Planning a goal is one thing. But successfully achieving one takes effort and action. How to set a goals pace is undeniably a challenge. Part of the solution lies in the use of smaller goals. Why?
You are developing something that is a process. Work on it with the use of smaller goals. This helps you make improvements!
You’ve taken the action to begin to use successful habits.
Now it is all about setting yourself up with all you have to STAY ON COURSE.
Successful achievement of lifestyle goals requires a sense of pace to stay on course.
What is the connection of this 4th tip, in the series of posts encouraging you to get to the place where you can say “That’s how to feel good at the progress I’ve made”, to YOU?
The Art of Pacing Yourself
When many of us think of pacing we think of walking back and forth. This thought really does not instill in us a positive impression.
Instead, let us put an image into our minds that is positive. To help achieve this and really get the gist of how to pace your goals, place yourself in this illustration:
- You begin a new fitness routine, say, starting to jog. But this is new to you, so you can’t run a full five miles your first day out.
- You start with a shorter distance, combining fast walking and jogging.
- You periodically add more distance each day as your tolerance gradually increases. You monitor your pace. At times this means you push yourself during daily activities.
- In six weeks you find you can run the full five miles most of the time.
This illustrates that by using the methodology of pacing yourself, or using smaller goals to achieve larger goals, you succeed at both types of goals in a reasonable time frame.
Pacing yourself allows time, endurance, and unforeseen circumstances to fall into place with your game plan.
The added benefit of using small goals while striving toward lifestyle goals is to add structure and organization to your activities and to your motives behind them.
Therein lies the art of it – it is to accept that not all things can be done full out.
Why is Tolerance Important?
You many not often think that the steps you take toward completing your goals take tolerance. Yet, the completion of our goals while we fly through very busy lifestyles will never happen if we approach them recklessly.
So how do we succeed at goals while our lives pull us in many directions at the same time? We recognize and learn to understand our own tolerance.
Yes, while mental attitude plays a big role in our success, tolerance, or our allowing a permissible difference to happen in our lives, is important also.
When viewing your acceptance of change and new concepts … which are a part of working toward any new goals … where does your thinking fit in below?
- Do you feel intimidated by how far reaching some of our goals seem to be? Especially when that involves change.
- For you, does even the idea of adding smaller goals into your game plan sound like it would impede your progress? Do you see the concept of pacing yourself as unnecessary delay?
- Do you think that the concept of pacing with smaller, less important goals imposes structure or a sense of loss of freedom of your creativity? Does it come across as control?
- Are you one that sees the setting of a bunch of small goals and a less direct pace increases anxiety? Patience may not be your better virtue.
Understand your Tolerance
Knowing and understanding your tolerance can affect and then drive your ambition to complete a goal. To know your tolerance is to know your own grit, your determination and staying power.
It is to be empowered by your own resilience, stamina, and endurance.
It is to grasp the knowledge of how firmly you will maintain that endurance.
Using small goals, or pacing goals, reduces frustration because defined steps are ahead of you or behind you. You know where you are.
It also provides balance and accountability.
How to Begin
You need to establish a start point and your daily goals.
Establish a Start Point
Begin by establishing a reference point or start point. This can be a date or circumstance from which your goals will be evaluated from or compared to.
Include a means of measuring your results and the completion of your goal.
For example, if you want to increase number of reps, better your time to complete each cycle of reps, or establish a point in which you push past comfort zone. Gradually and systematically increase each of these markers.
Set Daily Goals
In deciding on your daily goals – keep this list short. If you were to see that you would need to get more than 3-5 tasks completed, then your goals could appear overwhelming.
You don’t want the time frame with which to complete your goal to feel rushed or restrictive. Why is this important to you?
Why Only a Few Daily Goals
Listing only a few daily goals is important to your success because:
- You will have interruptions. Some of those would obviously be scheduled within your daily routine. Include a few guidelines for the ones that aren’t scheduled so you can reduce being side-lined with other activities that could cause you to procrastinate and put off completing your goal.
- Most of us over-plan. So keep it doable. Interestingly, many habitually late people are overachievers with their ideas, but are under-planners when scheduling enough time to complete them.
- Pacing includes taking a break. Rest your eyes if on the computer. Food and sustenance are important too. But be in charge of your breaks. Avoid being frivolous or wasteful. Make your breaks rewarding.
- The most difficult step in making goals is often just beginning. As you complete each task, each small goal, and pace yourself toward the next one, it will be encouraging and reinforcing.
It’s all About How to Turn Your Goals into Reality
When you approach goals with this mindset you keep focused. Focused on what is important to you. Your motivation will be centered on the pace you need.
By pacing yourself through the new changes you are making while striving toward your lifestyle goals, you really can turn your goals into reality!
You are already experiencing the success of your goal by your action. How to set a goals pace, on a day-to-day basis, is now becoming part of your routine and daily to-do list!
You’re committed! You now have begun a list of small goals, each with a time frame to make it all happen. Just a few more steps in goal setting will help all those bits and pieces of your smaller goals fall into place.
You have a daily goal list, now what will you do to be creative and successful with it? See this next tip! Check it out!