“A failure to plan, is a plan to fail”. Sure, you’ve heard it all before – setting goals will help you achieve and blah blah blah. But what does this really mean? Sure, you’ve made a plan to get healthy, sure you decided you want to lose weight/tone up/gain muscle size/clear up your skin/decrease your stress… you may have even joined a gym or signed up for boot camp. Perhaps you have ordered a meal plan or downloaded a meditation app – but how will you really reach those goals?
Planning and rewarding is a wonderful strategy that really works, so long as you spend the time on it. Spend a couple of hours by yourself, reflecting and recording on what you actually want to achieve for yourself. Get specific! “Losing weight” isn’t enough – how much weight, how many centimetres. How will you do it? What measurable will you use to assess your success?
A critical part of goal setting is setting mini-goals and rewards. Smaller steps to success equal big picture success! Choose some rewards for yourself – a new dress, some new runners, a weekend away, a manicure... whatever you will enjoy. You might even prefer a friendly competition with a friend or even a wager. Once you hit the goal – enjoy your reward!!! It makes achieving that next goal and enjoying that next reward all the sweeter. You can do it!