Setting a goal is one of the most important things we can do when we wish to improve ourselves, whether it be a personal or professional goal.
Something as simple as making an overdue dental or doctor appointment that we’ve been putting off or wanting to clear a cluttered area in the house is a goal.
Achieving a goal makes us feel good. It’s a reason to celebrate and boosts self esteem.
It’s very comfortable to say we wish we could do this or that and then forget about it. Instead, ask yourself how would you be able to achieve your goal? Make a plan. Write it down. For example, if you want to lose or gain weight. Having a plan in place will set you up for success. Making a meal plan, grocery shopping, and prepping food for the coming week will help set you up for success. Incorporating exercise may help you achieve your goal. Goal + plan + practice = success.
Or, maybe you want to paint your home but the thought of it is overwhelming. A plan that may work would be to paint one wall a day.
A goal is nothing without a plan.
For example, the runner that wants to run the N.Y.C. marathon or the athlete who has dreams of making it big: they both have huge goals and likely very good plans, including a lot of practice.
Deciding not to allow anyone to deter you from your goal is important as is not blaming anyone for not reaching your goal.
Personally speaking, two years ago I set a goal and said I wanted to be the strongest woman alive with progressive ms. People thought it was funny, great, and crazy. I wasn’t kidding! That was a BIG goal. What I really wanted in addition to that was to be strong. In order to reach this goal I would have to make a plan. Join a gym. Go regularly no matter what. Learn everything I can learn. Practice it. Change eating habits. Get enough sleep.
When I first went to the gym I was a scrawny, weak, and out of shape woman with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I couldn’t lift ten pounds. I had never stepped foot in a gym and had no idea how or what to do. I first set a smaller goal that I would go for a few minutes longer each time. For weeks feeling like a fish out of water, I would look at the clock, timing myself until I didn’t anymore. Eventually I lifted ten pounds and set a goal for twenty pounds, thirty pounds, forty pounds, fifty pounds, sixty pounds, etc. To this day I’m still setting small personal goals. One of my more recent goals now is to get off the machines that are easier for me and use the free weights that I find more challenging. Why? Because change isn’t achieved by doing the same thing over and over.
Setting smaller goals is very helpful in achieving a bigger goal. If I had never set smaller goals I would have never experienced the joy in achieving them and I’m certainly not the strongest woman with (progressive) ms. Not yet!
It’s a sense of accomplishment when we complete a task or achieve a goal.
I also had a goal of going back to school to learn something new. Having had very physical jobs in the past (that I loved) before ms I was at a loss as to what can I do now?!? I needed to study something new. In October I started an online course. This was a major achievement for me. Now my goal is to complete the course on time.
As human beings we need to feel productive. Sitting around and wishing our lives were different isn’t going to make them different. It’s never too late to make positive changes. Set a goal, make a plan, practice, achieve your goal, celebrate, and keep cheering yourself on!