Goal Setting

Goal Setting: Today’s the day! Are you ready?

02E78918It’s officially the New Year so all those resolutions you’ve been thinking about start now! If you haven’t already sat down and written out your goals for 2013, that would be a great place to start with your goal setting.

Goal setting (and writing them down) is one of the best things you can do to ensure that this isn’t just another year of false promises to yourself.

Ever since I can remember I have believed in the power of goal setting.  Writing them down on paper, looking at them daily and visualizing what my life would be like after I achieve that particular goal.

The first time I can remember setting a significant goal was when I was 17 years old.  My younger brother Greg had just gotten his driver’s license and all of a sudden we had to share the family car (1963 Ford Galaxie 500) with each other.  To make matters worse since he was a boy he got it most weekends because he was taking girls out on dates.  My parents theory was boys should be picking me up.  That’s when I decided that I wanted to buy my own car.  I had a job at H. Salt Fish – n- Chips and I was no longer going to spend my money on clothes.  I needed a car.  I set the goal that at the end of that summer I would buy a car.  I started shopping around and decided that I wanted a Volkswagon Beetle.  It seemed like if I could save $800 I would have enough to buy one and get it licensed and pay insurance..   Since I made a whole $2.30 per hour this was a big goal.   I figured that I would have to save every paycheck up minus enough for gas to get to and from work.  No more movies, eating out or trips to the mall.  I wrote down my goal, tore out a picture of a 1968 red volkswagon beetle and started looking at it every day.  I saw myself driving it and the freedom I would have once I got it.

To make a long story short at the end of the summer I bought that car (I didn’t know that it was a stick shift so I had to spend the first 2 weeks learning how to drive it) and learned the very powerful lesson of how your life can change when you set goals and work hard to achieve them.  How sacrifice pays off in the biggest ways and the joy you get from achieving a worthy goal.

So what does this have to do with IdealShape you might ask.  Well at the beginning of 2012 we set some hefty goals for the year.  As a CEO it’s my job to help create the vision, get everybody on board (even if sometimes they don’t believe it’s possible) and then remove the obstacles that are preventing us from achieving our goals. (like when you find out that the vendor you have been working with for months to make your new meal replacement bar doesn’t even have the right machines to produce it so you have to start all over with someone else ). So goal setting is pretty important to us.

We set goals for how many people we would help lose weight.  How many employees we would hire and help to achieve their goals. How we would reward the winners in the Ship Shape Contest.  What new CD’s we would bring out this year.  What would be in our new book.  What flavor we would end up picking for our first ever Meal Replacement Bar. I’m excited to say that we have achieved every goal that we set at the beginning of this year (the new book is at the publisher and will be launched by the end of January).  Even though there were many times when some of the team didn’t think we could do it.

These were big goals for a fairly new company but it just shows how powerful goal setting is.  So if you’re struggling to lose weight and find your ideal shape.  Start with a simple goal (one pound a week) and make small steps to achieve it.  Don’t get discouraged when it doesn’t happen.  Stay focused and visualize your new shape, how you’re going to feel once you achieve it and what you’ll be able to do.  Recognize that you didn’t put the weight on in 30 days (more like 10 years) so it’s unrealistic to think you’ll take it off that quickly.  Look for the positive and reward yourself (not with treats) as you achieve your weekly goals.  Also know that we’re here for you every step of the way.   I can honestly say we have the best customer service group in the industry and they will do all they can to help you be successful.  So make 2013 your year to get healthy and achieve your IdealShape for LIFE.

Other articles you might want to check out:

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