A Goal Isn’t Enough! I need a Plan.
I went ahead and set some goals for myself this month, but I kind of did it wrong. Luckily, it’s not too late to fix that!
I don’t know about you (obviously) but I know I’m a sucker for marking things off a list. I’ll even make a list that includes stuff I already did, just so I can cross them off. Don’t judge. But with a monthly goal it takes sooo long to get there. How do I know if I’m doing what I need to get there? Where IS the goal?
I really only set one serious goal (though I DO want to do all of them), to be running 3 miles every time I go running. It’s not that much but since I started off the month lucky to get to 2 miles most times it’s a good one for me.
So I set the goal on the 3rd and then only ran once the next week. Par for the course in the life of me. But wait! I am perfectly capable of accomplishing SOMETHING. right? So I thought about it. If I run 3 miles the last day of the month that hardly counts.
So then what does count? I want to run 3 miles everyday the last week of the month. OK, now I know my definition of meeting my running goal. Step 1! Well, lets call it step two since step one was deciding on the goal. Look, I crossed something else off the list!
In that case, on to step three. How am I going to get there? I can’t just sit back drinking wine every night then jump up the last week of the month and go. Since I’d already lost some time to my typical procrastination I was kind of behind, but in this case it worked. I ran 2.25 miles each run for the last week. 2.5 miles this Thursday and Saturday, 2.75 miles all next week, and that leads me to 3 miles the last week. Easy peasy, right? Right.
My last goal was to set a new running goal at the end of the month. This time when I set my goals I’m going to use the 4 step plan.
1) Set a goal
2) Define what attaining the goal will look like
3) Make a plan on how to get there so I can tell at any point of time if I am on the right path
4) Get that goal and move on to the next one.
When you set goals do you make a plan to get there or do you just go out there and do it?