Goal setting and accountability is SO important, especially on your health and fitness journey, but it can be very difficult to master.
It’s so easy to simply say what we want to achieve, but actually putting those words into action to reach that goal is another story – and while I still struggle with this from time to time, I’ve learnt how focusing on one goal at a time not only helps me stay on target and keeps me motivated, it actually helps me achieve more goals in the long run.
Set one goal at a time
One of the biggest things I have learnt about achieving goals is to set ONE goal at a time.
This can be tricky, because sometimes we feel like we have all these things we want to achieve, such as getting fitter, saving more money, and eating better, and we want to achieve them all NOW.
But, trying to change our entire life at once is often a recipe for failure.
How do you select that one goal?
Set yourself 30 minutes to write down ALL the goals you wish to achieve, big and small.
Look at your list and focus on the goals that would make you feel happiest right now and select your top 10.
Again, using that same focus, select your top 3, then your number 1. You might be surprised which goal you end up with!
Ok, I’ve got my goal – what next?
Now, make that number one goal your priority, and every day ask yourself, “What am I going to do today to get one step closer to that goal?” Then, go out and take that step.
The act of repeating this each day will activate your RAS (Reticular Activating System), the process in your brain that actually helps and supports you in achieving the things you set out to do.
Once your psychological state is switched on to achieve that goal, you’ll feel that fire and motivation to physically take action and kick that goal down!
Set yourself up for success
By having one goal, you give yourself a more realistic opportunity to achieve it – and when you achieve a goal, the accomplishment you feel afterwards will motivate you to achieve the next goal, and the next, and the next.
Be consistent, be patient, and most of all remember that achieving your goals may take time, but they are so worth it.