Weight Loss: Make it Look Like an Airplane!

A goal should look like an airplane ticket. It should consist of a crystal clear starting point, a very detailed route of travel, a distinct mode of travel and a very clear final destination in mind. Let's look very closely at this example:

The typical New Year's resolution: "I want to lose 20 pounds in 2009."

This is a great intention but it's not really a goal. It certainly does not resemble a plane ticket at all. What happens to someone who says "I want to lose 20 pounds in 2008?" They start off exercising in January, skip a few days in February because of birthdays, Valentines Day and a few work-related functions, they miss about half of the days in March because of work, illness, more birthdays and social events. Then, they believe they can miss a few days because "I have been eating so well." What is happening at the same time? They are consuming more calories with a few splurges here and there and all of a sudden the scale goes up and- "I'm not losing weight!" WOW! What a mystery. OK, so let's venture into April- the weather is getting warmer, spring is in the air and bathing suit season is right around the corner. What happens? Either a crash diet that ruins the inside of your body (but makes you look better outside: so you think) or the more common alternative occurs- NOTHING. What happened to your "lose 20 pounds" intention? It vanished- it's gone forever.

Let's take a closer look at a persons goal of losing 20 pounds that constructs their goal exactly like a plane ticket:

The "airplane ticket" New Year's resolution: "On December 15th at 8:00am, I am currently 20 pounds overweight. I will lose 20 pounds by March 15th. I am going to exercise three days/week, start drinking water daily, stop eating sweets and give up the fried food. This is the 'flight plan' I am implementing to achieve my goal of losing 20 pounds."

It seems much easier to obtain your goal when you make it look like a plane ticket, doesn't it? Break down your goals and create a detailed plan to achieve them. Give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised. The best part? The end goal always seems less intimidating when you break it down into small steps.

Next time you are putting together your new list of goals, whether long term or short term, business or personal, be sure to list them out exactly like the airplane ticket goal from above. It will keep you focused on all the small steps that add up to the end result: accomplishing your goal.

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