How to implement changes effectively #2: figuring out and setting goals

Hey guys! So in the previous post of this series I wrote about the importance of developing the right mindset as the first step towards change. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out first, before you start with this post.

#1 Developing the right mindset

#2 Figuring out and setting goals

#3 Finding motivation and staying accountable

Otherwise, let’s jump right into this one!

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How to implement changes effectively #2: figuring out and setting goals

 

Once you have figured out what’s driving you to want to achieve certain changes, it’s time to focus on the specific goals – and this post will help you set those in an attainable and practical way!

 

Realistic or ambitious?

First of all, don’t be afraid to dream big! Your goals can be super ambitious and that’s okay because we’ll be breaking them down into smaller, totally achievable sub-goals so you can reach that one big goal in the end. What you still need to keep in mind though, is that your goals need to be realistic, especially when it comes to how much time, money and other resources you have. But, as I said, don’t let minor obstacles stop you; try to find a balance between what’s actually impossible at the moment and just very hard but still attainable in your case ;)

 

Be specific

So, whether you want to finally be comfortable in your own skin, gain or lose weight in a steady and controlled way, believe in yourself and your ideas, or get super fit and strong – these rather broad goals need to be made specific. This way, it will be waaay easier for you to measure and track progress, and know that you’re on the way to turning those dreams into reality! Yep, that may mean using numbers sometimes, although I definitely don’t mean to encourage you to be too focused on your weight as we all know that’s not the healthiest mindset to have. Instead, try to keep track of how you feel, how your clothes fit, how many kilometers you can run, how much weight you can lift or how much you accomplished in the last x amount of days.

 

Have a timeframe

What I like to do next is to decide on a timeframe. Let’s say you want to get noticeable (whether visually or mentally) results within 6 months – my advice would be to always add a little extra time and make that your new target. As we tend to overestimate how quickly we can do things, especially when you have other responsibilities at the same time, it’s safer to give yourself a little longer and avoid the extra stress.

 

Goal setting time!

Then, grab a pen and a piece of paper – or open your notes app if you’re anything like me and you need to have everything stored on your laptop ;) – and create some space where you’ll write down monthly and weekly goals. This will make it easier to track your progress and will keep you motivated.

Try to go down from your big goal in order to set the smaller sub-goals and spread them out evenly throughout your entire timeframe. Don't get too intimidated by the process, it definitely doesn't have to be perfect – just has to work for YOU! Maybe after a couple of weeks you'll notice that you need to adjust your weekly goals in order to to keep the entire thing realistic, and that's perfectly fine, too!

Next week’s post will help you find ways to make sure that you stay accountable to your goals and also that you enjoy the journey. So come back then to read the post or sign up for email notifications (on the right) so you don’t forget ;)