Goal Setting – made easy 5

A lot of people struggle to set and achieve goals, but I believe there is a formula to goal success and once you follow it, failure becomes a thing of the past.

Whatever your goals are; weight-loss or fitness related, business related, or connected to other aspects of your life, my ‘Step Up’ formula remains the same.

First and foremost, you must identify your goal! You need to be specific here. “I want to be healthy” or “I want to lose weight” just isn’t going to cut it. Goals need to be measurable, such as “I want to lose 15kgs”. Then grab a pen and paper or jump on your computer and write it down. Less than 3% of people actually have their goals written down, so just by doing this you position yourself within the top 3% of the population.

Secondly, our goals need a time line – once again be specific and be realistic. Specific timings such as – by summer or by my 40th birthday, set a time frame and the vision of  making your goal a reality.

pencilWith an end date fixed, it’s important to set some checkpoints or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will help you stay on track along the way. If your goal is to lose weight, work out how much you need to lose each week to reach your goal weight within your time frame.

Now it’s time for the plan. How are you going to achieve this goal? What approach are you going to take? Here I encourage people to look at the bigger picture and assess what changes or what do you have to do differently too ensure  you achieve your goal? Health goals for example, usually involve diet and or exercise – but when you look at the bigger picture there is far more to it. So begin by working out what you are good at already – you may be experienced with the gym or with nutrition – then seek advice on the areas you’re unsure about. Just as your accountant helps you with your tax return, a health coach, nutritionist or trainer can help you with your health and wellness plans.

Now Step Up and start the journey! Planning won’t achieve anything unless you take the first step. Track and record your progress along the way; and take time to review it. If you find something is not working the way it should be – change it. You have your targets and checkpoints to keep you on track, but be flexible – things can sometimes happen that are out of your control – however never lose sight of goal goal.

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Reward yourself when you hit your KPIs and checkpoints, and when you finally achieve your end goal do something really special for yourself.

But don’t be content to stop there, always strive to improve. Now you’ve had a taste of success, set your next goal, follow the process again, and help others achieve their goals where you can.