Well See what had happened was……

Have you ever started a sentence off with that statement? It is coming upon the end of 2015 and many of us are looking back on the past 11 months and reviewing the events that have led us up to this current point where we are.see what January 1st most of us set goals. Many set financial goals, some spiritual goals, and most people set health or weight loss goals. If I asked you today did you meet your goals in 2015, what would you say? Many people would say, “well see what had happened was…….” Don’t be that person in 2016. Setting goals are easy. They are words that come out of your mouth when you are feeling motivated. Attaining those goals are the hard part because somewhere in between your words and your goal is a thing called ACTION and if you are not willing or able to take the necessary ACTION to reach the desired goal, then next year at this same time when I ask you did you reach your goal, you will say, “Well see what had happened was…..”

If we really want to reach those goals that we set for ourselves, there are a few steps that you have to take. Follow me on this.

  1. How bad do you want it?

Many times we set goals that are not really our goals. They may be someone else’s goal that you think you want as well. For example, you and your friend workout regularly but now they want to take it to the next level and start training to compete in a figure or body building competition. Just because your workout partner has ambitions to compete doesn’t mean you have to. If it is truly not something that you want to do or accomplish then you most definitely won’t put in the NECESSARY work to make it happen. This is the reason for you to have a WHY that is attached to your goals. Your WHY drives you to attain your goals. If your WHY doesn’t do that for you then it’s not a big enough WHY and you need to reevaluate what is the reason for trying to reach your stated goal. Once you find your WHY or your reason for wanting to reach a goal, then you are ready to set out on a mission to attain it.

  1. Map out your Destination

When you set a goal you have to map out your plan on how you are going to get there. You wouldn’t s3d_man_following_roadmap_for_success_stock_photo_Slide01et out on a road trip and not have a map or navigation system that is guiding you on how to get to your destination would you? Same thing with your goals. You have to have an Intentional plan. This plan will allow you to see exactly what you need to do in order to reach your goal and how much time and effort you need to put in in order to get there. For example, if you are trying to lose weight and get in shape, would you just haphazardly go to the gym and try out this machine and then walk to that machine and do a few reps and on and on until your “hour” is up? No you would have a specific workout plan that would allow you to do the most effective exercises to maximize your time in the gym to get the best results. You wouldn’t just guess at what and how much you should be eating on a daily basis would you? No, you would hire someone to educate you on how to eat according to your goals. This is being INTENTIONAL when you are setting out to reach the goals that you have set for yourself.

  1. Take Massive Action

This is where most people fall off. We all come out of the gate ready to go and we start out the first week and are gung ho about it. Then as things come up and life starts to happen, motivation starts to die off. We start missing workouts, eat less of the right foods, going out more and veering off of our plan that we set to get to our desired destination. I once read a story about an old Cherokee.

“An old Cherokee told his grandson “Son, there are two wolves in every man, battling one another every day. One wolf is about weakness, laziness, ego, inferiority and entitlement. good wolf badThe other is about Strength, hard-work, self-reliance, drive and humility.”

The boy thought for a long while and then asked, “Well Grandfather, if they battle every day, who wins?”

The old man replied, “The one you feed.”

Taking daily action toward your goals is feeding that good Wolf. Skipping workouts, hitting the Fast Food drive through daily, guessing and flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to your nutrition, not following your map, this is feeding the other Wolf.

One final thought. Never be Naïve to think that there will not be obstacles that come your way as you pursue your goals. Obstacles will pop up at the most inopportune time. It’s not the obstacle that stops us from succeeding. It’s how we approach the obstacle is what really makes the difference in us succeeding with reaching our goals or not. That is why when you hold true to the plan you set, you can see where you may need to detour and take another direction in order to get to the same desired destination. The Goal always stays the same. How we get there may change.

So as we move into the New Year, if I happen to ask you this time next year if you hit your goals for 2016, what will you say?

If you are looking to make 2016 your best year yet. Schedule your Strategy and Goal Setting session TODAY! LEGGO!