There are only three things ( I think) you need to do to reach your 2014 goals. This Triple Threat works for most any thing; fitness, diet, work, relationships, etc.
Planning, Preparation and Persistence
Businesses cannot grow without a business plan. Coaches can’t coach, teachers can’t teach, and your kids’ 12th birthday party will be a total disaster if you don’t have some kind of party plan in place.
It just makes sense that you need a plan to reach your goals.
This probably will take a bit of time but find a quiet place to think. Grab a notepad and a pen and go hide away. On the paper, write your goal. Next, write the steps that you will need to do to reach that goal. Be specific, and if possible include a time frame. For example, mine would look like this:
GOAL: Run Malibu Marathon on 11/16/14
- Register for race
- Recruit race or training partners
- Book hotel
- Feb 1 – start implementing longer runs and speed work
- By May 31 – set up 16 week training calendar, block out vacation days, plan long runs with final long run to be on 10/25 or 11/2, schedule weekly track workouts
- June 15 – start training
- Nov 14 – travel to Malibu
- Nov 16 – run race
There will probably be additional planning that I’ll need to do as I go along so I’ll add to this as I see fit. Feel free to leave some space on your page so you can do the same.
Now that you have your goal in place and some planning has been done, your next step is to prepare yourself or your surroundings so you can reach your goal. If your goal was to eat more fruits and vegetables or you are trying to save money by eating at home more often you will need to prepare your kitchen to accomplish that.
Having healthy food in your house, containers to store cut veggies or fruit or to store make-ahead lunches or to pack leftovers for work would be a great way to prepare and support your intention for healthier eating. Preparing a shopping list so you know exactly what you need to buy will help support your goal and also save you money and calories in the process. (I’m not just making this up – studies have been done).
If you are trying to find a new job it’s time to prepare a new resume or brush up on some interview skills or do some outreach on social media.
One thing to remember. Preparation is something you must continually do to achieve your goals. You can’t just cut up one pineapple and call it a day. The pineapple gets eaten, there’s nothing readily accessible to snack on and soon, you’re elbow deep in a bag of Fritos.
Let’s go back to the Fritos. So there you are, crumbs on your face and on the front of your shirt and your elbow deep in the bag. Bummer – your good intentions shot to hell. Well, not quite.
Persistence is the ability to brush off the crumbs, wipe your hands, brush your teeth and get to stepping. Half a bag of Fritos isn’t great but it’s just a misstep on your journey. And trust me. You’ll have a lot of missteps along the way. The key. The key. The KEY is to acknowledge it as just that, a misstep. You haven’t failed. You don’t have a lack of willpower.
Being persistent and focused on your goal means that if you have some flubs, or slabs of cake, or you go crazy at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and blow your family’s clothing budget on some killer boots, it’s not a deal-breaker. Just let it go and adjust your plan to allow for some fun or a splurge every now and then. 🙂
But don’t quit. Don’t throw in the towel or give up because it’s too hard.
Because if you want something it takes work.
Now go run!