Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” And we all know from our own experience that he’s right. It’s the natural way of humans to simply want ease and comfort which is why many of us end up not turning our goals and intentions into reality.
The problem with most of us is that we create moving targets that we can never hit, like we want to lose a little weight or eat healthier or actually stick with a workout routine!
The keys to hitting our goals are two-fold: steady the target and create momentum.
Stop the moving target
If a shooter is trying to shoot a bull’s eye on a distant target but the target keeps moving it is highly unlikely he will hit it. Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like that moving target. You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet–but without clearly defined goals and methods, you can’t focus and make it happen.
The way to steady the target is to define your goals and write them down:
- How much weight loss do we want to see?
- What kind of changes do you want to make in what and when you eat?
- How often do you want to exercise?
- Which favorite piece of clothing do you wish would fit your body again?
- How much would you like to lift while strength training?
Once you have solid goals you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there.
But you have to start moving toward your goals. That is where momentum comes in.
In his book, Eat that Frog, Brian Tracy discusses the Momentum Principle of Success. In Tracy’s words:
“This principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going.”1
There’s a lot of wisdom in these words. Sometimes, the hardest part of reaching a goal is just starting. That first day of doing things differently or the first experience of bypassing an unhealthy treat in favor of a food that will give you more energy can be difficult for all of us.
So how do you get that momentum? How do you start moving? Accountability is the answer. Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success.
For the majority of us it’s hard to change lifelong bad habits on our own. We need radical motivation that comes from getting others involved in our efforts.
Setting deadlines, making commitments and entering contests all provide an external motivation that will carry you through even the toughest temptations.
And once you get started, you will find that the momentum principle kicks in and it becomes easier and easier to keep going.
You can stop the target from moving and blast the bull’s eye right out of it by taking a few minutes to write down exactly what you want to accomplish. The key is not to make your goals too broad; be specific, then begin brainstorming ways to get others involved with you; that will provide your momentum. Success is within your reach. You can do this!
Oh, and remember, we’re here to help you the entire way! ☺
1Tracy, Brian (2007-01-01). Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (p. 107). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.