We are now halfway through the month of January. That’s right – week 3 of New Year’s resolutions! How are you doing so far? I made concrete goals for my spiritual life in 2018 and have done well in honoring those. I still have some work to do in mapping out goals for other areas of my life. Here’s how I am setting out to make them realistic and achievable!
I hate working out. There was a point in time when I truly enjoyed it, but that time has since passed. However, with all of the desserts I allowed myself to consume over the holidays, my pants are no longer fitting as I would like. So, that means I must burn calories, which means I must exercise (and stop nibbling on treats!).
I am not looking for a dramatic change in weight. I simply want to shed a couple of pounds so I don’t need to buy a new wardrobe. When I looked at the math, it will take 1400 minutes of walking to lose 2 pounds. That is a large number! However, when I break that down, it doesn’t seem as scary. The loop around my neighborhood takes about 20 minutes to walk, which equates to a total of 70 trips around my neighborhood. Even if I only make one trip a day, I can reach my goal in just over 2 months! Now that seems doable!
In my professional life, I have to get cracking on my continuing education units, which will be due at the end of 2019. I know – it seems like a long way away so I don’t need to really work on this one now. However, with the time and cost commitment, I know I will be more successful and less stressed if I start working on them now. I need a total of 40 units by December 2019, but my focus for 2018 is gaining 20 of these. When I break that down into quarters, it is 5 per quarter. My next step in this process is researching development opportunities by month for Q1 and signing up for courses.
These are two examples of how I am tackling larger goals by breaking them down into bite-size, not-so-scary goals. That’s the secret for successful people. Don’t become immobilized by the immensity of your desired outcome. Tackle the baby steps that will lead to you to it instead. As Kristi Yamaguchi said: “I always try to start out with some type of goal. Then I work backward and think of what I need to do to get there, and give myself smaller goals that are more immediate.”
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