As I move into my second week of working on goal setting and creating healthy habits, I wanted to go over the specifics of how to make sure you’re staying on track with them…especially when it comes to your health & wellness goals. I feel very fortunate to have the tools I need to make sure I’m doing them right, so let’s take a look at how to make that happen in a few simple steps.
1. Identify what’s your goal (or goals) that you know you want to make happen, but you need a push to start/keep going.
It’s one thing to know what you want to achieve and do it naturally, but it’s another thing if you have something holding you back (whether a mental block or scheduling conflict) and it just seems impossible to do. Or, maybe it’s something you’ve never done before, so you just have absolutely no idea where to start. These are all ok. I’m here to tell you that you can still make it happen. So, pick that goal that you need the help with (vs. the one you could do in your sleep - that’s not where the focus should be!) and let’s get this thing started!
Also, to make things easier, I’m providing an example of what I need to work on and how I’m using these tips to get there. This is so you have a better idea of what I’m targeting as my main health & wellness goal that I don’t think I can accomplish on my own and one that doesn’t exactly come natural to me.
My area of focus: Running my first marathon in January, 2016
MY GOALS: Run 3-5x/week and strength-train 2x/week and hire a running coach (check!).
2. Identify what influences the outcome of your goals.
This is a very important step and it’s what might have been sidetracking you before if this is not a new-to-you goal. A goal often does not stand alone; there are other factors that contribute to it. Whether it be: finding the time around work hours to get your workout in, having the finances to make it happen, or having someone to watch your kids so you can crush it! You need to make sure you know what’s influencing you (positive or negative) so you can keep on track with your goals.
For me with having a child and a husband who works, I need to set my running schedule so that a) it happens and b) I don’t back out (unless there’s a really good reason). That way the husband knows on X, Y, Z days when he gets home from work, I’m out the door, or whatever the case may be. Because as it currently stands, my biggest influencer on my running schedule is my daughter. She's my dependent and she's with me 95% of the time, so things definitely happen according to her! Now, if we can all convince my husband to buy me a treadmill, we’d be laughing and it might make planning a whole lot easier!
3. Identify the things you know RIGHT NOW.
This is as easy as it gets. You can write out a list for yourself that acts as self-dialogue and answer some of the questions or concerns you might have in your head. The quicker you get it out of your head, the more you eliminate the negative thoughts of I can’t do this! and get a better plan devised to get going.
So for me, as I gear up to run my very first marathon in January, here are the things I know right now:
- I’ve never run a marathon before so I have NO idea how to train for it <—this entered in the thought of: I think I’m finally ready for someone to help me, which lead me to thinking...
- I need to hire a running coach. Plain and simple. I know for a half I’m fine, but this is my first full and I don’t feel like “winging it” and ending up injured. I want someone who knows what they’re doing to help get me through this.
So with those few steps, I can now let my future running coach know (and hopefully it coincides with his coaching) that I plan to run 3-5x/week (and I left this as a bigger range for amount of runs so that he has more room to work with, and also, I know it’s something manageable for me whether he says run 3x this week or 5), and incorporating strength training 2x/week is something I know I need to do to prevent injury (plus, I want to be sensible).
So there you have it, a few quick and easy goal tips to help you either get back on track or get on the track for the very first time. Goal setting can be intimidating, but together we can make 'dem goals happen.
Now please help a sister out and in the comments leave one of your goals that relates to health & wellness that you’re working on this year. We can do it together - I told ya mine ;)