Hello there! I hope you are fine and all with your day, is your day going great?
Do you have any plans? Short term or long term doesn't really matter right now as we're just reviewing through the plans that we have up ahead in our lives. What is your definition of 'short term' and 'long term' ?
Personally, short term is about 12-36 months and long term would be anything beyond 3 years i guess. That's just a personal view and it should not concern or affect your view on it.
I would recommend the following tips and tricks to start off planning your journey.
Who? When? Why? Where? How?
We'll use these five simple question and it shall determine our plan (I hope. jk)
Who? That'll be you of course (very obvious, unless you already made plans for yourself and is now currently making plans for others)
When? Since we're talking about short term, so we'll put it at 1 - 3 years
Why? This is a subjective matter, it all depends on your purpose. We'll come back to this later
Where? You could have a different view on this but I personally view it as where I want to be in that specific time frame.
How? Simple. The method / ways I get it done within the specific time frame.
Remember, "Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accomodations" - Oliver Goldsmith.
No matter you made plans or not, you gotta do it, you gotta walk down the path even if it's raining and thunderstorm. So why not make some plans first, right? :)
Once you're done with all the 5 "Ws" (Who When Why Where How, just in case you didn't know :X) , move on to planning.
- Set goals (achievable and realistic ones)
- Develop commitment (very very important, if you don't commit to your own goals, you won't achieve it)
- Develop your action plan
- Track your progress
- Maintain Flexibility (work around and change your course of action according to your condition and environment)
Notice why 'develop your action plan' and 'track your progress' are bold up. Because these two are the most difficult ones in our planning.
When it comes to developing your action plan, try to find out the 4 components which are the steps needed, people (friends and family to help you out and be there for encouragement, resources (what you need to get it done), and also a specific time period for your to be able to carry out the actions .
Then, how do track for progress? Simple. Measure how far are you away from your goal. If your goal is to step on stage competing in the next 6 months, how does your physique look like? Are you on track? Are you checking your macros? Are you doing what it takes to be a champion? I mean, i'm just using fitness as an example. I think you get what i mean. One thing i like to do when it comes to tracking progress is to divide my overall progress into percentages (%).
Using back the same example, let's say your target weight on competing is 200lbs and your 6 months out. You currently weigh 260lbs. You have to drop 60lbs in 6 months. That won't be much a problem if you track your progress on a weekly basis. If you're moving down the scale as time goes, you're doing good. Divide your 60lbs into percentages that you need to achieve on a weekly/monthly basis based on your preference.
I'm using just a vague example in this case.
So that's pretty much it.
- Action plan
- Tracking progress
- Team Beyond Athlete wish you good luck and all the best on your journey