By – JamylahYusuf
In less than ten days, we will be officially out the first month of 2018.
I hope you are smashing or at least in the process of smashing those goals you set for 2018. There is always time until there is no time; says a good friend of mine. So whatever it is you planned to do this year. Get at it already. Stop making excuses. Procrastination hasn’t benefitted anyone till date. Stop being its slave.
Here are some useful tips on goal smashing i stumbled across on WOMEN OF TREIGN BLOG and i thought to share.
. 1. GOALS NEED TO HAVE PURPOSE
If youve set a goal to lose 10 kgs every January for the last
five Januarys chances are, this isnt the right goal for you.
We humans LOVE to measure, and tangibly track our progress
which is necessary at times but what keeps us hanging on
to our goals isnt an empty number on the scale, its the feeling
that we are doing something bigger than ourselves. That we
are taking our lives into our own hands and creating something
different how powerful and motivating is THAT?! So the first
step to smashing your goals is making sure you set one that
has some purpose and meaning behind it! Try and base these
goals around feelings instead of kgs, numbers or dates.
Instead of I want to lose 10kgs by December Try I want
to FEEL more confident in my body this year! This takes the
pressure off hitting a specific number by a specific date and
opens the door to a much healthier relationship with your body
& the way you approach weight loss. #winning
- BE THE TORTOISE, NOT THE HARE
We all know the classic story of The Tortoise and The Hare
and how slow and steady will win the race. Use this little gem
of wisdom in your approach to goal smashing this year. We
often forget that the bad habits we want to change or break
often manifested for YEARS and developed in our life over a
long period of time. They are not going to go away in a day.
This is especially true for the gym. We often neglect our bodies
for very long periods of time and then expect miraculous
turnarounds in 6 weeks or less. Play the long game with your
goals this year, keep in mind that REAL change takes time and
that ultimately what makes it so much more rewarding in the
end is the journey you took to get there!
- SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
I have never been too good at following strict rules. Someone
tells me not to touch the hot plate so what do I want to do
well, yeah! Touch the bloody plate!! As a general rule, I have
found that diets or goals which cut out things entirely are
never the answer. Sure, maybe we go through periods where
we avoid coffee or alcohol, but telling yourself that youre never
allowed ice cream, or brownies or cookies ever again is just
setting yourself up for failure. Failure feels bad. Failure makes
us want to throw our stupid goals out the window and eat the
entire cookie aisle at Woolies. Dont set yourself up for failure. I
have found that setting limitations as opposed to restrictions
is so much more effective when it comes to managing change.
If you know you enjoy ice cream and ice cream makes you
happy, then you should have some ice cream in your life! Just
limit the number of times you have it per week. If you normally
have it every night, start by cutting it down to 5 times per week,
and then 4, and then 3 and then maybe just weekends or 1
night a week. The great thing about limiting as opposed to
restricting is you dont feel like youre depriving yourself of the
foods that make you happiest youve just consciously chose
to make healthier choices for your body on a more regular
basis GO YOU!
- HAVE A PLAN
When youre making a life change, whether its fitness, diet or
behaviour related, the first month or so will feel impossible
like youre getting no where and you will want to quit a million
times this is just the nature of change. So when your setting
a goal for yourself, also think about setting a plan in place for
when sh*t gets real and you want to back out on it. This is why
having PURPOSE behind your goal (and not just a number) can
be so powerful. As youre setting a goal, I want you to write
down, in 3-5 points, what it would mean to you to achieve this
goal. How would it change your life? How would it make you
feel? So that every time you feel like calling it quits, you can
pull out your notes and remind yourself why you started, and
why youre going to see this through.
- FIND A COMMUNITY
Just about all of the books I have read about managing and
growing a business have spoken about having a strong support
system and leveraging the strengths of the team against your
weaknesses. This applies to any form of goal setting or period
of personal growth. You need to surround yourself with a team
of people who are on your level. People who also want to
make positive change. People who also want to grow and get
better. Whether that be at fitness, nutrition or the violin, find
these people and stick yourself to them like glue. They are
your support team. They are the ones who will hold out their
hands and carry you through the hard days, and vice versa. So
find a community. One that you resonate with, one that you
enjoy being a part of, and one that you can count on. Team
work makes the dream work.
Lastly, we are so quick to criticise and put ourselves down for
small slip-ups, mistakes or set-backs. Remember first and
foremost that you are a human, we humans arent perfect, and
change can be bloody hard. Then give yourself an encouraging
slap on the bum and go on and do the damn thing! Celebrate
ALL your victories, no matter how small and never be afraid
to talk some positivity into your journey .