1. You need to set goals that 'stretch' you but are attainable. If it's not realistic, you won't be motivated but if it doesn't challenge you...you won't be inspired either.
2. You need specifics. Saying “I want to be more fit” is vague. Saying “I want to drop my body fat by 5% in the next 3 months” isn't.
3. You need deadlines. Same premise. If you want to push toward a goal, you need a finish line to avoid procrastination. To create urgency.
4. You need to actually want those things. Seems simple...but you'd be amazed at how many people set goals because someone told them that should be the goal or that's what they think they should do. Your goal should have a deep personal connection to you.
5. You need accountability. Humans always do better with it. You know it’s true. From having a workout buddy, to using a coach, or being part of a peer group. And saying “I know I should ____” doesn’t count.
6. You've got to break it down. Overwhelm kills progress. You do better when you have goals broken into smaller targets. Reverse engineering a big (annual) goal into bite-sized daily tasks makes things much more palatable.
7. You get a prize 😉 You may not *need* this, but you will always do a bit better when you have a reward for winning. Clients have treated themselves to new clothes, a getaway… I even had someone buy themselves a new car!
- Coach Michelle