Goal Setting: One step at a time



I think the hardest thing about setting goals is figuring out how to get there. It's easy to say "I want to be healthier", " I want to lose weight", " I want to be stronger", but in the same moment, when it comes time to do the work, It's also easy to become overwhelmed.

 All of the sudden, a goal that was at first so important, now seems impossible.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, to become stronger, or even to develop your own personal protection plan, They all happen by taking small steps. Making too many changes all at once is too hard, and many times sets us up for failure.

For example, if you're making changes to lead a healthier life style, or to lose weight, take it week by week. Maybe the first week, you cut out sugary drinks: sodas, juices, sweet tea, etc. Begin to think about what you can add to your meal plan vs what you have to take out. Add more lean protein. Add good fats. Add lots of veggies and fruits. Then you can start weeding out the processed foods and the carbs that are more filler than food.

Developing a personal protection plan works the same. First, determine what threats you might face most. (Which for many of us, the biggest threats are health related , commute time to work or school, or risks we take on because of our work and hobbies.) Create a list from biggest to smallest. Then create a plan to answer each threat. Finally, begin to implement the plans one at a time until they become a normal piece of your everyday routine. (Some, will be really easy to do, and others, like awareness, will take constant practice)

Whatever your goal, make a plan and set smaller goals to help you achieve the overall goal. Take it all one step at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. And don't be afraid to adjust the plan along the way as you begin to find what does and what doesn't bring you success.

"A man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones" - Confucius