By Lauren Denos: 9/8/2014 (Mindset)

You have no doubt heard, from me and many others, how important setting goals are; and I stand by that. If you do not know what you want, how will you know where to steer your ship? There are many steps beyond the actual goal setting as well as other tools that you can use to really make your goal a reality and stay motivated. If you set your goal as one large goal with no break down into action steps then it just remains this huge thing to do in the future. Without a plan, you would not know how it is going to happen, you just assume it will. Of course, it is better to be a little more proactive than that.

Be consistent

There is one step in particular that I would like to examine. It has to do with the concept of consistency, which I am sure you have heard me talk about before, but we are going to look at it a bit differently; I am talking about creating a schedule. Creating a schedule deals specifically with the daily habits or commitments you are going to make to yourself.

When we set goals, we start by creating one big overall goal. It might be a yearlong or a lifetime goal. For the sake of what we are talking about here we will consider either of those a big goal. When you break them down you might do 6 month, 3 month, 1 month and some people (myself included) make 1-week goals. All of those are just ways of creating a stepping-stone to accomplish to get to the larger goal. The one-week goals are the things that you must accomplish each week to take you closer to your goal. Out of the levels of 6 month, 3 month, 1 month etc, the one-week is what is going to give you the biggest results. It is the small consistent steps that make our goals a reality. When you create week-long goals you are setting up your schedule for each day of that week; this can be so powerful!

Your weekly goal schedule can be set up in multiple ways. First, you can just have a consistent week schedule that stays the same. This can be helpful if your action steps naturally lend themselves to being very consistent. For example, if you are training for marathons then your weekly schedule will probably be some form of running, weight training to support your running, rest days and prepping your food for optimal performance.

If your schedule does not stay the same each week then you would want to write an individual week schedule. You would still want to plan these week schedules in advance as much as possible. Write them a few months to a year in advance so that you can look ahead and know what is coming up. Many times you will have some actions that will be the same week in and week out, with other things that are added that are one off items that need to be taken care of. If you are using this second example I am describing here then I would recommend at least knowing what your fall back week or daily goals look like. This way if you do not consciously set your goals for each week you have a place to work from. This means that even if you forget to plan your week you are still moving forwards towards your goals.

People who have their schedules planned out have the greatest amount of success. If you want to be a great runner then you would want to make a habit of running or workouts that support your running skills every week. If you are an actress then you should have tasks you do every week to make sure you are honing your craft. If you own your own business then you are going to make weekly habits of making sales calls etc. I bet if you researched most people who have been successful in a given field you would discover that they have a regular weekly schedule that they stick to. Successful people know the virtue of consistency.

This is a sample of what a weekly chart would look like. This is one month worth. At the top you have the goals you would like to accomplish by the end of the month and all the weeks are supporting you buy building you up to completing the goals. Obviously you will have different goals, this is a good way to get a feel for how to create a layout for yourself.

January Goals!

  1. Run 3 miles

  2. Have two family fun activity days

  3. Prep Dinners

Week 1

  • Choose 5-10 healthy dinners that the family will like
  • Weight train
    • Tuesday
    • Thursday
  • Find one activity the family would enjoy and plan 2 weekend days for it
  • Run 1-2 miles
    • Monday
    • Wednesday
    • Friday
  • Prep the dinners for the week (ie: Cook chicken ahead of time so I can just throw the rest together)

Week 2

  • Choose 5-10 healthy dinners that the family will like
  • Find one activity the family would enjoy and plan 2 weekend days for it.
  • Run 1-2 miles
    • Monday
    • Wednesday
    • Friday
  • Prep the dinners for the week

Week 3

  • Choose 5-10 healthy dinners that the family will like
  • Find one activity the family would enjoy and plan 2 weekend days for it
  • Run 2-3 miles
    • Monday
    • Wednesday
    • Friday
  • Prep the dinners for the week

Week 4

  • Choose 5-10 healthy dinners that the family will like
  • Find one activity the family would enjoy and plan 2 weekend days for it
  • Run 2-3 miles
    • Monday
    • Wednesday
    • Friday
  • Prep the dinners for the week

Taking the time to plan can make a big difference in the amount and quality of what you accomplish.

As Will Durant said on Aristotle~ “ We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.”





 

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