Friday, July 15, 2011

Setting and Achieving Goals, Part 2

Last week, I shared my thoughts on the importance of setting and achieving goals, one of the most important reason being:

If I don’t set goals, I can stop at any time.

It’s easy to talk yourself into quitting if you don’t have some landmarks – some milestones – in mind.

Once you set your goals, though, it’s equally important to keep them front and center in your mind. Without having some sort of method of reminding yourself of your goals, it’s easy to lose sight of them

Just like I mentioned about Tara Costa and her Kona bracelet. Having such a visual reminder keeps Tara focused on her goals.

So, what types of reminders can keep you focused on your goals?

Visual Reminders:

Signs. Handwritten or store-bought, inspiring or encouraging signs can help keep you motivated. I saw a great sign on Money Saving Mom this week that I immediately printed off and hung on the bulletin board in our kitchen. I’m seriously thinking of making my own version of it.


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Handwritten signs adorn my fridge.


Pictures. The picture you use depends on whether you do better with positive reinforcement or negative. If it’s positive, then a photo of you when you were at a size you’d like to be again can be great motivation.

If you do better with negative reinforcement, a photo of you at your heaviest placed on the fridge might help deter mindless eating and late-night snacking.

Objects. Maybe a bracelet like Tara has with your goal weight, a date, or a motivational phrase might help.

Perhaps buying an outfit in the size you want to be – or even just the next size or two down – will motivate you to do the work necessary to get there.

Or maybe the coolest aunt in the world might make you an awesome pillow for Christmas.

yoda pillow

Written Reminders:

Scripture verses. Earlier this week, I shared some of the scripture verses that have helped me on my weight-loss journey.

List of Reasons. One of the best things I took away from the book, The Beck Diet Solution, was the idea of making a list of reasons why I want to lose weight. The lists can range from the deep, meaningful ones – such as feeling more confident, wanting to be around for my kids – to the more trivial, but still important – wanting to be able to wear cute shoes, wanting to look good for my husband (which isn’t very trivial to me).

It was suggested that you make multiple copies of the list – one for home, one for your purse, etc. For the first couple of weeks or so, you are supposed to read the list a couple of times a day until your reasons are firmly planted in your mind and easily recalled when you’re feeling weak or unmotivated.

Spiral-bound Index Cards. In Made to Crave (I can’t remember if it was in the book or on the webcast) Lysa Terkeurst suggests a spiral-bound index card book with – and I can’t remember exactly how she worded it – your new “go-to” thoughts.

Basically, encouraging, motivational words that will help to replace your old, negative thoughts and mindset with a new, more positive thought process. I’ve got mine and sometimes it really helps to flip through the pages and be encouraged.

Those are some of the tips that have been helpful to me in keeping my goals firmly in my mind. What are some reminders that help you stay focused on your goals?

This post is linked to Fitness Friday.

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  1. marvelous_mad_madam_mimJuly 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Photos! Sometimes I will look at pics of me when I was a bit too heavy and other times I will look at photos of me looking quite healthy and I know which one I want to look like now.
    My daughter will say things like 'when you were bigger', she is trying to be tactful I suppose but in a way,that helps too as I really don't want to be 'bigger' anymore..

  2. My kids say stuff like that, too.

    "Hey, Mom, I saw some old pictures of you when you were, um, uh, well, you

    I'm so glad I'm no longer um, uh, well, you know. ;-)

  3. Haven't been online for a while and had to check in with your blog Kris - you're doing so well!!!! Love your inspirations around the house - those ideas will come in handy when I can get back on the weight-loss-treadmill (post-baby).

    Thank you for all your encouragement through this blog. I'm now six months pregnant and still weigh less than I did at the start of the year! Alas I'll have a lot to lose post-baby but your site really helped me get to the point that I knew I could do it and my fitness levels were greatly increased.

    Keep up the good work!


  4. It's so good to hear from you! I didn't realize you were expecting.
    Congratulations! You've got a great a great attitude -- I can hear your
    confidence in that you know you can do it after the baby comes.

  5. This is a great post-so many things I hadn't thought of! Always looking for ways to help me stay focused. Thanks for this! And I SO want one of those pillows!

  6. That pillow is seriously on my list of all-time favorite Christmas gifts.

  7. Is it possible to be a quote-aholic? I collect quotes like some people collect tchochkes. I think about the inspirational ones and repeat them to myself regularly, almost like mantras. I've also made some small signs to keep me focused. A few days ago I went back and looked at some photos. (insert huge sigh) I'm nowhere close to my goal weight, but I'm closer than I was.

  8. I think it's great to have a lot of go-to quotes. It keeps you motivated.
    And, yes, every step in the right direction gets you closer to your goals.

  9. Oh man, I LOVE that pillow!  Way cool.  :)

  10. We just joined the new YMCA in town and I had to buy a lock to keep on my locker, I reset the combination to my "goal weight" So now, everytime I'm at the gym, I have a visual cue and a reminder of that magic number that I'm working towards. 

  11. I am an avid goal setter, living with intention and keeping me on track. Words and photos are great for reminders and motivation! The Yoda quotes is one of my husband's favorites.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for linking up this week!

  12. The Yoda quote has been my mantra almost since the beginning of my
    weight-loss journey. That attitude has been key in my success. I love it!
    Thanks for stopping by and for hositng Fitness Friday.

  13. I really like how all your motivations are all around you!  I read a quote or something every so often, but never do much with it. 

    I am pretty motivated by photos... maybe I should give this a try!

  14. It definitely helps to keep your motivations front and center. You're sure
    to confront one at any given time and you never know when that time is going
    to be the exact moment when you need it.

  15. awesome!!  :)

  16. "If something is important to you, you'll find a way. If it isn't, you'll find an excuse."

    I LOVE this and am going to make my own sign. It can be applied to everything from weight loss to (my students') homework :)

    Blog hopping a little late this week...

  17. My kids don't like it too much. I've quoted it to them a few too many times
    lately. ;-)


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