It takes courage to make lifestyle changes and faith to overcome our obstacles. My hope is that by sharing my personal and professional experiences with you, we can both be courageous in our journeys of faith and fitness!

Step 4 of Successfully Setting and Reaching Goals

Steps 1-3 are complete and you now have a measurable, positive goal written out and you’ve thought so much about it, you are DETERMINED to go get it!

Now on to Step 4!  We’re almost ready to run!

Underneath every goal should be a list of steps.  It’s like looking at the top of the ladder from the bottom and noticing every wrung in the middle.  You reach goals, by climbing 1 wrung at a time.

The wrungs or steps in your list are your actions in your plan.  They are the very things you will DO to get to your goal.  Small steps are small for a reason.  They are achievable steps taking you to the goal.  Every small step in the right direction is worth celebrating!  So make the list of your steps small and achievable.  Don’t write out 30 at a time.  Start with 2 or 3 and add to the list each week as you learn and succeed.

Going back to our goal we set in step 3, here’s an example of a few detailed action steps.

Goal:  I will weigh 140 by January 31st (lose 5 pounds) which will give me confidence to continue on!

Action Steps (We like to call them success markers because each action completed is a mark of success):

1.  I will walk for 45 minutes 5x/week.

2.  I will eat 1200 calories/day.

3.  I will keep an online food log 6/7 days a week to keep me on track.

Time to turn your goal into a plan!  Go write your action steps down.  If you need help with the plan, that is what we specialize in at  Check out our plans here.  Here’s to 2013, your year of success!

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.  Set small goals and build upon them.
Lee Haney

Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground.  If makes it feel needed.
Charles M. Schulz

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