Six months from now, you could be in a completely different place.
You can continue living as you are, being pushed and pulled by all of these forces...
Or you can take a stand and start forging your own path.
A great place to start is by asking questions that will help you put together a coherent plan.
So, today I'm sharing an exercise that all of my clients go through at the 6-month mark where they either graduate and go on to crush their lives (WITH a clear goal) or stay in the game with me to dig deeper on their specific goal.
1. Your #1 Goal
What is the absolute, numero uno, most essential thing you would like to achieve over the next 6 months?
It must be ONE THING.
Now close your eyes and get specific af...
2. What Needs to Happen?
List out the SPECIFIC actions that you expect will play a role in achieving your 6-month objective.
These are not necessarily all that needs to happen at once, but over the course of the 6 months.
Examples for a health-based goal:
3. What Needs to Happen NOW?
There are SO MANY ways to tackle health goals. Just because you can think of a ton of different actions, doesn't mean you need to try and do them all tomorrow.
Think of it like the concept "minimum effective dose."
What are the two most effective actions you could begin tackling tomorrow that you would move you towards your goal?
4. How Will I Measure Progress?
This is why getting specific with your goal is important. Remember, what's measured can be managed. I see far more people get discouraged about their goals because they don't have a proper system for tracking their progress.
If your goal is less substantive than "lose 4" off waist," you can use a habit tracker such as the Momentum app to track your daily compliance on things like step target or logging (actions that when done consistently would lead to your goal).
5. How Often Will I Check In?
Checking in on your actions and progress wil determine when or if you need to make changes or upgrades.
Too often and you may get discouraged by not seeing quick enough progress.
Too infrequent and you may find yourself placing unnecessary pressure on each check-in.
For habit-based actions, I suggest some form of daily assessment. For measurement-based, I suggest 2-3x per week to catch overall trends.
Other Helpful Tips:
1. Bring someone into your process.
A partner, friend, family member. Tell them what you're doing and HOW you would like them to support you.
2. Make sure you have everything you need.
What education could you be missing to ensure success?
3. Have something to look foward to.
A trip, a getaway, a (non-food) treat to help you through times when you're not "feeling like it."
4. Set CLEAR expectations.
Expect that you won't always feel motivated, that you'll mess up and won't be perfect. Likewise, set your intention to FOLLOW THROUGH no matter what.
I want you to feel empowered to OWN your health. To stop living in confusion and limbo, to stop falling to predatory, BS tactics.
When you're ready to feel in charge of your own life again, get some paper and pen and complete this exercise thoroughly (and if you're not quite there, just bookmark this post for when you are).