Why You Should Stop Setting Goals to Achieve Them

The end of the year is only weeks away, and just about everyone you know (including yourself!) probably already has a list full of resolutions. That list is typically made with loads of ambition and a spirit of positivity — but as you know, the statistics aren’t great for following through with resolutions.

Instead of making a list of wishful thinking this year, start your new year off on a strong foot by doing it a little different this time.

Goal setting can be overwhelming & quite honestly, it feels like a punishment. This is a huge reason why it doesn’t pan out for most people.  On the other hand, lack of practical steps and planning is another reason we just never get started.

One of my 2018 goals is to run my first marathon.  I’ve already started created my training plan – it’s a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s plan.  I know what workouts I’ll be doing on what days.  I’ve also allowed myself some rest days.  Colds, injuries, and life will happen.  I’ll be able to take time off and still complete my goal of completing the Tomoka Marathon.

This year, look at your goals with these in mind:

Make an “I would love to” list. This feels less stressful and restricting than a “to DO list, ” and it is more enjoyable. With each bullet point, you write on your “I would love to accomplish” list — then break down the steps it would take to accomplish it.

For example: if you need to lose 40 pounds, that could feel a million miles away. Break it down into 5-pound increments, until you reach your 40.

Celebrate each increment. It will keep you going and hopeful!

Don’t overdo it. If you start off with a list a mile long, you’ll be less likely even to get started. Don’t overwhelm yourself right off the bat.

Reward yourself along the way. Don’t be so hard on yourself, as I’m sure you tend to do — we all do the same. We’re our own worst critic, so be mindful of that and be kind to yourself in the new year. You deserve it, and you’ll be much more likely to keep moving forward.

What are your goals for 2018?

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