Success. We all want it to some degree but what exactly does success look like to you? Spending time at the Salvation Army recently has really put this in perspective for me. For some people being sober today is success. For others being successful means buying a new home or running a marathon or eating out less often. It all depends on you. So no matter how you define success or what it is that you are aiming to achieve, here are some ways that you can set yourself up to win 🙂
- Define the outcome you want. Think about why do you want to achieve this and make sure that it makes sense for your life. Be detailed and give yourself a realistic target date.
- Gather resources. Do you need equipment (running shoes? a gym membership? a bike?); are there groups or clubs that you can join to learn more about technique or get some coaching? Does the local library (or friends) have any good books that might help you?
- Enlist support. This is SO important! Surround yourself with like-minded others who support your goals and vice versa. There is strength in numbers and like they say “TEAM = together everyone accomplishes more”.
- Work on your planning & time-management skills. Pare down your “to do list” to the things that you must do and the things that truly enrich your life. Obviously you have to do laundry and go to work even if you don’t love it (may I remind you that it is called “work” and not “super happy fun time” – there is a reason that you are getting paid to do whatever you do). Don’t do things just to put on your resume or because you feel obligated; instead select a couple of things that you are really passionate about and invest your time in them.
- Monitor your progress. When I did my undergrad thesis, my supervisor would meet with me every 2 weeks to see how I was doing. I recommend setting up regular check-ins with yourself or someone else to monitor your progress as you work toward your goal. It’s also key to come up with a way to measure your progress before you start. Fitness testing and body measurements are a good place to start, however you may want to keep a food journal for a few days or complete a healthy lifestyle questionnaire. Then you can periodically re-test and compare to see how you are doing.
- Have a work ethic. There will be times when sticking to your goal sucks. Maybe you really want to eat chocolate cake that Sally brought into work for the third time this week. Maybe you just don’t want to go running today. “Opportunity may come only once but temptation leans on the doorbell.” Suck it up princess.
- Revel in the glory when it’s all done. You should be proud of yourself when you accomplish your goal. Celebrate with awesome people and bask in the satisfaction of knowing that you did it!