(and then they achieve them. That part seems obvious, but it actually isn’t 😉)
Successful people set goals financially, in their careers, with health, fitness, and other personal development.
Having a specific, measurable outcome helps hold people accountable, notice if they get off track, & set a plan for success.
I always say:if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.
Goals are great…. To me, and for my clients, they’re non-negotiable.
However, we as humans have this funny way about us whereby we have a very tough time embracing and appreciating the many wins we achieve en route to the Big Goal.
We tend to be so hard on ourselves, microscopically picking apart any imperfections in our efforts or performance that we completely forget to celebrate a victory.
I see this all the time in the fitness world:
A person has the goal of losing 20lbs and becoming more healthy & fit.
They get so hellbent on making the end result happen that they forget to embrace and celebrate the wins along the way.
Things such as cooking and meal planning for the first time...making exercise a part of the daily and weekly routine… incorporating a gratitude practice or mediation…. And losing 1, 2, 5 or 10 pounds all happen without appreciation or recognition.
They get brushed aside as not "really mattering" because the Big Goal hasn't been reached.
But, ALL of these things are critical parts to the overall process of losing 20lbs.
You cannot lose 20lbs without losing, 1, 2, 5, 10, and so on first!!
Why is this important?
Big Goals usually require a lot of time and effort to achieve.
They can take years or even decades to reach.
Over time, if the little wins aren’t celebrated, the final destination can seem so far off that giving up becomes highly likely.
There are scores of wins and small victories along the way to any Big Goal.
Each win is worthy of recognition, appreciation, and understanding that small wins build upon each other to create the very momentum and possibility for the Big Goal to be achieved.
Just think back to the person who wants to lose 20lbs.
For many people this could take 6 months to over a year.
If they don’t stop to appreciate the progress along the way, it starts to feel like a LOT of effort for nothing to celebrate.
If they don’t recognize that they’re making tangible progress that will help them lose the 20lbs (AND KEEP IT OFF), they will almost certainly give up before the goal is reached.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to look for wins each and every day.
Make a habit of writing down 1-3 small wins each day, week, month.
Acknowledging wins, writing them down, and reflecting back on them in times of struggle is an excellent way to help stay focused, motivated, and on a forward path to success.