I think most people start the New Year off with resolutions like — I’m going to lose weight.
I’m originally from Louisiana so I hear that one a lot.
But that really isn’t a goal and unless there is a lot of thought and planning that resolution will never happen.
According to Wikipedia a New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice.
And a goal is a desired result that a person envisions, plans and commits to achieve.
My goals for 2016 are:
- Lose 50 lbs by December 31st, 2016.
- Have 1,000 members on my e-mail list by Dec 31st, 2016.
- Have Family Dinner at least twice a week.
You will notice that these goals are fairly specific. I state that I want to lose 50 lbs over the next year. That is a good start. I state how much weight I want to lose and over what time frame. What is missing? The HOW is missing. If you don’t have a plan up front for how you are going to accomplish and track your goal then your success will be uncertain.
Here is my HOW for the goal Lose 50 lbs by December 31st, 2016.
First I broke that down into a smaller monthly goal of 4.2 lbs. You could even make it a weekly goal of 1.04 lbs. Those smaller amounts sound a little easier and give you small wins.
Second I decided what I needed to DO to accomplish this goal. I need to meal plan so I have better meals on hand and I need to use portion control in my planning. My issue isn’t necessarily what I am eating but how much I am eating. To put it plainly I need to eat less steak and more veggies. And just because Hershey’s original chocolate bars are gluten free doesn’t make them healthy. Sorry I got a little off track there. Moving on….There are many portion control eating plans out there. One I know about is the 21 Day Fix. You eat a set amount of veggies, carbs, protein etc for your weight. I googled the portion measurements and food lists and I am using that in my planning. I also am documenting this in my Happy Planner. If you want to accomplish a goal you need to track it.
Third I enlisted help. My husband and mom will be on this plan with me. We all need a little help from our friends, but only friends that will help hold you accountable without causing you to feel bad about falling off the wagon. And remember changing what you eat is hard to do alone but it can be done. Don’t let that be an obstacle to your success.
The second goal is having 1,000 members on my email list by the end of the year. Again I broke that down into a smaller goal of 84 people a month. My HOW is setting up an email subscription service through MailChimp. I will accomplish this by listening to tutorials and adding small 15-30 minute tasks to my daily “get it done” list in my InnerGuide Planner. I will also be using the help of the app List Goal which gives you reminders every time a new browser window opens helping you track your accomplishments. List Goal will be my friend in this task helping to hold me accountable. You guys can also be my friends and help me reach my goal by subscribing to my newsletter. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
The third goal is both simpler and harder. I will tie this goal into my first goal by using meal planning to make sure we have good clean meals to eat so everyone will want to come to the table. But it is harder because it will depend on other people. If you are a mom or parent I’m sure you know stuff happens during the week. Family members forget to tell you plans and emergencies come up. That is why my goal is only twice a week. It is attainable. I could have said seven times a week but I know that wouldn’t happen and I would only be setting myself up for failure. So how do you track this type of goal? I will mark it on my family calendar. I might even write the goal on the top of the calendar. It is posted where everyone can see it when they walk in the door and will be a gentle reminder of my goal.
What are your goals for 2016? How are you planning to accomplish them?
Let me know in the comments below.