One thing this whole COVID-19 pandemic has brought to my attention this year is learning precisely what I am in complete control of and what I am not. This time has been especially revealing as I like to think I'm always in control of my personal goals.
I mean, haven't you noticed how some goals make you feel like you're at the mercy of outside forces (like the bathroom scale, how your clothes fit, or maybe a world stopping virus) –– while other goals put you squarely in the driver's seat?
Like most people, I like to be in charge and command of my goals — timing when, where, and ultimately whether or not I achieve them.
My strategy for success on this subject goes like this:
Your desired outcome, your result, can't be CONTROLLED directly. The literal truth is that you can't control "losing 20 pounds"... even if you wanted to.
However, you CAN still control whether or not you take the actionable steps needed to make it happen - like adjusting your nutrition and changing your workouts (among other things).
ACTION-based goals are measurable. They have clearly defined parameters that you can readily check off your to-do list. As you either do them or you don't.
In addition to being great for building self-confidence and momentum, they also can provide you with hyper-clear benchmarks for success! That is, of course, if you DO what you set out to do. If so, you win.
As an adjunct, action-based goals can also help you reach any aesthetic ambitions that you might have in mind for yourself. (Like losing those 20 pounds I mentioned earlier!)
To relay and example for the desired outcome of "weight loss," a set of ACTION-based goals might look like this:
Eating balanced, healthy, portion-controlled meals for 80% of your daily meals.
Getting in 3 to 5 hours of quality, resistance training workouts a week.
Sleeping 7-8 hours a night
Drinking 8-10 cups (64 to 80 ounces) of water per day
If you want to make it fun, motivate yourself with rewards for achieving a certain number of milestones along the way. Getting new workout gear, new clothes, a therapeutic massage, taking a day trip, and even getting a modern activity tracker or new fitness gizmo are great rewards to give yourself!
This process has been researched and proven to work – and it builds self-confidence – because you have control over your ACTIONS and can see (and feel) a direct result from what you do immediately.
The more you take intentional action, the closer you get to your desired outcome, and the better you feel … that's a win-win in my book!
Take a minute to think about one of the goals you have set for yourself. Can you turn that "dream" of yours into a solid action-based plan to help you get there?
Then what are you waiting for? Write it down and get it scheduled into your calendar! :-)
And if you think you need some help and accountability to get you set on the right path- email me now and let me know. Or, take it ONE action-step further by booking a free Strategy Session with me here!