It’s a new year, which means a lot of us have either set a resolution or goal for the year. Goal setting is great! I’m all about it. I encourage my clients to set goals all the time. However, sometimes we can get caught up in only focusing on the goal or the outcome that we are hoping to achieve rather than the process or steps we are going to take to get there.
How many times have you heard, “Focus on your goal!”? I know I have both said that and heard it countless times. The problem with only focusing on the goal, is that oftentimes we can’t control whether we achieve it or not. What we can always control is what we do to get to that goal. Shifting the focus to the actions or steps needed to get to your desired outcome puts you back in control. If your goal is to lose 20 lbs, instead of focusing on your goal weight, focus on planning your meals, creating an exercise routine, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep. Those are all actions that you can control and in turn will lead to weight loss. It’s a much healthier approach rather than obsessing over the scale every day.
If you haven’t taken the time to focus on the actions that will help you achieve your goal, I encourage you to sit down and write them out. Make a plan for yourself and focus on those small steps each day. Another way to think about it is having small daily goals that are building blocks to reaching the one big goal!