It's the middle of January and I am freezing my butt off and the last thing I want to do is leave my cosy bed to go and train (or even go downstairs to my office and work for that matter... its just too darn cold). But guess what, I get up anyway... why you may ask.. because I have goals I want to achieve and you don't get anywhere in life by sitting on your butt (except maybe on an plane going to a nice hot country... which I could do with right about now). You have to GET UP and WORK for what YOU want!!
At the beginning of January I set myself a few goals for 2016 which I will share will you later on in the post, but I also set myself monthly and weekly goals. Smaller goals that will help me to achieve my 2016 yearly goals.
Setting goals can be a daunting task but if you want to be successful and to achieve things in your life you have to have goals, whether they be big or small.
In order to set goals you should follow SMART goal setting (any business student will know what I'm talking about here...), you also need to write them down with a pen and paper (very old school I know but trust me on this, they become more real if you physically write them rather than type them).
Specific - Don't say I'm going to get fit, say I'm going to go to the gym 3 times a week. Getting fit is such a broad term, so make the goal more specific. Ask yourself the who, what, why, where, when, which questions!
Measurable - Is your goal measurable?? Again using the "Get fit" goal.. how are you going to measure whether you have achieved this goal... is it by lifting a certain weight in gym, running a 5k, or simply just being able to go for a long walk with your family without feeling exhausted and out of breath.
Attainable - Is this goal attainable? Do you believe its possible to achieve this goal? If not, then why is it your goal? Only have goals you truly believe you can attain, they may seem a bit far fetched but if you want it bad enough you can achieve it!!
Realistic - Be honest with yourself, if you are a busy mum with small kids you probably won't have time to go to the gym for 2 hours everyday, so set a realistic goal of 1 hour 3 times a week, much more realistic isn't it and it doesn't seem as daunting to begin with. Set yourself goals that you know you can achieve and fit into your lifestyle.
Timely - A goal should have an end date - using the "get fit" example, when do you want achieve this goal by, set a date and stick to it, saying "someday" means you can too easily put it off. Sign yourself up for that 5k race, tough mudder, or powerlifting competition NOW so that you have something and a date to work towards achieving your goal by.
My 2016 Goals
I began 2016 by saying to myself my main goal for the year is to overcome my anxiety. This is a huge one for me, as over the past year it has progressively gotten worse, and I have had a couple of panic attacks that have really scared me, so I really wanted to focus on taking control of it this year.
I set myself smaller goals in order to help me achieve this main goal, the first goal was to meditate for 10 minutes everyday and so far I've stuck to that and have even invested in a year's subscription to a guided meditation app called Headspace. I am truly committed so made the plunge and paid for the entire year instead of the monthly subscription. Another small goal I set myself to achieve this goal was to drink at least 2 litres of water per day, which again I have done every single day so far (it's the 11th January today.. so doing well!).
Adding a small goal that will help you to achieve your larger main goal each week is a great way to ensure you are consistently working on your goals, and it breaks the goal up into smaller manageable chunks making it seem much less daunting and much more achievable.
A few of my other goals for 2016 include:
1. Make at least 1 YouTube video per week!!! (saying this here so I'm accountable!!)
2. Read/listen to at least 1 educational/development book per month. (I've just finished listening to "You are a Badass" by Jen Sincero on Audible and it was very good, would highly recommend it).
3. Be Happy!!! - I want to be more in the moment, instead of constantly worrying about the future, I want to be present and happy in life right now, this very second.
4. Deadlift 120kg (currently 100kg)
5. Squat 100kg (currently 80kg)
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