When you think of accomplishing something, what comes to your mind first?
Promotion at work?
Graduating high school?
Losing 20 pounds?
I’d say 9 times out of 10, the first accomplishment that came to your mind is probably a generic one that many people have set out to achieve before.
Are these really the goals we should be focusing on though?
My answer? In the short run… no.
Now many of you are probably sitting at your computers confused. Probably thinking this girl is crazy… she’s pretty much telling me to drop out of school and stop trying at work.
(Don’t do this by the way 🙂 )
What I am saying is that you need to break down your large goal into smaller short-term goals.
Now what is a short term goal? In short (haha) it’s a very small achievement… such as maybe spending 30 extra minutes on school work a week or drinking less soda… that can be achieved in a very short amount of time (maybe about a few days to a week). These little goals won’t show any huge progress necessarily, but they are the fundamental building blocks for achieving the ultimate goal.
The next step up from the building blocks are intermediate goals. These are pretty much the main base that your goal needs to fully be achieved. These goals are going to be tougher to achieve, but will break down the main goal into sections so it doesn’t seem as impossible to reach. Depending on how long your goal is set for will decide how long these will last. (Can even last a month or so).
The final step is actually setting a long term goal. The key to making this is to set it at a reasonable times length away (you don’t want to be making a goal to lose those 20 pounds in 2 weeks… that’s just not healthy). But at the same time you want to challenge yourself.
Okay so in case if i’ve confused anyone here. I’m going to give you a recent example of this in my own life.
As you may (or may not) know, I have been following Cassey Ho’s workout calendar on blogilates.com. What she does is she sets a workout plan for everyday of the month. Each month she makes a new one.
Okay, let’s start with my short term goal on this one. I wanted to be able to accomplish the set workouts one day at a time. This made it so each day rather than looking at my whole one year goal, I was just looking at a 1-2 hour time frame I had to push through. This made the months absolutely fly by. All of the sudden the end of the month would come, and I’d look back really proud of myself that I managed to do so much.
My intermediate goal was to get through a month at a time. As I just stated, this goal for me is a one year goal. Since, they’re monthly calendars, my intermediate goals are a month long each. Now as I said before, this goal was a little more intimidating. I’ll admit that sometimes looking through what I would have to do, I’d be doubtful in my ability to finish. This actually motivated me even more because hey who doesn’t love a good challenge. It’s important to have these goals as almost a benchmark so you can feel pretty accomplished more often rather than just once at the end.
The last is my long term goal… to go a whole year following these calendars. I honestly cannot wait to be able to make it that far. After seeing how far I’ve already come in these past 2 months (yes only two!), I can’t image where I’ll be in another 10! This is where setting all three of these goals becomes really important. I feel so accomplished already from all my “mini” accomplishments that I am 100x more excited to push through than I was at the beginning. The goal now feels realistic rather than just a dream.
I am telling you this because I know there are many people out there who struggle with setting and maintaing goals. Since my blog is about healthy eating and healthy living, I’m assuming a lot of you have a goal to live a healthier lifestyle. Start out with a super small goal of having a better breakfast or adding in more superfoods. it’s the little things like this that will put you into the right frame of mind to accomplish what you never thought was achievable.
Question: What goals or dreams do you have?