7 Tricks to Help You Stay on Track and Achieve Your Goals
You set yourself up for success this year by building a foundation for your goals to form with our walking meditation practice. Then, you created big, achievable goals with visualization exercises and put those goals into action. Even with the best plans and intentions, you can still find yourself losing sight of your goals. Don’t let your big dreams get derailed, follow these tips.
It has to be about something bigger than just you…
If I think of my workouts as just workouts, something just for me, I have a hard time getting started, let alone sticking with a big, overarching goal. I feel selfish and self-absorbed. I realized I needed to change my perspective and language about my workouts so how I show up for them is representative of how I show up for the world. That may seem like a lofty statement, but it is what gets me out the door in the morning when the sun isn’t up yet, and what reminds me not to have another drink when I’m out with friends on a Friday night.
Here are a few ways to stay on track with your goals this season:
Change the word “workout” to “training”and it will feel different in your body when you say it. I tend to feel like an Olympic athlete when I say that I’m going out for a training run instead of a workout. It opens up the door for conversation with others as well and gets them thinking about the possibilities that are available to them, too.
Change the phrase “have to” to “get to.”Nobody is making you do a triathlon, a marathon, a 5k, a century ride. By changing the way you talk about training, it changes the energy from obligation to choice. There is freedom in making choices. Obligation feels like a dead end.
Just show up and get started!Showing up and starting is the hardest part for me. Once I get to the pool, sit on my bike, or take the first step of a run, all of the nonsense I had going on in my head about how hard it was going to be starts to dwindle. When others talk about how hard it is, remind them that all they have to do is show up and see what happens.
Everything passes…The same is true for your e-motions. Remember, emotion is just energy in motion. So, if you have convinced yourself that you don’t have enough energy to get your training session done, make a deal with yourself that you have to give it at least 10 minutes. You’ll be surprised how your energy shifts when you start to move around.
Consistency is key.Nobody can tell if a few trees are cut down in the forest, but you can tell when there has been a raging fire. Think of your training sessions the same way. Don’t lose sleep over a few missed sessions, nobody is perfect. Do your best to complete most of them. But if you miss a few, don’t beat yourself up. When you don’t beat yourself up about missing a training session, you’ll start giving yourself more grace in your life… as well as other people.
Be on time.Look at your schedule and commit to specific starting times for each session. If you are punctual to your training, you will be more punctual with everything in your life. Others will appreciate your respect for their time as well as yourself.
Once a week, reflect on where you need to step up and commit.Notice where you have been making excuses and where there is room for improvement. That will keep you striving towards your target and showing up for each of your sessions with a purpose. For example: I tend to do all of my running sessions, but I’ve been missing one bike session a week. I catch myself making excuses about not feeling physically fit on my bike, but I have been skipping workouts. So I made a commitment to complete all of my bike sessions next week, even if that means missing a run. #NoExcuses
It’s magical how our dedication, discipline, and commitment to our training will spill over into our lives. Take some time to reflect on this at the end of each day. Acknowledge your hard work. Saying “Yes!” to training demonstrates your willingness to embark on a challenging adventure that is bound to have obstacles. You may not realize it, but you are inspiring others!
It’s never too late to set a new goal. Check out Goal Setting: Step 1 & Step 2!