But, it may be deceptively simple to think about your outcome and your plan. You need to take obstacles into account. Your days won’t always go as planned. You may need to work late, or maybe it’s snowing, maybe you have young kids who keep you up at night. You need to plan for these potential problems.
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