Get Into Action! Monthly Goal Setting Tips

If you saw your PoleBody Planner yesterday, you know that today we're focusing on goal setting! With warmer weather on the way, it's time to start getting out of hibernation-mode and renew your energy towards upgrading your life.

Lifestyle changes sometimes can be challenging...There's the initial enthusiasm right off the bat when you're excited about the transformation you see ahead, but then the reality and hard work tend to set in. It's all part of the process--but it's your job to be ready for it.

Take some time today to write out your goals for the month. Think about where you see yourself at the end of the month, in terms of pole goals, general fitness goals, food goals, and your wellness in general. Challenge yourself, but be realistic. It's easy to say you'll stretch every day, pack a lunch for work all the time, and nail that pole crazy pole trick you saw on Instagram...but it's much harder to do if you're not heading in this direction already. Instead, think of things that are challenging but manageable if you put your mind to it. And stay focused--usually one or two small changes are more than enough to keep you busy (and not overloading yourself with plans makes it more likely that you'll accomplish what you intend to!).

Then, make them them specific! Instead of writing something like "eat healthy!" choose a goal that's clear and concise. For example, attend one yoga class weekly or drink 60 ounces of water per day or eat breakfast at least four mornings a week are all clear goals. And when you choose goals that are clear, it's also easier to track your progress and definitively see whether or not you're heading in the right direction.

(I am obviously goal-setting in this picture.)

Once you have your goal list, pinpoint the mini steps you need to take to make them happen. This is just an opportunity for you to break down your goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. So, if you intend to drink 60 ounces of water daily, your mini steps might include finding a water bottle that you love to keep close by all the time, drinking a big glass of water as soon as you wake up every day, and setting an hourly alarm on your phone to remind you to drink more.

Next, it's important to anticipate obstacles--and how you'll deal with them. If you set a goal to cut out soda for the month and then find yourself getting off-track, you need to have a strategy in mind that helps you re-focus. That might mean enlisting an accountability buddy who reminds you why you picked this goal in the first place. It might mean finding yourself a non-food reward that motivates you to stick to your goal, like a good book, a fancy water bottle, or a quiet night in the bath. Or perhaps it means keeping your home stocked with fizzy soda alternatives, like sparkling water or kombucha. Only you know what you need to stay on track--so figure it out and keep those options front and center!

Finally, keep those goals in sight to help you stay focused! Write them in the side column of your calendar and post it somewhere obvious. Set it as the background on your phone (or even set regular reminders to help keep you on track). Put post-it notes around your house to keep yourself motivated. And tell your friends so they can help you stay accountable too!

Want to share your goals? Post them on Instagram and use #PoleBody so we can see what you're working on this month!