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Digging Deeper into Acheiving Goals

Posted on the 09 January 2015 by Mattie @comfyconfident

Today we have a great post from Kara! She took a look at my goals for 2015 and is pushing me to go deeper, think harder and take steps to help me accomplish everything I want to in 2015. Read on… its very helpful and interesting!


Driving through Salt Lake City

Goal setting. 2015 here we come! Mattie’s goals for the following year are awesome and I will tell you it is crucial to write them down. In my 5 years of being a personal trainer I have learned the difference between two types of goals: outcome goals (long term goals) and behavior goals (short term goals).

Outcome goals are the goals that you realistically cannot control unless you change something about your current actions which we all know is really difficult to do. So now you’ve set a goal but how do you get there? What is your action plan? Insert behavior goals. They are the every day or every week goals you set in place that you CAN control with the outcome goal in mind. Create a specific and manageable action plan.

The personal trainer in me has added some examples to Mattie’s goals to not only help her reach them but to give everyone an idea of how to be more specific so that when 2016 rolls around you can read back and see that yes, you accomplished every goal you had.

1. Practice more yoga – I love yoga but I always struggle getting to class. I am a happier, healthier and  more balanced person when I do yoga so I want to make an effort to incorporate yoga into my weekly routine.

How are we going to ensure that you go to yoga? What does more yoga mean? How much? This is where behavior goals come in. I am going to practice more yoga by buying a yoga package that expires in a short period of time. Or going to yoga with a friend (me?). Or telling everyone on the blog that you are attending a yoga class at X location at X time and would love if people joined AND taking a photo at class to show you went. (Just an idea :) ) {Wanna go to North End Yoga with me? Pleeeeaaase}

2. Run more races – Running is my go-to form of fitness. It instantly boosts my mood and clears my mind. In 2015, I want to run more races (I am thinking a half marathon, and a few short distances too) and work to improve my speed and endurance.

Running is an amazing form of exercise but what races do you want to do? (Run to Remember 1/2 marathon Memorial Day weekend?? I’m doing it!) What running plan will you be on to improve speed and endurance? Check out the calendar and register ASAP. That way you can plan your running schedule and you are much less apt to bail especially if there is an entry fee. Also set a goal time! {ok ok, I am going to sign up for 2 half marathons today…}

3. Volunteer – I would love to give back and help others in whatever way possible.

What organizations would you like to volunteer for? Who are you going to contact? Start with one location to volunteer at, schedule it and blog about it. {done and done… I just signed up to be a volunteer with the YES Foundation to ski with inner city kids a few weekends this winter}

4. Take a trip (on a plane) – Vinnie and I drive all around New England but I would like to go on a plane, take a trip and really experience another part of the country (or world!) with him

Where do you want to go? (Insert awesome honeymoon location!) Pick a week or weekend, book the flight and make it happen. Two months ago I decided to book a 10 day trip to Italy in June 2015 after 10 years of saying I was going to do it. I about had a heart attack but it was important enough for me to have talked about for 10 years and it was (is) a goal of mine so I am making it happen. {Yes, we need to plan and go on our honeymoon.}

5. Grow the blog – I have high hopes for Comfy & Confident in 2015. I want to connect with more people in the blogging community, grow my readership and continue to enjoy sharing my journey!

How are we going to grow the blog? Who are we going to affiliate with, contact, represent, etc? A great way to grow the blog would be to have a fundraising team for an organization that we believe in. A Comfy and Confident TEAM that would ideally include all of you! {I like that idea!}

Make your goals as specific as possible. Write out a schedule, check list or create a calendar and at the end of the day or week, make sure you are staying on track. Changing your behavior and your mindset to what you can do in the moment to reach your goal is the key to getting there. It’s worked with my clients and I know it can work with all of you!

Mattie and I would love to see what goals you have planned for 2015 and the specific steps/actions you are taking to get there!


Success is the sum of small efforts

I am going to have to take a closer look at my goals and really take action towards accomplishing them. Off I go… ~Mattie

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