When it comes to creating goals, we can become hyper focused on the end result.
While people believe this to be motivating, sometimes it’s quite the opposite! Why?
Days can feel like black and white wins and losses if we don’t see a clear step forward toward our goal.
It can also be distracting! We can be so constantly aware of our end goal that we’re almost paralyzed when it comes to creating better habits every day.
Creating goals is super helpful. It gives you direction and something specific to work towards. If you don’t know what you’re working towards, how do you know if you’re making progress?
However, only looking at where you want to be day in and day out can become exhausting and defeating.
Instead, we suggest: Creating a goal, then finding out what habits you need to work on each day to get you there.
What could this look like?
Let’s say you have the goal of losing 10 lbs in the next couple months.
Without creating specific habits, this could simply be us saying “I need to lose 10lbs. I need to eat healthy and stop eating junk food”
This might be true, but it’s also vague. What does eating healthy look like to you? What’s preventing you from eating healthy now? Is it lack of preparation? Lack of focus? Are you stressed? Are you busy? Are you a chronic yo-yo dieter? When is it hardest for you to not eat junk food?
Once you’ve taken a deep dive in to what’s holding us back right now and have a clear look at what needs to change, then you can start to make a plan for what needs to happen on the daily. If you’re super busy and tend to be unprepared, then preparing food ahead of time might be the main focus you should be working on. If stress is a huge factor for you, you may need to focus on the habits of sleep and recovery to set you up for success.
No matter what you find, breaking down your goals in to what habits are necessary to get you there is imperative.