CHANGE. It’s the word we hear all the time at the moment as our world is changing around us. When this happens, we can sometimes feel a little lost as our goals that we were tracking along well to earlier in the year, now feel unattainable. It’s important that we acknowledge that this can happen at any time in our lives, as our priorities change or as road bumps in life come along and make us change our focus.
So how do we positively re-set our goals without feeling like we have failed?
Accept the uncontrollable
As human beings, we like to feel in control of our lives when in reality, there are a lot of actions, events and decisions that happen every day that are completely out of our control. Maybe we get injured or need to care for a loved one and don’t have the same time as before. Accept that this happens, and it doesn’t mean that you have failed, it just means we need to reset the goals we had. Change your focus to what aspects in your life CAN you control?
Set small realistic goals
Rather than creating a new goal to run a marathon in a month, break down your end goal into smaller, more manageable goals that you can have the satisfaction of ticking off as you achieve them. Write these down and tell your family about them as well to make you feel more accountable.
Write down your ‘why’
When you are writing down your goals, make sure you also write down your ‘why’. Writing down your reason why you want to achieve your goals will help you prioritise how important they really are to you. Try to choose a reason that is more than ‘ I want to lose 5kg’ and choose a goal based on your personal values. Maybe you want to be a better role model for your children? Or live longer and avoid getting heart disease or diabetes. These goals hold more weight and will help you stay on track when motivation starts to lag.
When it comes time to reset your goals, it will be easier to re-prioritise and focus on the goals that mean the most to you personally.
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