1. Think BIG, act small
What is your Mt Everest goal? If there were no boundaries, what would you like to achieve one year, five years or ten years from now? Don’t hold back, dream as big as you can?
Thinking big is exactly that, it’s giving yourself the opportunity to say; ‘okay, I have no idea how I would go about achieving this, but this is what I’m going to aim for.’
For example, instead of saying; ‘I want to lose weight,’ thinking big would sound more like; ‘I want to be the healthiest, fittest and leanest I’ve ever been for my 50th birthday.’ Then it’s time to act small…
2. Highlight your carrot and your stick motives
Depending on the type of person you are, you will either naturally lean towards;
A) staying away from a negative outcome i.e. pain and suffering (the stick motive).
B) moving towards a positive outcome i.e. happiness and vitality (the carrot motive).
For example; some people will be motivated to eat a better diet to experience increased energy (carrot) while other people will be motivated to eat a better diet to avoid obesity (stick). Take a look at your goal, then write 3-5 carrot and 3-5 stick reasons why you want to achieve it.
Don’t skip this section, it’s the deep routed WHY’S that will increase your motivation and force you into action.
3. Set a S.M.A.R.T first step goal
Traditionally SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Let’s take a look at each one;
Specific – Now you’ve decided your Mt Everest goal, it’s time to focus your attention on making your first act-small-goal specific.
For example: What would an improvement in your fitness actually look like? Being able to walk upstairs unaided, running a 5k or doing a bodyweight push up? Specific means your goal needs to be tangible. It needs to be something you can categorically say yes you have achieved it or no you haven’t.
Measurable – This is essential because most people dismiss or don’t recognise the positive changes they are making. Measuring increases self-awareness and provides accurate feedback. When you’re setting your goal make sure you are measuring the key outcomes you want to achieve.
Achievable – Right now your Mt Everest goal probably doesn’t seem achievable. To actually climb Mt Everest, the first thing you’d need to do is allocate time to researching your trip – this is much more achievable. Your first ‘act small goal’, should be so easy it almost seems silly to set it as a goal. We start all our transformational programmes with the 4 domino habits these are habits that are so small they seem insignificant.
“The key to staggering longterm success is small daily progress”
Research – (I know traditionally R stands for relevant but research is the D1 twist) Any new goal or challenge needs research. Success leaves clues, talk to people who have done it before, buy books, listen to podcasts or audiobooks and surround yourself with credible information. There are a million and one ways to achieve an outcome, it’s down to you to chose the path that works for you.
Time – A goal without a date is simply just a wish. The fear of failure stops many of our members from wanting to put a date on a goal, the video below explains why we use time to aim high and fail forwards – hence our motto is ‘progress, not perfection.’
BONUS: Create a goal clarity document.
This can be; your thoughts scribbled on the back of an envelope, a typed up word document on the computer, images that represent your goal or even a powerpoint presentation. Personally, I’m a very visual person so it’s images that work well for me. Numerous studies report the simple act of writing your goal down increases the likelihood you’ll achieve it by over 50%.
What you create really doesn’t matter, it’s the act of doing it that’s important because it forces your sub-conscious thoughts (the things we really want but rarely say out loud) into conscious thoughts (reality).
BONUS 2: Find Accountability
The Latin word for decision literally means to “cut off” when you truly decide to do something the only outcomes are to either; a) succeed or b) die trying.
Accountability is a powerful tool because it will force you to share your goal out loud and studies show you’re less likely to let someone else down than you are yourself. This person can be a loved one, a colleague or even better a qualified coach. Research shows the simple act of sharing your goal makes you more than twice as likely to achieve it!
Suggested reading: Domino habits
Good luck with your goal and remember to always focus on progress, not perfection!
Dedicated to simplifying wellbeing to maximise potential,
Pip & The DayOne Team
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