Updated: Apr 16, 2021
How is/are your 2021 health & fitness goal(s) coming along? In January and February, there is often a lot of excitement around our goals. We get asked about them by friends, social media encourages us with #goals2021, books stores are filled with #goals journals and the new year gives our new goal energy. We've got momentum.
Now it's April. How is it going? With the first quarter behind us, it is a great time for goal calibration. If you're familiar with the PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) in business management, that same 4-step process can be used to manage our health & fitness goals. By April, we've got the plan and we've been doing enough of the "do" to take a step back and calibrate the goal. The purpose of this calibration is to answer this question:
Do I want to reaffirm or revise my goal(s)?
Step 1: Reconnect with Your Why
Why did I set this goal?
Is that still important to me?
What are benefits of accomplishing this?
Step 2: Draw Out the Positives
What has been energizing about this goal?
What have I learned about myself in the process?
What new knowledge do I have?
How and when am I being most successful?
Step 3: Calibrate
Am I doing the things I said I would do?
Am I getting the results I anticipated?
Have I faced new obstacles or barriers that I didn't anticipate?
How confident am I in my progress? (1 = no confidence, 10= total confidence)
Step 4: Decide to Reaffirm or Revise
If your "why" still resonates, if you still see positives and you're somewhere in the 9/10 on the confidence scale, go get it girl!
If you are not where you want to be, revising is not giving up. Revising is being real. Revising is adjusting to the conditions. Revising is recommitting.
“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton
Next week, I'll share some questions you can ask yourself during the revision process. If you want to bounce your thoughts off someone, get another opinion or profess your reaffirmation out loud - I am here for you. Feel free to schedule a chat.