I’ve been reflecting a lot on 2010 over the last month. No doubt it’s been a crazy year in my life, personally and professionally. This time of year is always a great time to consider your goals for the next 12 months, but I was focusing on 2010 to help me set my goals for 2011. This can be good and bad. My grandma used to say “if you don’t know where you’ve been, you’ll never know where you’re going.” This was usually followed by a great story about the “old days”. That’s GREAT advice, too, however, I found that I was also getting hung up on what went wrong in 2010 and was using that to set my 2011 path.
Look forward.... Not back...
So, a good friend suggested I stop looking in the rear view mirror! More Great Advice! I read a blog written by an amazing colleague, Alwyn Cosgrove, who discussed a “process goal”. This is a goal that’s not necessarily an “outcome goal” like, I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st, but it’s a simple “do this” goal that I can make constant progress towards. My process goal is to workout at least 4x a week. My schedule is hectic and I’m not teaching as much, but this is a goal I can accomplish and will keep me on the path of good health. I’ll keep these workouts INTENSE, so my time is WELL SPENT!
I have A LOT of goals for 2011, but I know from experience that many of us try to accomplish all of our goals too quickly and we end up sabotaging our efforts. Alwyn actually spoke to this subject, too. He suggests a “goal snowball”.
1) List five or six behaviors you need to improve or change to reach your goals. What do you need to be doing that you’re not doing? What bad habits do you need to kick? What good habits do you need to instill?
2) List these things from easiest to hardest.
3) “Maintain” all your other goals and focus your attention on the first thing on your list (the easiest one.) Spend two weeks just focusing on achieving that goal so that it becomes a habit.
4) Once that change has been made and ingrained, move up to the next item on your list and focus your efforts there.
I’ve created a plan, a “path” so to speak for 2011. It’s personal and professional and my list is long, but, I BELIEVE it’s accomplishable (is that a word?!?)! Have you laid your path? I suggest you do. And share them with a support person who will keep you accountable. I’ll be blogging a lot more in 2011, so stay tuned. I’m using my blog as a way to journal my path, it will include personal and business and fitness related topics, but I hope you can pull something from a few that will enhance your path in 2011.
Happy New Year! Please share your goals below in comments, as WRITING them down is KEY!