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Yesterday we talked about identifying your goal for 2018. You can read that post here.

Today we take a look at the next step in the process. We’re tackling this one day at a time so you can spend some time thinking about what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to accomplish it, and why. This isn’t something to rush because you’re going to have 365 days to work toward your goal. It should be something that fits your life.

Grab the big picture goal that you want to accomplish and use it as you work through the next step.

#2 Manageable Steps

The next part of the process takes a little bit of what I like to call “realistic brainstorming.” Weird, I know. So, think about what steps are required to achieve your big picture goal. I’m going to work with the “reverse Type II Diabetes” idea for our examples.

If I’m brainstorming what would be required to achieve this goal it might look something like this:

  • Start exercising
  • Reduce sugar/carb intake
  • Get regular blood glucose/A1C tests to track progress

Okay, so now you know, in general, what is required to achieve your goal. The next step is the “realistic” portion of the brainstorming. Knowing what is required to achieve success, how can you break those requirements down into realistic and achievable steps?

You’ll look at each requirement individually. So, if you have to start exercising to reverse your diabetes then how much exercise is realistic for you right now? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? If you’re reversing your sugar/carb intake how much is realistic for you right now? 150 grams? 130 grams?

See how that works?

You break your required steps down into things that you can do right now without too much struggle or trouble. Yes, it will require you to make changes, but the changes won’t be so dramatic that they feel impossible.

SECRET – The ultimate idea for any New Year’s Resolution is to make a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes don’t often happen with 30-day efforts. I’m a big fan of the Whole30 approach and the 21 Day Sugar Detox and other plans but we’re talking about making a lifestyle change, right? It’s a resolution. So, you don’t have to make dramatic changes right away. If your big picture goal is going to become your reality, it has to become your new way of living and the best way to make that stick is to do so in manageable steps.

Okay, at this point walk away from your project and go do something else. Think about something else. Then come back and consider the steps and the manageable components of it. Start creating your plan. Tomorrow we’ll talk about motivation. Enjoy!

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