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Need help setting & achieving goals? KNOW the difference between process and desire!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Goals are the translation of desires into actions. Since you can only live one day at a time, losing anything more than one pound healthily is not a goal, it is a desire. It is easy to understand then that every goal-desire should defined as an action or behavior and be attainable at the daily level if you are starting out.
Process goals are two to three behaviors you can measure and achieve daily that are directly related to the desired outcome. Your process goals can change and should change over the course of your journey to the outcome goal, meaning you'll constantly be working on something new and ideally, won't get bored or lose motivation and give up. So if you want that 50-pound weight-loss goal, set it—but set it as a function of how much exercise, what food you are going to eat each day. Process goals are completing actions like deciding on a diet plan, journaling, increasing your weekly workouts, buying healthy groceries to cook at home and removing unhealthy foods from your home, visualizing & practicing avoiding and dealing with temptation….
One thing that is crucial, though, is that if you're going to accomplish something huge, you MUST acknowledge the little wins you're having along the way. You MUST see that your ARE making progress! These smaller goals help you feel accomplished on a regular basis, which keeps you motivated to continue to follow through with your plan. Acknowledging these smaller successes is extremely important. Accomplishing big goals just means that planning your path to success needs to have more steps and more focus on celebrating those smaller steps. Since most goals do require daily work, having support in your process goals can be key if you have trouble self-motivating. In other words, REWARD yourself when small goals are accomplished! Sounds like that old adage "take it one day at a time" with a daily plan is true, after all.

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