We all have dreams, and what makes our dreams become reality is our ability to break them down into goals. You dream of being a doctor?
Notice here that each goal is a step toward your ultimate dream. Breaking everything down into doable, bite-sized chunks is what makes the whole thing seem less scary. In short, goals are your way of making the seemingly impossible seem possible.
Step 1: Choosing a Dream
Your ultimate dream will determine what goals you need to set for yourself. This is why, before you get going, you need a dream. If you're at a loss, see this video for further instruction.
A Note on Dreams
No dream is stupid.
One of the scariest parts of setting a new physical goal for yourself is that it can leave you feeling exposed and vulnerable. One negative word from someone you love or respect can destroy that glimmer of hope the dream gave you. If anyone insults you trying to lose weight or get in shape in any way, cut them out of your life as much as possible. Such negativity stems from their own insecurities. Do not allow others to demean your progress.
Step 2: Deciding Your Goals
Now that your dreams has been put into words, it's time to give it plausibility. With fitness, this usually takes a basic route.
That's about it. If the goals still seem unobtainable, break each one down further, getting more specific each time.
In the end, it's not the order you do it in so much as actually doing it. It's so easy to get hung up on "perfect" plan that we scare ourselves away from ever doing it in the first place. When in doubt, just start swimming.
A Note on Sticking With Goals
If you fall off the horse, get back on. You will not succeed the first try, but the chances of you succeeding increase each time you do try. Next post, I'll take more in depth about failure and success.
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