One of the most common reasons people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolution is setting unrealistic goals. Our Personal Best 30 Day Challenge is a great way to begin the journey towards becoming your Personal Best because we ask you to “declare” one (1) goal. Just one.
In a previous blog I asked you to develop a “positive attitude”. All the positive thinking in the world cannot transform you into your “best self” if you have not developed a clear plan of action. That’s why we encourage you to “declare” your goal and then, find an “accountability partner”. Your declaration sets your course and your accountability partner keeps you on track. If your partner is honest and caring, he/she will tell you if your goal seems realistic. And, you must learn to set a strategy for success if your positive expectations are to become reality.
For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, it is unlikely you will be able to achieve that goal in 30 days. The average “safe” weight-loss plan calls for losing 1-2 pounds per week. There are 4.25 weeks in a month so, realistically, you will lose 4 to 8 pounds in the first 30 days. If you understand this, you can incorporate a realistic plan of action and continue past our 30 day challenge to ultimately achieve your 20 pound weight loss goal within 2 ½ to 5 months.
It is important for you to realize you have already set a goal. You are already a success. You have made a decision! Somewhere in the back of your mind, you have some idea about actions you intend to keep you on your path to success however, if you are like most people, these ideas tend to become jumbled as you proceed through your new way of living. You may lose your way.
Your approach to goal setting must become focused; you must learn to concentrate on the realistic goal that is most important to you. Although you have already begun the journey, you may not have learned the necessary “skills” to organize your efforts. Don’t get discouraged if you find yourself going off the path and regressing towards old habits that take you away from your desires.
Notice the word “skills”. You don’t have to be a remarkable person in order to be effective at goal-setting any more than you have to be a super achiever in order to drive a car. Goal setting is simply a skill and once you have learned it, success will become a habit.
So keep it up. Reassess your goal. Did you set a “realistic” one? If you didn’t, reset it. Every day is a new beginning. We are here to help. The entire staff at Personal Best wants you to “bridge the gap between you and your Personal Best!”