HOW TO SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR GOALS

MAKE EACH DAY COUNT BY SETTING SPECIFIC GOALS TO SUCCEED, THEN PUTTING FORTH EVERY EFFORT TO EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS” – LES BROWN

Isn’t this quote by Les Brown so fricking powerful?!

It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the magnitude of your goals and give up on them, but if you set realistic expectations and break each goal down into manageable steps then you can get there.

Moving the goal dial just 1% every single day will help keep you on track….and perhaps even have you exceed your original goal (see below for my story on exceeding my original running goal!)!

If you set yourself yearly goals, consider setting realistic expectations for what you can achieve each month or even in 6 months.

If you set yourself monthly goals, consider setting your expectations for what you can achieve each week or even every 2 weeks.

If you set yourself weekly goals, consider what you can achieve daily or during the working week.

And finally, you know it, if you set yourself daily goals, think about what you can really do each hour.

Once you’ve done this for a few cycles (whether that’s months, weeks, days, etc), review whether you regularly exceed your expectations, meet them, or do they often fall flat.

  • Regularly exceed? Then you know you need to raise your expectations, right? Set yourself up for success with greater expectations so you have something higher to crush!
  • Meet? This is really great, go you! Now, can you do something a little extra perhaps to push yourself just 1% further along?
  • Fall flat? Don’t despair! Consider lowering your expectations to 50% of what you can achieve. If that still doesn’t work, reduce by 75% or 80%. Lowering your expectations doesn’t mean you are a failure at all. It simply helps set you up for success by ensuring you are achieving regularly.

Go out and smash the shit out of what you want to achieve. And remember, planting seeds today won’t show results tomorrow. Keep at it. Consistency is key.

You’ve got this!

Back in 2015, I set myself a goal of running a 5K race. You can read my full story here, but to cut a long story short, I went more than 300% above my original running goal. WTF!?!?


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One response to “HOW TO SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR GOALS”

  1. I am really bad for setting unrealistic expectations, so I really appreciated this. Thanks Coach G!

    On Fri, Feb 11, 2022 at 6:53 AM GMacSpurr Coaching wrote:

    > GMacSpurr Coaching posted: ” “MAKE EACH DAY COUNT BY SETTING SPECIFIC > GOALS TO SUCCEED, THEN PUTTING FORTH EVERY EFFORT TO EXCEED YOUR > EXPECTATIONS” – lES BROWN Isn’t this quote by Les Brown so fricking > powerful?! It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the magnitude of your g” >

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