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Want to reach a goal? Don’t do this. Do that.

January 1, 2019 Comments Off on Want to reach a goal? Don’t do this. Do that.

I often think of goals in the context of what I need to do in order to achieve them. How about you? While pondering my goals for 2019, I realized that what I don’t do may help me cross the finish line.

The Don’ts:

  1. Don’t eat too much. Cardio exercises and building muscle can only burn so many calories.
  2. Don’t spend too much money.
  3. Don’t waste time on trivial things unless they bring joy. Experiencing joy is no small matter.
  4. Don’t worry. Be happy. Life is too short to fret any of it away.
  5. Don’t quit. This one is often the hardest, because I almost never admit to myself or anyone else that I’m quitting. Instead, I adapt, adjust, change my mind; or, let the goal go, because somebody NEEDS ME! There are meals to make, dishes to do, laundry that’s never quite done. If I don’t do them, how will they get done right?

The Do’s:

  1. Get over myself! I am not as desperately needed to take care of our home and cook our meals as I think.
  • There are great local meal prep options popping up in cities across the nation. I’m loving Busy Bee Meal Prep. If there isn’t a local option and you’re stressing in your kitchen, check out meal delivery services like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Sun Basket. For our family, meal delivery is way more affordable than eating out.
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  • Hire a cleaning service, so I have more hours for income producing activities (IPA – it’s more than a beer).
  • Remember that I do have an awesome guy, who does chip in. Our towel folding techniques may vary (ahem…my way is the right one), but if the they’re clean and put away, it’s a win. Right? I hope no one delivers a eulogy at my funeral admiring the way the towels looked in my closet.

2. Follow Teri Johnson’s advice, because it’s so spot on. She recently Instagrammed a post about Planning, Doing, and Reviewing.

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Today, I’m deciding on my 2019 goals and making plans for how to achieve them. I’ll also be putting check-ins on my calendar to review what I’ve done to achieve them. Learn more about PDR (Plan, Do, Review) on her blog.

3. Follow and stick to a budget. It’s possible to eat well, be fashionable, and have fun without spending more than we have.

4. Extend grace to oneself and others. Things will go wrong. I will make mistakes. Others will make mistakes. I think the fastest way to getting back on track is grace.

5. Have patience with oneself and others. Going slow is often the fastest way to achieve success. As Dave Ramsey mentions in EntreLeadership, every time he reads the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise wins.

What goals are you going to achieve in 2019?

Have you decided on some? I’d love to know what they are and how the 40 Fit N’ Stylish blog could serve you as you get after them! The best way to connect with me is on Instagram @40fitnstylish.

You could help me reach one of my goals by giving me a follow there. I’d like to reach 1,000 IG followers by April 1st and 10,000 by Jan. 1, 2020. It’s taken so long to get to 342. Yet, I know I haven’t done as much work as I could to get there.

I’m contemplating what else I want to have accomplished by 2020. By October, I want to be at my goal figure. My goal weight is 135 and my plan is to reach that by March 15th. Once I get there, I may want to lose another 5. I’m not sure though. You can definitely expect some healthy recipe and fitness ideas from me in the coming year.

One thing I know is that I want to remain steadfast in striving toward whatever goals I set. Steadfast is my word for 2019. More on that later…