What do you Expect to accomplish this year? Honestly, now that New Year’s has come and gone, the thrill of a new beginning is starting to wear off, what do you expect to accomplish this year? We’ve talked about goal setting and action steps towards achieving them, now that the excitement and anticipation has worn off…
Is everything on your list realistic?
Good. Knowing that it’s realistic is an important component. Too often around the new year, we set lofty goals and expect incredible things from ourselves. So my Follow up question is..
What are you willing to do to accomplish those goals?
These two questions will help you in managing your expectations for the next 359 days. People who know how to manage their own expectations are able to navigate the twists and turns of their lives much easier. So how do we do it? How do you manage your expectations for yourself?
First, Don’t assume anything. We are hardwired to be optimistic and this can often lead us to over estimating what we are capable of in a given time frame. Be Honest with yourself and those you let in on your goals.
Second, Get Specific with your planning. Regardless of your experience level, you need to have a firm grasp on how long progress takes and on how you will fit it into your schedule. We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a set period of time. Have you ever put 10 things on your to do list and only to accomplish 3 of them and feel like a total disappointment – yeah, let’s not do that- it’s not helpful!
Third, Openly discuss what’s expected and how it’s going to be accomplished. If you live inside your own head, it will be much harder to manage your expectations. We are each the Hero of our own story, but we often leave out the parts where the hero gets knocked down, struggles and has to make a choice. Talking with someone, a close friend, a training partner, a coach, will help add some valuable perspective to your journey.
Fourth, Know how success will be measured. Instead of thinking solely about the end goal as being Success, start focusing on and breaking your goal down into weekly tasks. When you look at a ruler, is it a blank 12 inch stick or does it break the stick down into various measurements along the way?
Fifth, Ask lots of questions and listen to the answers. Everyone of us has preconceived notions, ideas or stories we create based on our life experiences. Throughout your Fitness and Nutritional Adventure, you will develop expectations based on what you’ve experienced and the stories you’ve heard from friends, family and training partners. Instead of creating false expectations, ask questions and keep asking questions until you can set realistic and achievable expectations for yourself.
You need to set the tone to your year early, but the game is never won in the first few minutes. It’s the consistent drive throughout that leads one to victory. If you don’t manage your expectations correctly, it’s more likely for you to flame out quickly and slip further away from the person you can become. Properly manage your expectations, know when to expect more from yourself and know when you’ve got higher priorities. This will make accomplishing your goals more realistic and sets the table for success.