Goal setting tips for the anti-goal setter.

And just like that it's almost the end of the year. WTF! I know we're all ready for 2020 to be over but tbh I'm not looking forward to the pressure of the new year, especially when it comes to goal setting. If this year you're saying "f*ck that", then I have some tips for you.

  1. Take a breath and give yourself a damn break. Remind your brain that you're living in a completely different world than you were one year ago and it's normal to have had some personal setbacks. 

  2. Focus your attention on what you have. Make a list of what you're grateful for in your life right now and leave it in a place where you'll see it daily.

  3. Identify one to three larger lifestyle changes/goals you'd like to make but don't focus too hard on these. Rather....

  4. Commit to small positive changes over the next few months that are related to your larger goals. I always encourage my clients to celebrate the small wins. It's about making those tiny but impactful changes to your habits that will eventually get you to that big goal. Here's an example: You want to start an early morning workout routine but you're currently more of a night owl. Don't set a 5 AM alarm expecting that habit to stick. You're 99% likely to hit the snooze button. Instead, start small. Set an alarm to remind yourself to go to sleep 30 minutes earlier than you usually do and another one that will wake you up 30 minutes earlier. Use that extra morning time to do three sets of 10 of anything (push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, whatever you like). Or maybe go on a quick walk or a short run. Commit to doing this for a few weeks and see how you feel. Are you enjoying the extra sleep and extra movement time? Do you feel you could do another 30 minutes? If so, then keep it up! Eventually you'll be that early riser that's getting after it and getting it done.

Pro tip, you can apply #4 to almost anything. Want to eat more veggies? Commit to one meal, once per week that's *almost* entirely veggie. Want to get outside more during the work day? Set a reminder a few times per week to leave your desk and get outside and move. Pretty soon these small changes will have you on your way to accomplishing your bigger goals, I promise. And if you find yourself missing a few days of your new habit, always refer to #1 :)

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