How to set and revamp your goals
Feel like you set yourself some January goals and you have no idea where they have gone? Have you achieved them? Have you kept yourself accountable for those goals? Lets revamp them & kick-start your second quarter of the year
The reason why I wanted to write this blog post was for so many of us who want to take care of ourselves and our families, who want to eat real foods and feel good about the food they bring into their homes and feed their loved ones. The problem is the thought that the foundation of ‘nutrition’ isn’t a huge focus to a lot of people because they understandable get caught up ‘weight loss, fast fad diets, shakes instead of meals, quick fat loss’ etc. The fact is, being and feeling rich in nutrition starts from your mindset – develops through your home – and succeeds in your function.
Start creating your wholefood home by using the below steps to goal plan the rest of you year
1. Revisit your goals & check if they are SMARTS goals or not
The key to goal planning is checking that it covers all the basis to become successful – 90% of the time our yearly goals don’t get achieved and fizzle out by march. To avoid this, make yourself check your goals every quarter [3 months] & make sure you’re on track.
Lets talk about SMARTS goals. These are based on the commonly used term “SMART GOALS” but I added an extra bit of help to mine where I felt I was lacking.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-based
S – Steps to be taken
Lets quickly attack each one of these foundations to make sure you can check your goals are viable to revamp.
Specific goals are targeted specified goals with a purpose directly linked to your values. For example, making a goal such as “Be healthy” isn’t really all that specific or targeted as the term ‘healthy’ is way to vague, broad and unguided. A better solution would be “Eat nutrition based meals 80% of my week”. This way you’re forced to think, is this meal nutritious? If you stick to the first vague goal, you could easily get distracted by packets stating they are ‘healthy’, meaning you avoid looking at the ingredients and making an informed decision based on its nutritional value. By keeping the ‘eat nutrition based meals 80% of my week’ focus, you’re directed to check the ingredients and make sure that unknown chemicals, acids and unfamiliar ingredients aren’t creeping into your daily intake.
Measureable goals are how you measure the goals success. Put simply, is there an easy way you can tell how your goal is travelling? If your goal was to lose weight, then choose an amount at which you can track your weight loss progress. If your goal was to lose body fat, or strengthen your muscle tone, go to a gym and get them to measure these for you so you can check your progress.
This is a HUGE factor in goal setting. Can you actually achieve this goal or are you kidding yourself into failing straight away?! You can’t start your year off by creating goals that just aren’t going to be achieved. Maybe you work full time and have a family that you need to take care of. If your schedule is time poor, do not set a goal that takes up your time 5 -6 times a week or a goal that requires hours and hours of dedicated attention, make sure you keep it simple so you can achieve successfully.
This is where most of us struggle and usually where goals go down the toilet. Myself included, have set the most unrealistic goals that it actually shocks me when I look back at them. Keeping yourself in check is a really important factor when goal setting, don’t be unrealistic where you think you could be applying for Masterchef next month when you’ve just began learning to cook, or you want to lose 25 kilos in 12 weeks. It is another step towards setting yourself up for a loss.
I always think “shoot for high expectations” because no one else will do that for you, but keep yourself in check and don’t set goals that you see other people achieving because they are different to you and so are their values, their surrounding and their resources. For example, one of my goals this year was to read at least 1 book of personal development per month. Now this was a smaller number than I wanted to originally aim for, but I knew that if I reached any higher… I would be disappointed in my efforts.
A very important factor when goal planning is making sure it is time-based. Have a specific DAY / MONTH goal time-out period! Personally, I usually plan 3-month goals, 6-month goals, 12-month goals & then I also do a 5 year plan. The reason being that it is insane how quickly a year flies by and before you know it… those 3-month to 6-month goals have crept up on you!
Remember to keep the ‘realistic’ term in your head as you choose your time based goals so that you are setting yourself up for success.
Steps to be taken
This is an addition for me to you. I found myself creating “SMART” goals and not getting as far as I felt I could go because I felt overwhelmed, lost and under the pump with all my big goals I had set for myself. So I decided I would add, STEPS!
Simply, with each goal that I have, I write down every single thing I can think of that actually directs me towards succeeding that goal. The steps don’t have to be time-based or measurable, but they do have to be simple & specific.
For example, my goal to read 1 personal development book per month was slow in the take off of this year. This is when I added my STEPS TO BE TAKEN…
I was able to list approximately 60 steps towards this goal that started anywhere from listening to an e-book when driving or walking to researching the best recommended books that attract my purpose and writing down a huge list of them all like a big checklist.
This is the most important part of your smarts goals because it is the actionable things you will be doing day-in and day-out that heads you towards your goals. If your goal is to eat nutrition based meals 80% of your week, then you need to write down steps such as :-
- Stick to vege / fruit / butcher markets when grocery shopping
- OR – stick to outside aisles of the supermarket
- Purchase wholefood ingredients
- Try 1 new wholefood recipe per week
- Check ingredients of packets / foods purchased
The list could go on! For me personally, after writing such a big list of ‘steps’, I then went through and highlighted realistic, simple and easy to do steps first and tried them out for the first month.
Revamp your goals!
It is time to take the SMARTS steps into action and add them to your goals that you set earlier this year. If your goal isn’t specific enough, change it and alter it so that it is to the point. Ask a friend or spouse if they understand the purpose of the goal straight away without you having to explain yourself. And make SURE they are measurable, realistic, time-based and most importantly, have simple, to-do steps that you will start putting into action tomorrow.
Send through your SMARTS goals to firstname.lastname@example.org for extra help or to share a little bit of your great work because I would LOVE to see what you manage to do…
You can also #humblewholefoods on Instagram to share a goal with your Humble community!