Goals: Go Big or Go Home!

Here’s an interesting fact. If you set goals that are too high or ambitious it can cause you to lose focus and gain weight. 

Whoa, what? So, if I decide to run for president and I don’t make the ticket, then I better live at the gym?

From a career coach who believes in going big when it comes to goals, the study behind this proclamation gave me pause. But after I thought about it more, understanding dawned. I realized that when you are stretching yourself to impossible means without a solid plan to make serious progress, it can lead you astray and yes, over to the pantry. 

The good news is this is a claim based on statistics, but there are subjective elements to it. In other words, if you set lofty goals, you can increase your chances of success, or at least making some serious traction, if you have a couple things in place.

Here’s what you need to be successful:

  1. Planning. Even if you divert from the steps you’ve laid out, do something small each day or week to keep you going. Once you start, you’ll really get rolling.
  2. Accountability. Whether it’s a checklist, a partner, or a coach, find a way to hold yourself accountable. In doing so, you’ll be more productive and focused—breaking that earlier prediction. And along with all that focus your productivity will soar.
  3. Coaching. You guessed it. Having someone to help you navigate the hurdles, understand your why, shore up your confidence and hold your feet to the fire will help you get real results. If it’s important to you, coaching is a must. No one crosses the finish line on their own. There is usually a coach rooting them on all the way. 

So don’t throw out your resolutions for this year. Instead, reflect if they are really going to challenge you. That’s right. This is the year to go big or go home. So think about what you’d like to accomplish this year and don’t hold back. I know you will succeed in all your goals, big or small. 

How to Be Happy? Goals: Go Big or Go Home!

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