Short Term Goals
Short-Term goals are so powerful. Setting something in your mind and your will, committing to it, is challenging and rewarding no matter the time frame. But, the longer out you set this period, the more likely we are to falter.
I try to tell folks to plan something, put an event on the calendar that they can look forward to, train hard for, make sacrifices for. Plan a date night, a getaway, a photo shoot, a reward-- something special! You want to look your best, feel your best, do your best on that date. Set it for no more than a month away. I find, if I am trying to be very disciplined/spartan-like with my intake while continuing to train like a madman, I can do this for 2-3 weeks. Sometimes that's stretching it. Always, that's difficult. But, it can be done, when I have something that I'm trying to prepare for.
I have a couple of events coming up, and I want to see how good I can be for them. So, I've given up a couple of my indulgences. I even put this silly piece of paper on my fridge, so that I can cross off the date every night before I go to bed. It's a reminder, some accountability, and a small accomplishment. An "atta-boy" that I made it through the day in the way that I was hoping, and I crushed it. Try it. Or do whatever works for you.
Have a partner in your goal, share it with someone. Misery loves company! Or, maybe accountability through social media- I don't know what will help keep you on track, but whatever silly tools you need to help out, try it!
Long term goals are great. I'm not saying don't set any. But, shorter timeframes are more attainable to me, more realistic, and more fun...
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