The Big Goal
Many people have a weight loss goal that they are striving to reach. Whether they want to lose 20 pounds, or 50, or 100, they have a number in mind. However, what many people neglect to keep in mind is that they should not simply focus on the big goal. There are actually four steps to success in terms of reaching that big goal. People need to focus on the first goal, the little goal, the middle goal, and the big goal.
The first goal is the goal that is set just to make sure that you are starting out with the program properly. It can be a small as one or two pounds. Even if you have a lot of weight to lose, the first goal is in place just so that you are able to see that you can do it at the very beginning and you have an accomplishment early on that you can use to congratulate yourself and use to bolster your self-esteem as you move forward in your plan. Then, there is the little goal. The little goal can be closer to 5 or 10 pounds. With this goal, you are showing yourself that you can do it. Even though you have not gotten very close to your big goal yet at this point, you are showing your self that you are truly capable of doing what it takes to get there. You are not going to lose 50 or 100 pounds in a short period of time, so you need to celebrate all of the accomplishments you make along the way.
The middle goal may be realized a little bit further down the line. If your overall goal is to lose 50 pounds, your middle goal may be 25 pounds. If it is to lose 100 pounds, your middle goal may be 50 pounds. In any case, once you have reached your middle goal, you really have cause to celebrate as you are halfway there, and you get to take all of the credit for that.
Your big goal to lose all of the weight that you want to lose is the ultimate goal. Once you reach that goal, you will have not only lost all of those pounds, but you also will have reinvented your lifestyle and made yourself into a happier person whose health is has been improved both physically and emotionally. Though the big goal may feel like it is the most important, all of these goals are actually very important and should be treated equally. Every step you make on the right path should be celebrated.