Several years ago I was told something very important: What gets tracked gets done. At the time I did not understand how important that maxim was in life. Over the last two years, however, that has become very evident in my life. I’ve always had high hopes, aspirations, and BIG dreams. What I didn’t have, however, was the knowledge and guidance on how to get to those dreams.
In high school, and even in college, they do not teach and focus on the importance of goal-setting. However it’s been proven over and over again that if you put your goals down on paper and read them on a regular basis, then you have much more success in reaching those goals. If you are regularly aware and reminded of your dreams and why you do what you do, then you are less likely to give up and let life take over. As a health and nutrition coach, one of the first things I have my clients do is write down specific goals they want to hit over the next 12 weeks. I encourage them to read these goals every single day. Getting healthy isn’t easy, but when you are reminded of your WHY every single day, it makes those hard days (pizza party at work, birthday cake, too tired to work out) easier to overcome. Your WHY becomes bigger than your excuses.
The point isn’t even to hit all of your goals. The point is to make an attempt because if you set goals and work towards them, but come up short, you are closer than if you never set them in the first place.
To help show that I’m willing to take action to accomplish my big dreams, here are a few of my goals for 2014:
1. Finish one of the five books I am currently reading (hit this goal last night)
2. Lose 10 more lbs and tone my body up.
3. Help at least 5 people make choices to change their lives.
4. Get completely out of debt.
5. Buy a house.
6. Read 20 books.
Sharing your goals is not an easy task by any means. It means you are actually accountable to some extent for the things you want to accomplish.
Here’s my challenge to you: In the comment section, put down at least 2 of your goals for 2014.