Focus on What Drives Your Goals

10 Jan

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I’m not a big believer in front loading the New Year with goals just for the tradition of it. So often, we set ourselves up for disappointment when we do – we set loads of expectations, do very little planning, and even less follow through. I believe the statistic is just ten percent of all Americans who follow through with their New Years resolutions. I’m not saying we should avoid resolutions altogether; let’s just do things a little differently, so we get the results we want.

Here’s what I propose:

Ask yourself – What do I need to accomplish?

AND WHY?

This “why” is really important. It’s what you need to think about when you’re tempted, if you falter, and when you think about giving up.

Here’s an example. Five years ago, I decided I needed to make changes in my nutrition. I wasn’t feeling well, had low energy, and hadn’t lost the baby weight from my then two-year-old son. When I sought answers, my blood work indicated that I had a wheat intolerance and should eliminate gluten from my diet. Technically, my goals were to lose weight, increase my energy and improve my overall health. Then I quantified desired outcomes; the problem was, I had dealt with all those factors for more than two years and they weren’t that compelling.

But when I thought about WHY I really needed to accomplish these goals, I got fired up. I thought about being active, vital and healthy for my children as they grew up. I had lost my Mom when I was little, so I knew it wasn’t outside the realm of possibility to lose vitality at a young age and I got MOTIVATED! I stopped eating all things gluten and haven’t looked back. I’ve never cheated – not even one piece of pizza – until I found gluten-free options! Accomplishing my goals changed everything for me (it would take many more blogs to explain), and focusing on my “why” made it possible.

There are certainly more ways to prepare for successful goals, which I will likely write about next – but motivation and focus can be gained by identifying your “why”.

Happy New Year!

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