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Setting Goals That Actually Succeed - After Resolutions Fizzle & Fail

Bryan Osuna

1) Make sure that all of your goals are truly meaningful to you.

When it comes to goal setting, we can use the road trip analogy. The destination is your specific specific goal, the road map is your plan of action, the vehicle is the purpose or meaning, and the fuel is the motivating emotion. The best goals are ones that clearly attend to our needs, wants, values or virtues

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2) Check that your commitments are very clear goals, not just vague ideas.

I hear it all the time... I want to be less healthier... I want to be less stressed... I want to spend more time with friends... All fantastic ideas, but they won't get you anywhere until they are more specific. For example, "I commit to 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths in my first 10 minutes out of bed for the next 10 days". Make your goals as S.M.A.R.T. as possible:

Specific. Meaningful / Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely

 

3) Try setting ridiculously easy micro goals to create momentum

For example, "3 push ups a day for the next 3 days". Often times, just getting a small win is what you need to create confidence and momentum before tackling bigger goals.

 

4) Consider goals that remove something from your life instead of adding

Most of us are overstretched and over committed already. Try setting a goal to do less of something or remove something from your life to create space.

 

5) Make sure you have a clear plan of action & the resources to support it

If you don't have a road map or a navigation device, it's going to be pretty hard to get to your destination. Establish the when, where's and how's in addition to considering what resources you need to succeed. For example, if you want to be able to do a pull-up, you better have regular access to a pull-up bar :-)

 

6) Create accountability & find community around your commitments!

External accountability is the key ingredient for many people, and, we are social creatures. We thrive through connection. Establishing community around our health and fitness goals not only increases our likelihood to succeed, but it enriches our lives more along the way


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