Ok, so now we know why would should plan out our goal, but how do we do it? Let me hold your hand through this. After all, what are friends for?
Step 1 - Understand what a goal is. Remember it is:
- value based
- specific and concrete
- written down
Step 2 - Write our goal statement. Here's ours from last week:
- I would like to start walking 3 days a week for two miles each day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I would like to continue for at least 4 weeks at which point I will reevaluate and determine if I need to add more time or distance, unless I feel the reevaluation needs to be done sooner.
Step 3 - Gather your supplies. Seriously! Tell me one goal that doesn't need something. Even if it's just a pen and paper. For our goal we have a few more things we should gather.
- Phone, planner, calendar... it doesn't matter just something to make a schedule on. In my case I am going to use my phone. Why my phone you might ask? Well that's two fold. It saves a tree, and two it will automatically set up a reminder for me so I don't have to remember what day it is, or to look at a calendar.
- A pair of shoes, three pairs of socks, comfortable workout clothes, dog leash, ear phones, light jacket, and music on my phone. I also pick a convenient place to set these items so it's never difficult to put them on and get moving.
Step 5 - Make sure you are sharing your progress. For this goal, I will be using RunKeeper. I like RunKeeper because it tracks my miles, gives me mileage updates, and will post my workout for me on FACEBOOK. It's important to share, because it keeps you accountable!
Each goal is unique so the steps I used here may not fit with your goal, but they should give you somewhere to start.
That pretty much sums it up. Now get out there and reach your goals! You can do this!
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