I hope you are having an outstanding day. Last Monday, I walked you through setting up short term goals on my less than aesthetically pleasing goal sheet. Last month, I also gave you some free printables that you can use that ARE aesthetically pleasing.
I received a lot of great feedback from my readers on various platforms about the power of short-term goals. I am so happy we were able to connect and share our love of small plans for a greater good. As for my short-term goals, so far, so good! Well, except for that 6 a.m. every day. I’ve been sleeping in until 7 a.m. the past few days due to a gnarly round of food poisoning.
A few of my friends were a little stressed with the idea of setting ANY goal. They felt it added too much pressure, and, seemed to talk themselves out of even the slightest possibility that they could make the smallest goal a reality.
Here’s my advice. No, wait a minute. I’m going to let the one, the only, the lovely Bruno Mars sing some advice for you in that sweet soulful voice. Let’s give today’s advice in the form of song:
Yes, friends. Throw some perm on that attitude, you’ve gotta relax.
Goal setting should be fun. Setting up your future should excite you and make you eager to get to work. If you are still feeling trepidation, consider breaking those smaller goals down even more. It’s possible that what you consider a small goal might still be a daunting task. Don’t be embarrassed to be a realist – you’ll be much happier with your results along each step of the journey while you’re working towards the larger goal.
I will tell you one thing, sometimes the start on those goals feels like you have miles to go. I just started my training again. In September of 2015, I was working out at an elite fitness center, doing extreme HIIT and TABATA workouts. You know the ones, battle ropes, rope climbing, pushing weighted benches down the gym at a sprint, etc. Today I almost fell over doing kettlebell squat and press combos. When I finished my kettlebell swings, my teeth hurt. I sat down and my quads cramped. I stood up and my legs were shaking. Let me clarify, that was after one set of reps – 25 swings on 12.2 pounds and 10 squat and press on 12.2 pounds with each arm.
Friends, that was a wake up call and I was mortified. However, I gave myself a huge pat on the back because that was more than I did last week, and, when I finished some cardio, I had completed one of my three gym days for this week. Next month, I’ll be on four or five reps with no problem. And, I know that I won’t be there next month if I didn’t start today.
I have also made major progress on one of my in progress novels. I started with my goal of writing 500 words per day. The first day it was a little painful. It felt like I was pulling teeth just to get words down. This weekend, I was so excited to keep going on this story arc that I put down close to 6,000 words from Saturday to this morning’s writing session. Only twelve chapters to go and then I will have completed two novels so far in 2017.
The moral to today’s motivation is this: the purpose of small goals is to take the stress out of the large goal. Relax. Breath. Enjoy. If you aren’t feeling like you can make your small goals happen, make them smaller. It’s okay. What’s important is that you just stay true to your journey and you feed your happiness.
What is your happiness hungry for?
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