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Once you’ve decided on your goal and set milestones, it’s time to make a plan to actually make it happen. I’m not a fan of spending a lot of money on things like exercise equipment or organizing solutions before you start to make progress on your goal, but I am a fan of gathering what you need, making appointments with yourself and setting yourself up for success in general.
To start, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you need to schedule appointments with yourself? (Time to exercise, project time, bed time, etc.)
- What supplies do you need to pursue your goal? (Exercise clothes, a journal, recipes, etc.)
- Do you need to rearrange or reorganize an area of your home? (Reading corner, healthy snack drawer, etc.)
- Do you have a way to track your progress? (A chart, calendar, checklist, etc.)
Little things like not knowing where your tennis shoes are when it’s time to exercise or not having a comfortable place to read can actually be fairly big mental obstacles to pursuing a new goal (“Oh, forget it — I’ll just do it later!”), so taking the time to think through those obstacles ahead of time — and to address them as they pop up — is an important part of preparing yourself for success.
Remember, this doesn’t mean you need to invest in new exercise clothes or a collection of fancy cookbooks. You can do this without spending a lot of money by designating an old pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt as your exercise clothes or printing recipes from the internet. I’m not sure why our natural inclination is to buy something new to pursue a new goal, but it’s actually a lot more effective to make do with what you have and use those purchases as a reward than it is to go out and spend a lot of money upfront!
What do you need to do to make it easier to pursue your goal?