During this first week in January, it seems there is a lot of talk about resolutions or goals. Being a goal orientated person, I love hearing everyone’s goals. However, it seems to be unusual to hear anyone talk about HOW they are going to reach their goals. My husband, Jason, has done a lot of written work on goal setting that we use in helping our students at Superstar Karate achieve their goals. I thought the following would be useful steps to apply to your 2014 goals.
5 Steps to Success: Tips for Accomplishing Your Personal Goals
1. Write it down. The first step to accomplishing any goal is of course by simply writing that goal down. By physically taking a pen to paper you become more committed to following through with it because it has a tendency to stay in your subconscious longer.
2. Look at it daily. Once you write down your goal you need to post it somewhere that you are going to see it each and every day at least three times.
3. Do something about it. Don’t just sit there. Do something everyday that will bring you closer to the achievement of your goal. The least you can do is think about your goal, how you will achieve it and how you will feel once you succeed.
4. Picture it. If you can, get a picture of your goal or a picture that reminds you of your goal.
5. Start spreading the news. Tell everyone about your goal. This will not only keep you motivated but also accountable for your actions. Now you have to, as they say, put your money where your mouth is.
One of the ways I have personally tried to implement #2 is through a “vision board” by my desk. This board has several inspirational photos, a list of current race P.R.’s so I can chase after new ones, and a few “negative” inspirations, such as the bib from my biggest “failure” of a race in 2013 to remind me to never go back to that “low” place.
Missy had the great idea to make one of our fitness goals for the year to try NEW fitness activities. First up on our list — yoga. If you know me, you know I am NOT a yoga fan. I am a go-go-go sort of person that doesn’t thrive in calm & quiet, but at the advice of others I am going to give it a chance. We will keep you posted throughout the year about our “new” adventures!
Happy New Year,