Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. The 7 Ps. One of the biggest self-sabotage we engage in as human beings is not properly preparing. No matter what the reason, over-confidence, laziness, or a subconscious act of self-sabotage, we find ways to not prepare. Want to work out every day after work? Oops. Forgot to bring my gym clothes 4 out of 5 days. Want to eat healthier? Oops. I didn't have time to go to the grocery store this weekend, guess I have to eat fast food for lunch all week. Are trying to spend more quality time with your family? Oops. I just got started watching that new 15 part series on Netflix, and I really want to finish that first. Our life is full of examples of ways we go about sabotaging our goals from the get-go. No sooner than we say "I really should..." we start finding ways to make that goal not happen. This is normal, but it's also preventable. Its preventable by using the very straightforward SMART Goal and mini goal systems. First, set your big goal and make it SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely). For example:
I want to lose 10 pounds in 60 days from today.
Next, write the mini-goals required to be achieved to reach that big goal. There should be lots!
Choose an eating plan to help me lose weight.
Research recipes and foods that are compliant with my eating plan.
Make a weekly grocery list that will take care of all my meals and snacks for the week under my eating plan.
Buy those foods on the list.
Prepare my meals and snacks ahead of time.
Pack my lunch and snacks every day.
Set aside time each day to prepare for the meals and snacks the next day.
Track my eating plan compliance every day.
Track my weight loss weekly.
Now that you have your mini goals, those need to be placed on your calendar to make sure they are planned for and happen on the days they need to happen. You cant just look at the top of a mountain and say "I want to be up there but I am not willing to take the 10,000 steps to get up there." That will quickly not get you to the top of the mountain. Once you start taking those steps, you will eventually get there, but you have to do the hard work to get to that point.
Remember your 7P's and smash those goals!
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