If you’re keeping up with our goal-setting series, you may have already chosen a long term goal (or several) for 2019. If not, check out the post here!
Choosing a goal is an important step, but there’s no use having a goal if you’re not going to put the work in to achieve it. The downside to big, long term goals is that they can be overwhelming. Even when you can visualize where you want to be, it’s hard to know how to get there!
The answer? Break your long term goal into a series of short term goals.
Short term goals are things you know you can get done. For example, buying a new pair of running shoes or replying to an email. They’re simple, straightforward, and easy to build on. If you break your long term goal into the right short term goals, you may reach your objective without even realizing it!
So for example, let’s say your long term goal was to lose a certain amount of weight by the end of 2019. You want to be more active in order to lose the weight, but your knees bother you when you walk for prolonged periods. Here’s an example of what some of your short term goals could look like.
By January 15th: Make an appointment with a physical therapist to address knee pain.
By March 1st: Sign up for a group Pilates class to improve fitness.
May: Take a 20 minute walk outside 3 times per week.
June: Take a 30 minute walk outside 3 times per week.
July: Take a 30 minute walk outside 5 times per week.
By August 1st: Sign up for another Pilates class or other fitness class.
Every short term goal should have a specific time frame and directly aid in reaching your long term goal.
The more you simplify each step, the more attainable your ultimate goal will feel! Plus, you’ll have rewards along the way for each short term goal—like getting rid of chronic pain, spending more time outdoors, and even meeting new people in Pilates class. No matter what you want to achieve, you can always break it down into manageable chunks that yield their own worthwhile perks.