So here’s Monday… commonly associated with ‘New Week – New Start’ how often do you hear yourself say this? I find it very fitting alongside ‘ohhh I’ll start again on Monday’. When I’m feeling lazy Monday’s the perfect excuse to skipping that workout and scoffing ½ a pack of hob knobs.
BUT after many months of practice, I’m pleased to say that this will be no more (apart from the odd Monday, I’m not perfect).
How have I defeated the Monday Blues well I set myself some goals at the start of my journey and these are a constant reminder of where I want to be. Six months in I’m ready to set new ones so I thought I’d let you in on my little goal setting guide and maybe you can set a few of your own.
1. Have a think
Look at the past year, how’s it been? What’s been missing? What do you want to improve?
Write them down and be truthful with yourself, no one has to see these if you don’t want them too.
2. Categorise them
Where do they fall? Health, Fitness, Money, Relationships, Work.
Write them down in categories. When you write something down you are stating your intention and getting the ball rolling. It’s always there as a visual aid to keep pushing you forward.
3. Are they right for you?
Are you setting these goals for yourself and are they for the right reasons? Shifting a stone so your ex will fall back in your arms is a great motivator to start with but is it right? Hell NO! Think of it more like this, these life changes you are making are for you and only you. E.g I want to lose a stone to feel healthier, be more confident and have more energy. Your ex might come back but who cares exes are exes for a reason and obviously you can do better.
4. BE S.M.A.R.T and create an action plan
Is your goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time sensitive?
I want to lose one stone in six months. I will do this by exercising three times a week with HIIT and one day a week with LIIT (e.g. Yoga, long walks, light jog) this is realistic. Losing a stone in four weeks by drinking juice isn’t attainable or realistic, just saying, I’ve been there.
I want to save for my summer holiday in August next year. I will do this by setting up an automatic transaction to my savings account for £200 each month over twelve months.
These, of course, are just examples each person’s goal and saving will be different.
5. Ready, Set, GO!
You have your Goals you have you action plan now crack on. If you find your goals aren’t working for you in say three months’ time re-evaluate them. Think about what’s not working and why. Then when you reach them CELEBRATE you deserve it!
I have faith…. Good Luck x