Small Steps to Big Goals
How close are you to reaching this year’s goals and resolutions?
If you haven’t abandoned your goals for 2013 already, you’re probably still pretty far away. Progress might be slow, but you should’ve stil made progress.
Progress, especially weight loss progress, comes slow and in pieces. Nothing is accomplished in one fell swoop. The big goals and accomplishments — the ones that change our lives — are accomplished in a series of small victories.
You don’t simply wake up one morning and go back to school. You don’t want to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of planning to go back to school forever, but you still have to have some sort of plan to get where you want to be. Make a short list of your obstacles and ways around said obstacles. What courses do you need to take to get that promotion or to change jobs? How will you get the money to go back to school? Maybe bank loans, money from family, or some sort of financial aid? How does your schedule need to look? Who can watch the kids at night? Can you work different hours? Do you have reliable transportation?
The same applies to weight loss, of course. You’re not going to lose 100 pounds tomorrow. Accomplishing that requires you to answer questions and take a series of steps. How many calories do you need on a daily basis? How will you burn calories every day? When will you work the gym into your schedule? Are you going to ask a friend to join you on your journey? What’s your goal weight?
Again, don’t get stuck trying to plan things for the rest of 2013. Planning to execute might make you feel good, but it’s not how you make progress. Make a short list of your tasks at hand related to your goal — then execute them — one at a time.
Make executing your goal for 2013.