For someone to take action in their life there needs to be 1 or 2 reasons. 1 they are moving away from desperation. This may be a health scare, a wake-up call, or something has shocked them into action, and made them realize that they need to make changes, or secondly it can be someone moving towards inspiration. They know what they want and they are on a plan to get it.
In between that are people, who are aware they need to make change, but aren’t close enough to desperation, or to inspiration to make a defined decision and start making positive changes in their life. There’s nothing wrong in being here, but recognizing that you still need to nourish and move your body.
So if your wanting to make a change in your life, and want it to be a sustainable change you need to take inspired action and work out your why.
How do you do this?
For example my goal could be to run a 10km fun run in 3 months in under an hour. This would be what’s called a S.M.A.R.T goal, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
So theoretically it ticks all of the boxes. But what I need to be looking at is working out WHY it’s important to me to run the fun run – what am I looking to achieve, what feelings am I trying to gain?
1 – Achieve something I’ve never done before. To know I can achieve something completely new to me.
2 – Prove to myself I can commit, and follow through an action plan, even when the going gets tough (As it always does when your chasing something worthwhile!).
3 – Give me a purpose to train. Without having a goal, I may get sidetracked, so having something I’m continually working towards and committed to completing will help propel me forward with my training, and keeping a fire in my belly.
4 – Feel amazing about myself, and inspired but what I did. Also to potentially inspire others to, to help them realize they can achieve their health and wellness goals.
Can you see how attaching those feelings to my SMART goal will keep me focused.
On a cold and rainy day what’s more likely to get you moving? The SMART goal or the feelings goal? For me a little of both.
Take 10 minutes to dig out your goals, and attach feelings to them, and if they no longer feel so shiny and inspiring feel free to cross them out and develop some juicy ones instead.