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I want to talk to you about goal-setting today.

 

A lot of people come up with New Year’s resolutions. What I love to do is to come up with goals, and then go out and achieve those goals! Wow, easy for me to say, right? But you can achieve your goals if you break them down into these concrete steps. 

 

1. Write them down! You must write down your goals, whether it’s in your journal, or on your smart phone, anywhere! There are actually a lot of studies that show that when you physically write your goals down on paper, you’re more likely to achieve them. But we are in a technical age where everything is on our phones or our tablets, so do what you can—writing them somewhere, somehow, is better than not doing it at all!

 

Also, make your written goals visible! Put them on your refrigerator, or your mirror, in your purse or wallet, on your phone lock screen—somewhere where you can go back and SEE them often. Keep them in front of you, to remind you!

 

2. Make them measurable! Don’t say, “Oh, I want to lose weight this year.” “I want to get in shape.” These goals are too vague. There’s no way to go back and say if you really did them or not. Be specific! Say, “I want to lose 20 pounds.” Or maybe it’s “I want to gain 20 pounds” for those of you looking to put on some muscle! 

 

Instead of saying “I want to eat healthier,” say “I’m going to eat leafy greens at every meal.” When you’re specific about your goals, you can look back and see if you actually did them or not.

 

3. Set a deadline! So, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, do you want to do that in one day? In 10 years? What? You want to give yourself a deadline so that you can put together an action plan to meet that deadline. For example, “I want to lose 20 pounds by June 1, so that I’m ready for the beach!” That is a measurable goal, it’s something that you can write down, and it has a deadline. 

 

4. Make your action plan! Okay, so you’re going to lose 20 pounds by June. How are you going to do it? Are you going to get a Beachbody program? Are you going to hire a personal trainer or a nutritionist? Whatever you need, you have to have some kind of action plan for how you’re going to do it. 

 

5. Remember your “why!” Lastly, and you’ve heard me say this before, and you’re going to hear me say it again and again and again: Why? Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why do you want to lose 20 pounds by June 1? Is it to have more energy? Is it to fit into a swimsuit that you haven’t been able to fit into? Maybe you’re going to a class reunion that summer? Again, attach a “why” to it, and you’ll be surprised at how that keeps you motivated!

 

So these are five ways you can meet your goals in 2016! As always, if you need help meeting those goals, I’m more than happy to help! Email me here: melissa@teammadeonline.com

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