• April Willis

Goal setting for hunting season!



Just like when New Years hits, I find myself making goals and resolutions for the upcoming hunting seasons. Things like: get more days in the stand, shoot my first archery buck, spend over so many days spot and stalking, etc.

This year I have set the goal to get stronger and lose a little extra weight I've been carrying around since my wedding. As well, I set a goal that I wanted to participate in a Train To Hunt competition AND I want to place top two in my province for indoor and outdoor 3-D in my category!

Here's a little bit of goal setting statistics for you....

One study done by Norcross et al 2002 found that about half of Americans create goals at some point in the year. What else they found was astonishing. Of people that make New Year's Resolutions, they found that 77% of people stick to their new resolution for one week, 55% for one month, and only 40% for six months. And at the two year mark only 19% of those people had been successful at sticking to their resolution. In the end that’s fewer than 10% of people making and sticking to their New Year’s resolutions and other goals during the year!

And….

Psychologists have found that one of the biggest barriers to achieving all the goals you have written down is all the goals themselves and how you’ve laid them out. Meaning too many goals competing for your time and energy causes overwhelm, as well as not being specific enough with a plan on to achieve your new goals.

So what does this all mean?

Research has shown that you are more likely to stick to your new goals if you have a specific step by step plan (a system) that outlines when, where and how you will perform the tasks of your new goals, as well as picking one or two main goals to work on first. Changing many things at once in your daily life can be scary and can lead to quitting everything if one small part isn’t going exactly as planned. So to combat those feelings of overwhelm you should break down your big goals into small bite sized pieces that you can accomplish daily and weekly.

Steps to making and sticking to your goals!

1.Committ to a system not only a goal.

Making only a goal puts unnecessary stress on you. I need to lose 40 pounds this year sounds really stressful and almost unattainable.

INSTEAD focus on the daily processes that will get you to that goal and write those down. This way you can focus on the small attainable steps to reach your goal.

2. Create the goal and system

For example I would like to lose 10 pounds BY working out 3 days per week. If you can complete this then great lets keep working, if not then what do we need to do to make this attainable for you?

3. Create a support system

Tell a whole bunch of people what your goal and system are. Have then check in with you weekly or even daily to ask how things are going and how they can help you if necessary.

4. Set yourself up for success

Use simplicity, visual cues and/or habit stacking to help you achieve your goals. Make things easy on yourself by choosing one or two goals at a time and eliminate distractions from your environments. More on these three steps in our next blog – Goal setting, systems for success.

I hope this is helpful for you!

If your goal this year is to lose weight or to get stronger for hunting season - I CAN HELP!

I've created the system for you, the support system, and the habits to set you up for success!

She Shoots Strong is starting soon and I would love to help you achieve your goals through my signature first of its kind for women only program. Check it out here!

Need more help figuring out your goal? Leave me a comment, I would be happy to help you out!

- April


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