I’m a goal oriented person. I like to set out with an idea of the finish line or finished product and some sort of timeline. However in the case of a healthy lifestyle, there is no finish line or timeline. It’s a process and it’s a lifelong process. It takes one step at a time…call the step a goal if you want. Do you want to drink more water and less pop/coffee/alcohol as a goal? That’s a great short term goal and a step towards feeling better and doing something great for your body. The great thing about a short term goal, is that it can become a habit and therefore a long term life-giving goal.
I like to frame my life into short term goals and life-giving goals. My short term goals might be doing whatever is needed week to week to train for a race, or training in the gym to achieve a personal best, or trying a new food for a specified length of time to see how my body reacts. My life- giving goals might be to continue training 4-6 days per week, continue drinking 3 litres of water every day, feed my mind and soul every day with educational and spiritual information, get 8-10 hours of sleep every night, and spend quality time with my friends and family.
I believe that each step you make towards a goal means you have achieved a mini-goal. Each mini goal may take you to that short term goal. The idea of long term goals can be overwhelming and frustrating if they are not broken down into smaller goals or steps along the way. A lot of us make lofty New Year’s resolutions and most people fail to achieve them. Why? Because 365 days is a dauntingly long time, and they haven’t thought about the steps (mini-goals and short term goals) that will take them to their long term goal. Plus, what happens if your circumstances change, or you change your mind to pursue something else…will you feel like a failure? Short term goals are easier to manage and when we reach them we feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
A healthy lifestyle has no finish line but that doesn’t mean that there are not steps along the way that get you to that life-giving goal. If I set my mind to doing something or achieving something, chances are, I am going to do everything in my power to get to that goal. My husband thinks I am crazy. He is NOT goal oriented….he is process oriented. He cares more about the “why” than the actual finish line, but as I said with a healthy lifestyle there is no finish line. If we take the mini steps of: self care (do something nice for yourself), self love (no negative self talk), self awareness (move your body in a way that you enjoy), and self nourishment (feed your body real whole foods/water), before we know it we have achieved our long term life-giving goals!
You can reach your goals, the short term, one step at a time ones, and the life giving long term ones. Just take each mini step forward and see where the journey takes you!