Step 4: Your Goals Must Be
by Dr. Jacob Mathew,
Many people get hung up on how high
the goals should be. If I am 200 pounds now and my ideal weight should
be 150 pounds, that means I should lose 50 pounds. Now should I lose
that 50 pounds in 3 weeks, 3 months, 1 year, or 3 years?
It would have
been nice to do it in 3 weeks; but it is quite unrealistic and dangerous
to do it in 3 weeks. You did not gain all that weight in 3 weeks; so how
are you going to lose it in 3 weeks?
Here is the
problem most of the goal setters struggle with. If the goal is too low,
it does not excite you. It is not worthwhile doing, because
accomplishing it does not give any satisfaction to you. So, it will be
If the goal is
too high, then it will be impossible to achieve and you will soon give
Some people says
that we should set our vision on the stars so that we will get past the
tree tops; but if we target reaching the tree tops, we may not get off
There may be a compromise you can use.
We can set up a
long term goal and then break it into smaller short term goals to reach
there. And we can make corrections as we proceed.
I can set a goal to lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks. If I stay with that rate,
I will lose 100 pounds in a year. (Or 2.5 pounds a week loss will get
you 50 pounds lost in a year, still quite significant.) So, we have that
small step to take; (Remember the journey of 1000 miles start with that
first step!) at the same time seeing the big picture that gets us
excited and motivated to continue with the program.
Give yourself the
rime and resources you need to reach the goals. Set yourself up for
success, not failure. Although I talked in terms of losing weight here,
we should formulate our goals as an end weight as we discussed in step
3. So, if you are 200 pounds on January 1, 2005
You will set a
goal of reaching 150 by January 1, 2006. So, my short term goals are:
195 pounds on January 15; 190 pounds on January 29, etc.