You’ve done it! Climbed that proverbial mountain! Maybe you set a PR at a road race or reached a new dress size or strength goal. Congrats! But now what …
I’m a big fan of goal setting. I’m currently doing the 100 Burpee challenge and I’m on day 16. It’s simple enough: on the first day, do one burpee; on day two, do a pair of burpees; and so on, building up to 100 burpees sometime in March. It’s been easy initially but I know it will be more and more challenging as I go!
Once you reach a goal, you’ll need to make a transition though. After all, you’ve done what you set out to do, so here are some suggestions for the next steps.
Evaluate. Was the goal too easy, too hard, or just right? Did it consume your life and drive your friends and family crazy? Or was it inspirational and you want to do more? Think about what you did and didn’t like about your the goal you just reached and it will help you to determine the next one.
Rest. You’ve achieved a goal! Celebrate and relax a bit before you move on to your next achievement. You’ve earned it and you need to appreciate what you did, so take a moment to mark the occasion. Feel free to reward yourself too.
Pick your next goal. If your goal was to do 10 pushups and now you’d like to do 20, that’s a pretty straightforward goal. But if your goal is to do something more complicated, like climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, you might need to do some research. Take your time narrowing down your options and getting all the information you need.
Begin. The final step is to start striving towards your next goal! Enjoy the challenge and track your progress. You’ll be even more proud when you reach a new benchmark if you can see where you came from.
How about you? Are you working through a goal right now? Are you ready to set your next one? Let me know what you’ve got in mind.