Short Term Goals are Important
I find myself in an interesting situation.
I want to talk about the importance of short term goals but I haven’t been consistent or successfully hitting my own short term goals concerning this very blog.
When I started this blog I wanted to post often, once a week, or more.
I didn’t have proper goals written down.
I started with the intention to create a new blog post each week but I never wrote down exactly what I wanted to write about or exactly what I wanted to accomplish through these blogs, or how.
Well, here it goes. This is want I want with these blogs:
I want my blogs to be informative but also relatable and personable.
I want them to be realistic but also maybe a little kick in the ass for some people to get the fire started under them.
I want to help people. I feel best when I’m helping, when I know I can make a difference even if it’s just sharing a few tidbits of information.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I strive to instil confidence in people through knowledge and positivity. The greatest “positive side-effect” I’ve witnessed from becoming more physically active and becoming stronger is confidence. Confidence in your own knowledge of how to be a healthier you, mentally and physically.
OK, on to short term goals!
Short term goals give you something to work for, something in the near future that you’ll be able to check off a list and feel accomplished when you’ve completed it.
It’s important to make sure your goals are realistic. Why? Because momentum fuels momentum. If you have a number of short term goals that you can realistically hit you’ll not only feel accomplished and confident in your ability but you’ll strive for more.
Momentum fuels momentum.
Having realistic short term goals (with a few easy ones) is an opportunity to experience an initial jolt of momentum to push you and get you started in the right direction towards accomplishing your long term goals. (kind of like the first drop of Newtons Cradle) Hashtag Physics.
An outcome goal is what you want to achieve in the end (lose 10lbs, lose 25lbs, gain 10 lbs, read a new book, etc, etc) but process goals are the things you actually have to do in order to get to that point.
If your goal is to read a book, you may decide ok, I’m going to read this book each night for a half hour before bed. Without this secondary (process) goal, chances are you’ll find that book a few weeks later collecting dust thinking, oh yeah I was gonna read that.
If your goal is to lose 25 pounds, you’re going to have to map out some process goals to guide you on the right path. Wether that be resistance training 4 times a week, taking the stairs every day, and/or committing to breakfast every morning and having vegetables with at least 5 of your dinner meals this week.
When you set a goal, your brain knows what to look for. Consistently achieve these process goals and you’ll create habits. Once a habit is created your brain will do it automatically.
The Bottom Line
When it comes down to it, you have to make a promise to yourself that you will follow through. You have to recognize that if you don’t commit you won’t progress like you want to. Take responsibility for both your actions and your inactions. Hold yourself accountable.
“What’s simple to do is also simple not to do.” – Jim Rohn
One simple way to assure you’re reminded each day of your new process goal is to take advantage of the technology in your pocket. Set a daily timer to remind yourself to get this thing done.
One more quote for you. “Choices are the root of every one of your results. Each choice starts a behaviour that over time becomes a habit.” *From the book Compound Effect.
Make consistent smart choices, create healthy habits. *From me.
If you missed my last blog I also touched on will power and it’s connection with creating habits along with 2 other “fat loss exercises.” Check it out here.