1. Come up with a few process goals that you actually know how to achieve.
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A process goal is something that’s going to help you achieve that overall goal. These goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and tied to a specific time frame (i.e. “I’ll do this for one month, two weeks, for the month of January, etc.). The thing that makes sustainable process goals so successful is that they help you break things all the way down, and focus on one achievable thing at a time.
Here are examples of two different kinds of goals:
Goal A: “I wanna start kickboxing this year and burn a load of calories while kicking arse. Yasss!”
Goal B: I will go to the 7 a.m. kickboxing class at [insert kickboxing studio] on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks, starting Monday, January 2nd.
See the difference? Goal B is specific, measurable, and achievable; while Goal A is vague, nonspecific, and probably too ambitious.
(The technical term for goal B, btw, is a S.M.A.R.T. goal, which stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely.)