Transformation begin with small changes! To fulfill big desires we need to start with small goals.
Not long ago I made a new friend. A young man of 70+ years. During his last check-up the doctor chided him for his high blood pressure. The doctor wanted to put him on blood pressure medication. My friend, however, wanted an opportunity to see if he could make an impact on his blood pressure on his own. So he set a goal!
He recognized a problem (See part 1). Then, with his doctor, he evaluated the problem. He did not stop there. He began to START to do something to change his life.
He set a goal. A measurable, time sensitive and shared goal. For him, it was to walk 20 miles every week. With a follow-on goal of turning the 20 miles into power walking. He shared his goal with his family.
Now that he has his goal set, he gathered the tools. These tools included proper foot ware, wet weather clothe (he lives in the North West of the U.S.). It also included reading about power walking and watching some videos about proper technique.
That covers a review of the S and T of START (See Part 2). Now on to the -ART:
On our path from turning desires into realties we need to recognize, evaluates, set a goal, and gather tools. We then need to take these things and make an Action Plan.
These Action Plans ask and answer: Who, What, When, Where we will accomplish our goal.
- Who needs to be involved? We may only need ourselves. To whom will you be accountable? Sometimes we will need, or should involve others. Such as a doctor, therapist, nutritionist, trainer, friend, coworker, family member or coach.
- What tools will you utilize? This includes, but is much more than, equipment. Most goals will involve some kind of technique that we can learn. Another friend of mine was having panic attacks. A breathing technique was one of the tools utilized to accomplish their goal of dealing with panic attacks.
- When will you work on the goal? How many days per week? How much time per day?
- Where will you work on your goal?
Run with the plan
Once we have our plan—preferably in writing—we need to run with the plan. It does us little good to set goals, gather tools and learn techniques if we stop at that point. We need to put all the prep work into actions. Run with your plan in confidence!
Test your plan
It is important to know if our plan is helping us achieve our goal and if our goal is leading us toward accomplishing our desired objective. It is not a matter a plan failing. Failure only occurs when you give up completely. It is helpful to be objective when assessing if a plan is working or not working. This we can tune and adjust the plan or changed the focus of our goal.
Two important test questions concerning your current plan:
- Am I getting closer to achieving my goal?
- Is this goal getting me closer to achieving my objective?
Honesty is key! We can always learn new techniques, change equipment or modify our plan.
By setting appropriate goals we can change our lives, achieve our desires and impact the lives of those around us. If you feel stuck in the goal process let me know. I would me happy to do what I can to help you achieve victory. (david@HealingTheWoundsOfWar.com)