I made my decision
The first step was easy. I made my decision. I set my goal. On July 1st 2015, I will be slim and fit enough to take a golf surfing class. Although this decision will help me reach this goal, I’m pretty sure there will be more to it. I’m going to have to act.
But before action, comes a plan.
The next step
So that will be step two I suppose, a plan. First, I’m going to break up my goals in smaller pieces. Because July 1st 2015 is still far far away. Knowing I’m the “I want it nów!” type, you’ll understand I will not be able to wait for results that long. Can anybody? So, I need smaller steps, earlier deadlines. For example, I break up the weight loss goal into steps of 5 kilo at a time (roughly 10 pounds). Running of course is also easy to break up: 2 minutes without stopping, 15 minutes, 30 minutes…and so on (or to be honest, I will already be very pleased with 30 minutes!). To make sure I don’t lose interest (remember, I want it now), I make sure my first milestone is not too hard, not too far away. Also, deadlines tent to make me work harder.
Finally, the fun part begins, linking rewards to my milestones. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the reward. For the first few months, I’ve chosen rewards that have some sort of link with the actions, like a new running outfit or a book about surfing. As I expect the effort to become bigger and bigger as times passes, I also made the rewards a bit better. A new laptop for example. For the ultimate end boss…eh sorry, end goal, there is of course the ultimate reward: my own surfboard. Luckily, I will have some time to safe up before then.
And now…time for the actual implementation. Normally, I would already be tired of just thinking about it, but now that I’ve made my decision, I’m actually excited! Better yet, I can’t wait (did I tell you already I’m the “I want it now” type?). If you keep doing what you have been doing, you can expect the same results. So, I will have to change my behavior to reach my goals. Time for action!