I love hearing that seniors are still working towards a goal. You are truly never too old to be working towards making your life better!
The first thing you have to do is have an idea of what you would like your life to look like, and better yet, what it will feel like.
So ask yourself some questions:
What would I like my life to look and feel like?
Where would I like to be more fulfilled?
Is there something missing?
Is there something I’d like to do but haven’t had the courage, time, or (insert some other obstacle) that’s been in my way?
Setting goals doesn’t have to be hard work, neither does working towards them. The key is to break them down into small, achievable steps, which you will learn more about below.
Some simple examples of goals that anyone can attain are things like:
adding more laughter to each day,
getting better sleep,
improving your overall health,
putting your shoes on without gasping for air,
getting more fresh air,
growing your friends circle,
learning a new skill,
taking up a new hobby,
the list goes on!
So how do you go from an idea or a feeling to the actualization of a goal?
Set S-M-A-R-T goals! The acronym SMART stands for…
Be detailed and write down a clear goal. Visualizing how it will feel is the best way to attain any goal because your brain doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined.
If you can feel it as if it were true, your brain thinks it’s actually happening! So close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like to walk every day, put your shoes on effortlessly, lose some belly fat, have more laughter, friendship.
Remember, the key is What would it feel like?
How will you know that you have reached your goal? You might be working forever on something if you can’t see an end to it. Or worse, you quit because what’s the point if you can’t see results in your hard work?!
If you are in a wheelchair and want to climb Mt. Everest there may be some limits to how you would do this. I’m not saying that it’s impossible but I am saying that the more chance you have of attaining a goal, the more likely you are to stick to your plan of action for meeting your goal.
By the way, there are plenty of examples of people who have attained goals with great barriers. Think about Terry Fox, Rick Hanson, and Helen Keller (to name a few!) So don’t be discouraged.
Realistic goals don’t have to be boring. But let’s say you want to lose your belly fat (something I hear a lot from Seniors), it may not be very realistic to want to get a six pack at 86 years old. Nor is losing 40 pounds in 30 days.
Be realistic with setting your goals. Think about the saying that nature doesn’t rush, yet everything gets done. Same rules apply here!
The reason for setting a realistic time to attaining a goal is partly mentioned above. If you don’t set a time limit, you might be working on something for the rest of your days, which is fine but most people will give up, or worse, never start in the first place.
So set a realistic end-date to work on your goal and take one day at a time. Each day you can look at your goals blossom like flowers in Spring.
Now you have a few tools to set some realistic goals to make your life that much richer and more fulfilling. So go get started and contact me if you need help along the way!