Hey everyone! Happy, Happy Monday!
YOU MUST WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW! But first, a little background.
As some of you know, I have decided to take my health and fitness seriously as I move solidly into middle-age. I was talking with my friend and business partner, Nicole Sanders (of Ladimax Sports and Fitness) about goals and goal setting which was spurred by a conversation I’d had with someone earlier. We were talking about an eating and exercise plan that would help get them to their goal, which is kind of far off. I mentioned that the trick was to get some progress underneath his belt before talking about a cheat meal.
He bristled because he has so far to go and basically stopped listening.
The point I was trying to make was that ANY big goal, career, weight loss, muscle growth whatever it is, can be tackled much easier if it is broken down into smaller increments.
So if you have 100 pounds to lose, you don’t say, “Oh 100 pounds.. so far to go!” You take that 100 pounds and say, “This month I will lose 5. Next month I will lose another 5.” and so on. You take one big, hairy, unwieldy thing and break it down into smaller, more manageable parts.
I am starting a new fitness plan today because I have a new goal. It is at least six months away but I have already outlined specific targets I want to meet each month. I do it that way for a couple of reasons; as I said the goal is more manageable and (and most important to me) I can gauge progress. I will revel in that then reset my incremental goal and build on that.
This is not going to happen overnight and I think that’s what a lot of people get hung up on. They didn’t gain weight overnight so they can’t be expected to lose it quickly either, at least the type that is real and lasting.
Same thing goes for career. Good Enough Mother turns 10 years old in a just few months. While I have accomplished a lot, I still have a long way to go. Sometimes I think, “Shouldn’t this have happened by now?” And when I do, I remember to look at the incremental goals I have set for GEM.
The thing to remember is no dream or goal is too big if you map out a way to get there. Each day move ONE STEP in that direction; tomorrow you take another. The next week you build on what you have accomplished the week before. Nothing happens overnight; not muscle growth, not mobility, not rebuilding a life and career.
The following video is a great example of this.. so I want to leave you with it. Arthur’s story will inspire you and please note: he did not lose all his weight overnight. It took an entire year.. But man.. look at him now.
How do you plan to reach your goals? Do you outline incremental steps to get there?