We just passed the mid-point of 2014. July 1st marked the day. Not too long ago some of us made some resolutions…New Year’s Resolutions. So, it occurred to me that maybe I should follow-up and see how you are all doing. If you are like most (present company included), then you might need to refocus on your goal(s). You may even need some motivation. Below are some brief notes that might help get you motivated if you are struggling:
Change is Difficult…Really Difficult.
I don’t say this to discourage you. I say this to actually encourage you. We often underestimate how difficult change is. When we fail we beat ourselves up over it. Change is a process that involves a few steps forward and sometimes a few steps backward. Keep your focus on the long-term goal and try not to get knocked off course by a temporary set-back. In other words, you may have lost a battle, but you can still win the war.
Is Your Goal SMART?
SMART stands for:
- Specific: Vague, undefined goals are hard to fulfill because it is much like nailing jello to a wall.
- Measurable: Unless your goal is measurable, how would you know if you are making progress or specifically how much progress?
- Achievable: Can you actually accomplish the goal? This means you are going to have to be honest with yourself. Better to be honest than to set yourself up for failure. I would like to be able to dunk a basketball, but unless they decide to lower the rim, this 5′ 6″ inch guy is giving up the dream.
- Relevant: Is the goal that you have chosen even worth achieving? If not, you’re most likely not going to have the stamina to stick to it when times get tough. Or, you’re going to waste a lot of time and energy working on a goal that is of little value.
- Time-Frame: Make sure you put a timeframe on your goal. New Year’s resolutions usually come with a 1-year expiration date. In this case, consider breaking your goal down into sub-parts and assign a time frame to each of those. Remember, tomorrow never comes, but December 31st is only 190 days away.
No More Waiting in Line
If going to the gym was a part of your resolution, then there is good news. There are no more lines at the lat machine or treadmills. If a busy gym deterred you from getting to the gym, you no longer have that excuse. If you don’t like the gym, the great outdoors offer no lines. So, hit the trails.
Review Your Plan
Making a significant change or accomplishing a goal takes planning and reassessing your plan. Most of the time our first plan needs some adjustments. Take for example a plan I had a few years ago. I was going to get in shape (not specific). My plan was to go to the gym and swim laps every morning at 5am (not achievable). Also, I am not a big morning person, nor do I like jumping in a cold pool at 5am. So, almost immediately I had to reassess my plan and make some major changes. I ended up biking a few nights a week after work or to/from work. Don’t bail on your goal because it was not perfect. Make the needed changes and you will ultimately end up with a good plan.
Good luck the next 170 days.