Like most people, I used to constantly set unrealistic goals for myself on a regular basis which usually ended in failure.
I failed because I was never satisfied with just one single (main) goal. I had to have several.
Motivation and willpower were great for the first few days/weeks but inevitably fizzled out fairly soon.
Over the last year and a half I have hit more goals than ever before with some great benefits.
Picking one main goal and then developing the habits that support that goal is the method that has worked for me.
While I am working on one main goal/habit, I usually start to develop smaller habits automatically:
· When clearing my debt I stopped eating out so much
· When giving up sugar (4 months sugar free now) I started flossing
You get the idea (Insert First name here).
This morning I have started developing my first main habit of 2014- getting up at 5am every morning (well, we’ll see about Sundays J)
I’ve done this a few times over the last year and feel amazing for the whole day every time I do. Starting my day at this time allows me to:
· write blogs
· design client programs
· plan my day in advance
· Work on important aspects of my business
When planning your goals, use the S.M.A.R.T. method:
· Specific- eg. Get up at 5 am every morning
· Measurable- can I measure whether or not I get up at 5 am each day? Yes
· Attainable– is this an attainable goal? Definitely yes
· Realistic- is this goal realistic. Again, definitely yes
· Time bound- Do I have a deadline to achieve this goal/Develop this habit- February 1st
Start to develop the habits that make you perform better on the field, at work, in the gym, etc. one at a time and this time next year you will be performing at a level that is far beyond where you currentl are.
To help you with this, I have attached a simple but great tool that we use with our clients to develop powerful habits. Pick a habit that will help you get to your main goal and once developed, pick another one and so on.
· Drink more water
· Get a sports massage every month
· Stretch out for 5 minutes every night
· Take a recovery drink after every gym session
· Remove sugar from your diet
· Eat 6-8 servings of vegetables every day
Print a few of them out and place them at home, work or anywhere else that you will see them consistently.
Have a great 2014
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