Welcome to third week of 2014! You’re steadfast on your way to achieving your new year’s resolutions, right? Unfortunately, if you’re like most Americans, now is the time you start becoming more lenient in the pursuit of your goals. It’s too cold to go for a run. The gym is too crowded. That swear word was for emphasis only. Regardless of what your resolutions are, having a goal to achieve something doesn’t just make it happen. It’s easy to slack off on a yearlong focus.
The real power is in keeping with the to-do’s that help you achieve your goals. It’s true that life is in the journey, not the destination, and the same can mentality holds true for goals: it’s in the process. That’s the secret in the sauce, and the very thing we work to promote here through Accountable in Action. Telling your goals to others helps hold you accountable, but drawing out what you’re going to do to achieve those goals is where the magic happens.
It’s more about creating a lifestyle. Let’s say your goal is to reach some specified weight. What happens when you reach that goal weight? Do you stop going to the gym? If, instead, your focus is on exercising twice per week, you’ve created a lifestyle for yourself where you can achieve little successes each week throughout the course of the year as well as inevitably lose weight along the way (assuming, you’re actually exercising at the gym, right?). So instead of making goals with one end point, orient your focus around the process.
Need a little help? Join the Accountability Ally program to get support setting appropriate goals. More importantly, receive the encouragement and gain accountability for the process along the way. Cheers to 2014!