So today marks the end of January for 2016. Allow me to digress and simply ask a rhetorical question many of us older-younger people tend to contemplate on and that is... where in the world did the time go?!
I'm serious though. It feels as though yesterday was New Years Day. But I really ask the question because many of us have scheduled a number of goals for the new year and within that yearly timeframe, we set mini goals a month, helping us track our every move towards the grand finally and to also document our foot steps. But ...what happens when our first mini goal isn't met? There are plenty of solutions, but here are just a few of my favorite...
1. Do NOT give up and Do NOT Panic. There are many reasons why many gym settings start of with an abundance of people in the beginning of a new year, only to have less than half of the people continue as February gets closer; change in schedule, an unfortunate incident, new goals set, etc...the list of reasons continue. But the top reason why attendance decreases is because many people do not see the results they initially wished, and so they give up. Many of us are on that boat today. But, let's face it...things happen. Regroup and reorganize. See what you did wrong and take note, analyze and make changes. Your first initial plan not coming through is a bump on the freeway. Do not allow this hiccup to have you give up. ...don't allow it to.
2. Earlier Check-ins: I like to call this "the minis to the mini." This is were you do weekly checkins within the monthly checkins; so basically the baby-steps to the toddler-steps. Along with setting a mini goal for each month, set a double-mini goal for each week. Pick any day of the week to stand as the check-in day and set a goal or two for that week only. This deliberately exposes to us our strengths and shortcomings, helping us review our short-term goals and making them realistic and challenging.
3. Time waits for no one, so get started: I saw the funniest meme the other day via Instagram from a blogger I follow, Gracie Francesca Victory, stating "Decided my 2016 starts again on February 1st...this was a trial month". I though she summed up the wobbly-start-to-a-resolution-or-goal-at-the-start-of-a-new-year pretty well. It happens to the best of us but after reflecting and regrouping, get down to business. Don't allow time to fly by without getting any work done. Focus and Proceed.
4. Be Kind to Yourself. You know how hard you are working and no one is harder on yourself than yourself. The last thing you need to do is beat yourself up. Some of us find this to be "helpful", but in the end it's only verbal self-abuse. Speak good things and good things will follow. Do not put too much on yourself. Be realistic and challenge yourself. Giving yourself a one week goal that you would normally set as a monthly goal will set you up for failure and disappointment. Take it slow. Do not rush. Enjoy the journey and appreciate each accomplishment, big or small.
5. KEEP your vision: Do not allow an inconsistent set back change your goals. Sure, a readjustment may be needed but do not be discouraged to the point where if one thing started out on the wrong foot, then you must continue on the wrong foot. My mum always told me that the right foot has to take a step before the left foot can take another. So just take it one step at a time and in due time you will reach your goals.
6. Get Re-inspired...but not distracted. Revisit your means of encouragement every time you need a pick-me-up. Remind yourself that you are able to achieve anything you set your mind to. But in doing this, do not dwell on the achievements of others especially to the point where you become envious and upset. It is very common for one to admire the outcome of unseen hard work. Nothing good comes easy so work hard, and stay encouraged.
7. Keep Going. This point may be repetitive in comparison to the first, but I want to make sure you understand this. Continue to persevere and push forward towards your dreams. Every step matters be it a baby step or a big step. Trust your intuition and balance yourself. No one is perfect and we all tend to trip, fall, bump and get trampled on when we work towards an aim. But enjoying and learning from the journey strengthens us and only makes achieving our next goal so much more gratifying.
I hope this helps loves! Let me know your tips on strengthening a goal plan.