A goal without a plan is just a wish. I don’t remember where I read that, but the idea was reiterated on page 9 “The tragedy is that everyone thinks they already have goals. But what they really have are hopes and wishes.” (The Power of DISCIPLINE: 7 WAYS IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Brian Tracy.)
I realized I had no deadlines on what I thought were my goals on the whiteboard in my garage. Was that why I did nothing to accomplish them last year? Seems silly, but maybe that is it. When I was focused on getting debt free, I had pay-off dates for everything written on that whiteboard. I took great joy in changing the countdown-to-pay-off number every month. Now I just had my 3 goals that weren’t happening.
Time to re-evaluate and follow the 3 simple steps:
- Write down the goal. I never wrote a weight loss deadline down because I didn’t want a record of my failure.
- Create plans to achieve the goal. My plan of starving close to the deadline (wedding, reunion, etc.) never worked. I never wrote the amount of weight I wanted to lose each week or month because I didn’t want my husband or kids to do the math.
- Work on the plan daily. I thought I did, but it was often the cycle of blown diet by noon, so try again next Monday or next month.
I erased that whiteboard and put deadlines on my 3 big goals.