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Short Term Goal Setting

July 15, 2013

415ba5470e3f9daaced07ef8f5832eeeSo it may not be New Years, but why not set a goal today?  If you’re only setting goals on January 1st then you are seriously missing out on a whole lot of goal ass-kicking throughout the year!

One of the biggest changes I ever made when kicking my butt into healthy gear was changing my mindset for goals.  Before it was always a vague “I want to get skinny” or “I need to lose 10 pounds” without a timeline or action plan.  These goals were useless because they were often too overwhelming, and when I didn’t feel a sense of achievement immediately I gave up.

My Erin Condren planner has a section for monthly and weekly goal setting.

My Erin Condren planner has a section for monthly and weekly goal setting.

My current monthly goals - going to 20 yoga classes in 30 days & finishing my yoga sculpt teacher training!

My current monthly goals – going to 20 yoga classes in 30 days & finishing my yoga sculpt teacher training!

While long term goal setting is also important, short term goals are crucial to staying on track and feeling accomplished.  Here are a few tips for short term goal setting:

•  Set realistic goals –  A goal of working out 7 times a week for someone who isn’t working out at all is going to be overwhelming.  When a goal seems unachievable, it is easy to give up completely.  My goal this month of taking 20 yoga classes seems like a lot, but setting a goal of 5 classes a week is much more realistic.  Take baby steps!

•  Write your goals down – I cannot stress this enough!  Writing down your goals makes them feel more real, and it is important to have a specific, written time-frame.

•  Be patient and adjust – This is a working process.  If you find that a weekly goal is impossible to reach, make it smaller the next.  Similarly, if you reach a goal within the first week of your monthly deadline then beef it up the next month!

•  Align short term goals with long term goals – Short term goals–whether they are daily, weekly, monthly, etc.–should contribute towards your long term goal.  If your long term goal is to save up for a major purchase, your short term goal should be to put away money every week.  Similarly, if your long term goal is to achieve a healthy lifestyle then create short term goals that contribute to forming healthy habits.

•  Reward yourself! – One of the best ways to keep yourself on track is to reward yourself for reaching goals, no matter how small!  Just make sure your rewards are in line with your goals {ice cream should not be a reward for eating healthy all week!}.  When I started working out regularly, one of the best ways I rewarded myself was with cute new workout clothing.  Feeling confident while working out motivated me to get my butt off the couch, and also made me want to keep getting my sweat on so I could reach my next goal!

The Power Life Yoga 20/30 Challenge calendar keeps me motivated with these pirate stickers! :)

The Power Life Yoga 20/30 Challenge calendar keeps me motivated with these pirate stickers! :)

So tell me, what are your short term goals?  Do you have any tips or tricks for reaching your goals or keeping yourself motivate?  Let me know!

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