My starting point always when setting goals for myself is asking, what is your intent? What do you really want to get done?
I urge you to really pick apart that goal. Always try and pick around it and find out what really sits behind that goal, because very often it is more than just one thing. Ask yourself why, why, why, why do I really want this, until you get to the truth of what you want to achieve. Stare that in the face and get comfortable with it.
Then you consider why now is the time? Why now are you going to be successful and what do you need to set up around you? One of my helpful suggestions is to think about the five stages of change:
We have pre-contemplation as the first stage – you think you might want to do something. Start to entertain the idea, but you’re nowhere near ready to do the piece that I’ve just talked about.
This is a little bit more serious. If I’m going to do this, what might need to happen? How am I to feel? How much time do I need to allocate to it? This is a really important phase.
Preparation / Research Phase:
The preparation or the research phase is very much about looking into who might help you, what do you need to know, where might you need to go, what kind of support’s available, who else has done it really well and look at case studies and testimonials. That’s another key phase to your journey to success.
This is getting in touch with a coach, it’s doing an online quiz, it’s looking into what gyms you can join, seeing what classes are available. That’s where you’re, as the name suggests, taking action. By this point, you’ve made your mind up of what you’re going to do. What your intent is and why now is the time you’re going to do it.
This is where you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve and now you’re just simply maintaining that goal.
Think about where you are in those stages of change, don’t try and jump ahead too quickly. If you’re in the pre-contemplation or contemplation stage, great. Think about getting to the research stage but don’t think about getting to action just yet, because you need to follow those steps. It’s been a well proven tried, tested and true model.
Follow all stages and get clear on your intent, pick apart what your real goal is, not the one you think is acceptable to people or yourself. Get clear on why now is the time to make a change and understand where you are in those stages of change, and you’ll very likely to be successful. Of course, we wish you all the best of luck.
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