Why do we need goals?
Having goals and working to accomplish those goals could be the single best thing you can do to ensure success in your weight loss journey using the ketogenic diet. If we do not have goals that we consistently work towards then we can wind up with an aimless journey bouncing around from one diet to another and getting nowhere. If you do not know where you are going then any road will get you there, or will it?
Goals vs hopes & wishes
Most people think they have weight loss goals but in reality all they have are hopes and wishes. They wish they can have a better body. They wish they were in the best shape of their lives. They hope that eating a little healthier one day a week and thinking about going to the gym will be enough. The reality is that if we do not understand the difference between hopes, wishes, and real goals then you will be on a long road to nowhere.
What’s the difference?
Hopes and wishes are just that but goals take continued, focused, and committed work every single day, especially when it is a diet goal as our diets are one of the largest parts of our daily activities over most other activities. Let’s face it, we eat several times a day, every day. This is why most people do not achieve the diet goals they set out to do, or at least think they set out to do.
Ever wonder why you set a new year’s resolution only to make it to about January 5th before it’s over? That was a wish, you made a wish, not a goal.
We simply cannot go through life speaking affirmations and dreaming of everything we want to accomplish without a focused effort towards these goals.
As Jim Rohn said “Affirmations without discipline are delusions”.
So what it really boils down to with accomplishing goals is self-discipline.
What is the definition of self-discipline? “Doing what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
Let’s put that into the ketogenic diet realm. What’s the definition of self-discipline with dieting? ” Eating what you should eat, when you should eat it, whether you feel like it or not.”
So let’s look at a few things that will help us not only set proper goals but steps to actually achieving our goals.
- Visualize your goal. Sit down and look at it. Simply writing goals down does not trigger your subconscious mind to begin and find ways to accomplish your goal. Imagine you have already reached your goal, what does it feel like? What does it look like? What has changed around you? If you know someone that has already achieved the success you want study their life, their process.
- Tell people. Ask them to help you with your goals. Choose someone with a history of following through. Ask them if you could be accountable to them and ask them to hold you to a higher standard. It’s a lot easier to not follow through with your goals if you are the only one who knows about them.
- Break it down. Plan on how to reach your goal one step at a time. Often we become overwhelmed with the magnitude of the final product and when we cannot see how we will achieve such a large task we give up. Break it down and follow the process. I will talk about the process in another video.
- Give yourself a deadline for each part of the process as well as a final due date. If you do not have a timeframe setup ahead of time you will be much more likely to procrastinate. Procrastination kills goals, procrastination kills progress, procrastination kills success.
- And finally, play the role. Some like to call this “fake it until you make it”. Simply see yourself as successfully accomplishing each task, each part of the process, and then finally finishing the journey to the ultimate goal. If you do not believe that you can obtain your goal you simply won’t. If you are having a hard to believing in the end result then make sure you practice the first step every day. Visualize it, see yourself there, pretend you are already the person you would be after the goal has been accomplished.
- Be clear with your goals, write them down, and remember to practice self-discipline when on your goal journey.
- If you get side tracked look back to the written goals and remember why it was you started in the first place.
- If the goal you set out to accomplish wasn’t important to you then you wouldn’t have set it in the first place.
- After you are done, reward yourself!
Scott West M.Ed. BSCS