Setting goals. This is such an important part of the process. Like monumental. Huge. Ginormous. Bigger than that. So listen really carefully.
You Have To Set Clear Goals for Yourself.
You have to. With out an end goal, you flounder and move in circles. You don’t have any clear direction. And you don’t know when your finished. Goals are the backbone that make any 30 Day Challenge possible. And if you don’t have an obvious goal, how do you even know when you’re finished?
But I get it. It’s not always easy to be clear about what you want to achieve. So here are some tips that I use to help me be clear and obvious about what I want to achieve.
- Think about the big picture. Excuse the cliche, but sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. You get caught up on the little things in front of you, but step back and think about where you really want to be at the end of your challenge. What do you really want to achieve?
- Be realistic. Think about your life and the 30-day time constraint when you set your goal. You might want to loose weight, but making it your goal to loose 50 pounds in the next 30 days just isn’t going to happen. Yes, I guess it’s possible. But it would be really effing hard and not so healthy. A realistic goal will help keep you motivated and working forward.
- Push yourself. I know I just told you to be realistic, but it really isn’t a “challenge” if you don’t push your comfort zone. Make yourself stretch, reach, try something new. Make your goal something you won’t achieve in your regular day-to-day.
- Be Clear and Obvious. Now’s the time to be bold and strong. And it’s also the time to be simple and direct about what you want. Don’t mince words. Don’t try to be fancy. Say what you will do in plain language. Don’t give yourself any room for doubt about what you want.
- Declare it. Write down your goal. Tweet it. Tell your mother. Whatever it takes to make it official to you, do it. For me, I write it here on my blog. This is all about accountability. If other people know your goal, then you’re more likely to keep working toward it. You’re less likely to turn back.
So this is the first step toward 30 Day success. It’s do able, right? Tell me, what are your clear goals for this month or this year? Is your resolution off to the right start?