It’s time for the 4th step – which is a spinoff of the 3rd – Setting REALISTIC goals. We have already helped define our goals and make them more specific, measurable, and attainable. Before reading this segment, make sure to check out the post on setting attainable goals here.
So once we know our goals are attainable, meaning they aren’t within crazy time frames or tasks you are unprepared for, we need to make sure they are realistic. There are a couple of ways to do this. First, ask yourself if your goal requires you to cut out or change things that you won’t be able to do or that are too drastic? Are you trying to cut out too many things at once? Does your goal fit within your lifestyle? Do you have the time, money, and support for this goal?
As an example, if you want to lose weight through eating a healthier diet and exercising more, you should pick one thing at a time to cut our or add to your diet and start your exercise at a reasonable amount of time during a part of the day you can usually do such as early morning before everyone gets up, lunch break, or after work. For cutting out things, don’t tell yourself you have to cut out sugar, carbs, wine, alcohol, and drink more water, etc. all at the same time. While it is possible, it is extremely hard and will possibly lead to more slip-ups that may mentally make you want to give up faster. Master one change, then change another and keep going.
With the running example, you should set a realistic goal if you are just starting out or running half a mile, then a mile, then 2 miles, etc. and keep progressing rather than going out and seeing just how far you can go the first day and being so sore or injured that you can’t keep training.
Stay tuned to the last section in the next post where we wrap up our goal setting with how to set time-based goals. Remember that we aren’t aiming for perfection, just progress!
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