By Beck Beverage
This month, we’re talking about how to create motivation and set goals that are achievable. Check out part one here! Now, get out something to take notes with and let’s get rolling.
Define the result you want to create. Be Specific.
The first step is pretty straight forward. What do you want? Be very specific, the more measurable the better. Be realistic, but don’t sell yourself short. Here are a few examples:
- Eliminate all added sugar and fast food from my diet.
- Be able to play tag with my kids for 30 minutes straight.
- Run a mile in 10 minutes.
- Be active for 2 hours every day.
Find your compelling reason. Why are you doing this?
Why not eat doughnuts for breakfast and Taco Bell for dinner? Why not sleep in and skip your early morning workout? Why not binge watch Say Yes to the Dress?
Your compelling reason is that golden nugget that answers, “Why is this important to you?”
If you don’t have a good reason for doing something new or counter to the pattern you’ve lived in, it’s going to be really tough to stick to your guns when it matters.
So, take the result you just defined and write it at the top of the page. Then ask, “Why is that important to me?” Write down the answer. But wait, you haven’t found it yet. Each time you answer, ask yourself again, “Why is that important to me?” Do this four or five times. Finish by completing the following sentence: I am doing this to/because…… That’s your compelling reason. Write it on an index card and stick it on your bathroom mirror, set it as an alert in your phone to go off throughout the day, repeat it as a mantra when you really want to break your own rules.
Next week, we’ll talk about taking responsibility for your results, and about how to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Let me know if you have any questions or if you’re ready to get started with a new fitness routine! I’d love to be the one to support you! Call or email anytime to chat about your goals: 503-232-1353 or email@example.com