The Math in Your Goals
This past Saturday marked the first day of November so it was on my radar to sit down at some point this weekend and evaluate my goals for October. It was also the time to dream up some new ones!
Monthly Goal Setting
Writing down your goals seems cliché, but it is cliché for a reason. One thing that is missing in crafting goals is checking in with yourself to see how you did. If you miss a goal you may want to continue to strive for it again. I have often used this strategy. It can also aid you in the conclusion that your goals were not broken down enough in order to achieve them. For example, after years of not having a structured exercise program you join a gym, and state your goal is to work out every day. You will most likely come up a little short since this is a huge schedule change. The right move would be to start more modestly and aim for three days a week. Biting off more than we can chew is not the path to success! It is often setting ourselves up for failure which can be mentally frustrating.
Small habit changes lead to big goals and accomplishments. If you have set goals before, but it never felt impactful and the cliché never came true there could be a few road blocks. It could be possible that you did not have the passion for it, and as a result you did not embrace the work and dedication necessary.
In my recent studies with the Precision Nutrition Program, Dr. John Berardi who created the course talks a lot about our “readiness for change.”
Our attitude is a huge part of success. Choosing a goal that is joyful for you or meaningful to obtain is critical. If that desire is not there, you may have to work on your mindset to get ready to embrace a change before you set any new goals.
Ask yourself to indicate on a scale of 1-10 how willing you are to do the work to change this aspect of your life. How much do you value you this goal? Time is finite. In order to achieve one goal it must be valuable enough for it to take up space in your life.
Evaluate Your Goals
How did my goals perform last month? I sat down for a little bit on Saturday afternoon to review my goals and evaluate how I did.
Get More Sleep – Success! I have been finally going to bed earlier so that I can rise on the early side. I have been getting “more” but I am not exactly sure how much so that led to helping me craft my November goals…
Cut Back on Coffee – Also went very well. I was up to 3 large cups a day and cut it down to 2. I seem to be fine with managing this amount and I love coffee so I am staying where I am.
Take Fish Oil Supplements Daily – It took a while to make this a habit, but I am doing really well. I take one after lunch and one after dinner. I have read so many good things on the anti-inflammatory benefits of fish oil and I am glad I finally got this habit to stick!
Read One Motivational/Business Book – I read #Girlboss which I really enjoyed and think would be a great, quick read for any woman in business. I also listened to Tribes on Audible by Seth Godin.
Short Walk Daily – I was doing really well with this habit, and stalled recently. I am not sure what happened to be perfectly honest. Some days it has become too late and dark to walk, and I have missed the boat. I want to continue it as a goal for next month because I really like the time outside.
I realized that my goals for October were all positive which was great, but I also came to the conclusion that I was a little vague. None of my goals except for reading one motivation book were specific. How long is a short walk daily for example? Does walking to the mail box count? I realized that I have to be more measurable when it comes to stating my intentions…
Eat 6 Servings of Veggies Daily – I have been slacking in the veggie department lately. Sometimes I have not really been in the mood for them, and others I do not want to take the time to wash and cut so many vegetables. It happens to the best of us! For example, the other night I grabbed a bag of brown rice chips to go with my hummus. A vegetable like celery or a pepper would have been a better choice. Not that you always have to say no to chips, but I also had not had a single vegetable that day. So it is important to make this a bigger priority.
Build My Glute Strength – As I have mentioned on the blog before, my glutes are my Achilles heel when it comes to my fitness. They just are not as strong as I would like and it often holds me back from a lot of weightlifting exercises I would like to perform. I also go back and forth with possibly doing a Bikini Competition down the road so I have to bring up the rear so to speak.
I have learned that physical goals need to be measured with a circumference measurement and supported by pictures (ideally both). Without that evidence it can difficult to notice the progress since we see ourselves every day. For me, I will probably just take a few pictures. You should also couple your aesthetic goal with one that is performance related, and mine would be a full squat.
Daily Prayer – I practice daily gratitude and attend church regularly. However, I would like to say a short prayer every night. Nothing formal, but just to be more in touch with my spirituality.
Read One Motivational/Business Book – Next up is Lean In…I have heard it was fairly controversial so I am intrigued.
I also broke my goals down into different categories: business, relationship, health (eating, training, and spiritual) which I also found helpful.
I wish you the best in pursuit of your goals this month. Do not be afraid to check in if you need some advice or some thoughts on how to make the process run a little more smoothly.
Question of the Day: Do set any monthly goals?
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