One tip to help you Stay on Track for 2021
How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? January is the month that we attack our newly set resolution with vigour but by the time February rolls around we have usually let things slip the first cracks have appeared to not achieving the goals we have set.
So, with that warning in mind, what can you do to give yourself the best possible chance to achieve your New Years goals.
Setting a future goal through a resolution is reasonably easy. You decide on what you want to improve on and set a date that you want to achieve it by. You might then write it down on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge so that you are reminded daily and become accountable. But the problem with setting future goals that the finish line is so far away. The final goal date seems untouchable, the mountain so high, the destination way in the distance that you get no immediate satisfaction when you start the journey
Gary Keller in his book, The One Thing, outlines how you can achieve those long-term goals by “prioritising to the now”.
He explains that the secret to achieving a long-term goal is to break it down into incremental micro goals until you discover what you need to do right now that enables you to achieve your long-term goal. His advice was simple and easy to understand.
Break down your long-term goal to monthly goals and say to yourself, “What am I doing this month to achieve my long-term goal?” Keller goes on to recommend breaking down the monthly goal to weekly goals by saying “what am I doing this week to achieve my weekly goals that will help me achieve my monthly goals that will help me achieve my long-term goals. Then he outlines breaking down his weekly goals to daily goals and tasks. This is what he means by pioritising daily tasks and actions to the now. By pioritising your now, or daily goals, Keller explains that it links you to your final long-term goal and gives you a better chance to succeed with you newly set resolution. Hopefully this is of help to you when you are committing to positive changes in your life.
If we put this to a real life example it could be something like this. Your goal is to run a 42 k.m Marathon in early October. That equates to nine months of available training. To break that down to a monthly basis you will need to increase your running distance by 4.6 kms month-on-month for the nine months before the race. That would mean that you would need to increase your total weekly running distance by 1.15 km every week. Say you were to run three times a week then you would need to increase your running distance by a much smaller 383 metres for every time you go for a run. When you break it down like that then a Marathon doesn't look so tall and far away after all.