Monday, January 9, 2017

How To Achieve Steps, NOT Goals

In the New Year, the norm is to think of goals you want to achieve, and then work on them through the year, and then be super-duper proud of yourself that you did ABC. But then reality smacks you in the face and you do said goal for maybe a quarter of the way and then realize WHO CARES anymore, and you go on to your old ways doing DEF.

BUT ... what if you COULD actually achieve something this year without any goof ups or fallbacks? It's possible!! And I'm going to show you how...

In order to actually achieve a goal, you have to achieve steps.. You can't just get there, you have to learn how to get there. So for this example, I'm going to use the old "I'm going to lose weight" cliché goal.

Here is the formula:

1st STEP:  Decide your end point. (ex: Lose weight...period.)
2nd STEP: Make a list of things to do to get that goal achieved. (ex: eat more greens, drink more water, go for walks, smaller portions, get a gym membership, etc)
3rd STEP: Pick one. (WHAT??? Only one???) Yes...only one. (ex. drink more water)
4th STEP: Jot down what you do now, and a good amount you would like to get to; the key is, is to not shoot high, shoot average (ex. 16oz now, would like it to be 64oz)
5th STEP: Make an attainable measure for this step. (ex. 64oz of water drunken every other day)
6th STEP: Track it (ex. happy faces on a calendar every time 64oz is drunken)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, I do this kinda stuff at my work for 13 clients. The ones that actually take it serious are almost too successful and we have to come up with new steps to achieve or they exceed their number of days/times they need to complete the step.

Here are two more examples of setting steps based off the formula above:

1. Go to Hawaii (I wish!!!)
2. Look up prices, find hotel, save money, lose weight for bikini
3. look up prices
4. no prices written down - would like 6 different traveling packages to compare
5. each day will look up 2 traveling packages and get in-depth info
6. write down the details for the traveling packages on a spreadsheet to compare prices better

And once you complete that step...move on to another!! Such as saving the money.

3. save money
4. no money saved - according to package need $1000
5. will put aside 200 from each paycheck
6. tracking to be done by savings account ledger

Goals are easy to make, but it's all about how you get there, and if you can get there one step at a time, then you can complete a goal.Ok, now YOU give it a try!!

**Come back Wednesday where I have a video tutorial on the Sushi Bazooka!!**




4 comments:

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  2. Small steps definitely works Tammy. Trying to do things in a big leap is a mistake. Regarding weight I get annoyed with people having their stomachs stapled (or whatever) because they don't learn anything and gain the weight back.

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  3. Hi Tammy - stay focussed and never forget that step, follow through and move on ... good luck to us all - cheers Hilary

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  4. Almost anything is attainable if we break it down and tackle it in small bits. The bigger a goal, the more insurmountable it seems, but it feels more possible if we break it down and concentrate on accomplishing it one step at a time. Heck, given enough time and appetite, an ant could eat an elephant. :)

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