“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ― Diana Scharf
Whether you want to get in shape, conquer clear and radiant skin or master the secret to luscious locks turning it into a personal project can be a great way to start. Setting a target and working towards it can be empowering and getting the desired result is a great motivator and confidence boost too. But before you start rushing out looking for the perfect product or drafting your master plan *cue the mad scientist laugh* here are a few things to keep in mind:
Set a realistic time frame for your goal. There’s no point aiming for killer abs in five days or expert yoga skills in a week, no one needs that kind of pressure. There may be super humans out there that can magically shed a kilo or sculpt muscles in their sleep but for the rest of us it requires a lot more hard work and dedication which takes time, especially if you have a hectic schedule.
Stick to it, stick to it, stick to it! Don’t give up. Consistency is key. If you need to do something daily or weekly, then do it daily or weekly. If you do slack off? Hey, you’re only human, pick yourself up, extend your time frame and get back on track. It’s not failure until you give up trying.
Document your progress. Sometimes it’s hard to see how far you’ve come if you don’t look back to your starting point. It’s like when you are trying to write the perfect piece or perfect that artwork you’ve been working on for hours, the more you stare at it the harder it is to see the positives. Take a step back (and take a break from being your personal critic) and give yourself credit where credit is due.
Realise where your results come from. This may sound silly but I have read so many product reviews from people who have complained that the results they saw while using a particular cream or moisturiser went away the moment they stopped using it and therefore they deemed the product rubbish or a waste of time or money. Umm… I hate to be the bearer of bad news but creams and routines are not permanent. If you get your desired result from a cream you used for six months and you stop using it of course the results will fade. Be prepared for ongoing maintenance (that includes fitness too).