Maintaining Goal Progression.
A lot of people set goals. A lot of people have a dream that could become a goal if written down using smart goal criteria. It is great, all these goals floating about. But what happens to a goal say three months down the road?
The truth? Most people give up on their goals as they don’t have a way of measuring progress, so it feels like you are getting nowhere. So many people give up on goals just short of achieving them. Part of this is self-sabotage, feeling like they don’t deserve it or are not using anything to track progress.
Having a method to track progress let’s you re-evaluate your goal if you are falling behind. Maybe you set the goal time line to short due to not knowing some steps you would need to take. Life happens. Goal dates sometimes must be moved back due to a current life situation.
Goal completion dates are not set in stone for almost all goals. If you miss a goal date, you haven’t failed. You just need to revamp your goals.
The first step to maintaining progress on your goal happens back in the beginning when you set your goals. You must set SMART goals.
S – specific. Is your goal specific enough? For example, you set a goal to lose weight. This is not specific enough? How much weight. A better goal would be 20 lbs. You can then keep an eye on the progress and correct if you suddenly find yourself in ice cream binges.
M – measurable. So, using our last example, by when do you want to have lost 20 lbs.
A – achievable. Did you set your goals with unrealistic expectations? It is good to reach when setting goals. Let’s say you have asthma, you are unlikely to be able to become an astronaut due to the demands on the body. I say unlikely because for some, they can find workarounds if they want to goal bad enough. However, for most people this is not achievable.
R – relevant. This really goes hand and hand with achievable. The two work together. Maybe ten years down the road you have a major goal. However, you need to complete some big steps/goals between now and then. Keep the long-term goal in mind, but focus on the ones that are relevant in the last years,
T – Time measured. As I already stated earlier, goals are not usually set in stone when it comes to time. If a step on the way took you longer than expected, move your end date if appropriate. If you don’t set any time constraints motivation can fall off. Also already mentioned, you lose the ability to track progress.
Once you have set smart goals, write down a list of things you need to do to achieve that goal. These are short term/mini goals. They should also have achievement dates. This allows you to track how close you are to the overall goal. It is like a to do list for the major goal. Then set a time to measure your progress. A good example of this is on what date will you step onto the scale.
This is critical to maintaining a goal and not letting it go by the wayside. If you need help with goal setting and creating a plan to achieve it, just let me know. You can reach me at my website www.creategoodliving.com. I will be happy to go over your goals for free by email. I do have other clients so it may take 3-4 days to respond.
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