I've been reflecting on the importance of goals and have come to a decision...if I can make a goal to climb stairs and then achieve that goal in only 1 day, this goal setting thing may just be worthwhile. You have to understand that I am now 15 weeks old, weigh approximately 20 pounds and I am not known to have great coordination; in other words, I am clumsy.
So, let's talk about goal setting. Does it really work? Pat seems to think so. In the past 15 years she has been consistently setting goals and achieving them. Once in a while she alters them if the end result is no longer what she is looking for. She tells everyone around her that goal setting will help them get to where they want to go. Having a clear direction, action steps, and realistic timelines will guarantee that you will focus on what is important to you.
Goal setting doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, if you keep it simple you are more likely to continue to set goals. A piece of paper with a goal statement (your end result), a list of things to do to get there, and some timelines around these actions are all you need get going in the right direction. Now, understand that I am a puppy so writing things down is impossible for me. The good news is that apparently even goals you only think about can happen; I proved that with my stair climbing goal.
I am wise enough to know that your goals will be much loftier than mine. Mine are simple: eat healthy food, drink water, go on a few walks a day, and make time to play in the backyard. Yours may involve finances, career, family, health, etc. You may even need to set multiple goals in a variety of areas in your life.
Pat says that stretch goals are also crucial if you are looking to grow. That is interesting as I appear to grow everyday - I guess all of my goals are stretch goals! There is also something about them being SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
It appears that if you set goals, keep them SMART, and make them stretch, you too can learn to climb stairs in a day.
Signing off - Simon