How do you measure progress?
It’s a tough question to ponder, as it depends on your goal. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, progress could be watching the numbers on the scale decrease or losing inches from your waist. If you want to read 100 books in one year, you might look at how many books you’ve already read.
It’s really easy to get sidetracked from your end goal, get frustrated, and give up completely. The easiest way to remedy this is to set small milestones that you can track. If you do fall off the wagon, you haven’t reversed all the good you’ve done! You dust yourself off and get back on the wagon. Another way to look at progress is to look how far you’ve come NOT how far you still have to go to reach your goal.
How is my progress in reaching my goal? I’m still at the same weight I was two weeks ago. Instead of proclaiming my plan a failure, I think of all the clothes I can fit in now. I think of how much better I look and feel. I may not be losing pounds, but I’m gaining muscle and losing inches. I am running much faster on the treadmill and my push ups and other strength moves are getting easier. I’m using heavier weights. All great accomplishments! But they are usually overlooked when they aren’t necessarily your end goal. That’s why I like to make a goal with an asterisk. Yes, my goal is still to lose XX pounds but the other goals I crush along the way matter, too.
Don’t lose sight of the other, smaller, but just as meaningful goals. They will help you stay focused, present, and “on the wagon”. Treat them just as you would any other accomplishment – with a reward. You deserve it.
What are some smaller goals you can track along the way to your BIG goal?
Drink more water this week. You body will thank you! – Sus