Do you have moving targets in your life? Perhaps you want to eat a more healthy diet or lose the winter weight that has settled in. Maybe you just want a healthy lifestyle, a regular workout routine the entire family can engage in.
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar.
Each of us knows from our own experience that he is right. As humans we tend to lean toward the easy path and creature comforts. One day flows into the next, and many of us never quite get around to realizing our goals and dreams.
Those goals and dreams, tend to remain unrealized mainly because they are not defined. Nonspecific goals are impossible to focus on they are like moving targets.
The key to your success; define the target.
“The fact is that you can’t hit a target that you can’t see. If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. You have to have goals” – Zig Ziglar
Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like that moving target. You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet–but without clearly defined goals and methods, you can’t focus and make it happen.
Define your goals and write them down:
- How much weight do you want to lose?
- What kind of changes do you want to make in your eating plan?
- How many days per week do you want to exercise?
- Which article of clothing do you wish would fit your body again?
- How much weight would you like to lift while strength training?
Once you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there. But you have to start moving toward your goals. That is where momentum comes in.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Sometimes, the hardest part of reaching a goal is just getting started . That first day of doing things differently or the first challenge of bypassing an unhealthy treat in favor of a food that will give you more energy can be daunting. It isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t fun.
How do you start moving? Accountability is the answer. Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success. It is hard to change lifelong habits on your own. You need radical motivation that comes from involving others in your efforts. Setting deadlines, making commitments and entering contests all provide an external motivation that will carry you through even the toughest temptations.
And once you get started, you will find that the momentum kicks in and it becomes easier and easier to keep going.
Take a few minutes to write down what you want. Be specific. And then begin brainstorming ways to get family & friends involved with you; that will provide your momentum. Your goals and dreams within your reach. You can do this!
And remember, we’re here to help you the entire way!