Let Your Summer Sizzle
For most of us, we have a shocked face when we realize Memorial Day is two weeks away.
The last Monday of May each year, the U.S.A. honors soldiers who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Perhaps I am the only American who didn’t know it used to be called Decoration Day, and that it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1971. My bad. I did know the concept began post-Civil War. Throw me some credit, Mrs. History Teacher.
Memorial Day is a psychological send off to Summer. It is a pre-launch. The kiddos are running around with short-timer syndrome. Parents are scrambling trying to find unique camps for their bored pre-teens. In general, we are planning camping, boating, and vacation excursions. Of course, we are once again digging out the shorts and bathing suits, taking a deep breath, and heading off to the mirror for the how-will-they-fit dress rehearsal.
Pulling out those summer clothes, reminds me of another time of year. A time of year when we say, “Oh, damn, time flies, and I didn’t hit my goals.” You guessed it, New Year’s Resolutions.
Each summer I offer an annual coaching sale called Summer Sizzle. I open up a few slots, slice my prices, and work with clients on their summer goals. My overarching message is to teach them we should be thinking about our goals a full season ahead. They will nail summertime goals and learn how to use the season-ahead strategy. As an example, how to prepare for winter goals during the fall.
We are all exposed to annual, set-in-stone markers. We know when holidays will occur such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc. We know when school is in or out of session due to holidays or Spring Break. The four seasons are also like clockwork. Food harvest times are similar each year. There are constants. Expected events. Therefore, if there are constants, we can get ready for them – plan ahead. Right? Not so much, it appears.
Summer is here. Are you ready? Shorts fit, boat is ready, money is saved for vacay?
Let me ask you a few things. Have you thought about what you would like to do each of the summer months; 30, 60 and 90-day goals? These goals can be related to your body or goals not related to the body. I call the latter non-body goals. Brilliant, eh?
Let’s get you sizzling.
Start now. Look at your personal, business and family calendar. Peeking ahead at your current appointments and commitments will help you be more realistic in setting your targets. You need to know where you are already spending your time in order to fit in time for these new goals. Think of the word “attainable” when you set your goals.
A fun play along is to ask members of the family or co-workers to create their June, July and August goals as well. Compromise will likely be in order. Rarely do I see family members or work teams on the exact page when goal setting involves the other. An example, your teenage son sets a 60-day goal of buying a bicycle and a 90-day desire to vacation in California. That might not be feasible with Mom’s and Dad’s goal setting.
Again, you are going to create body and non-body goals that are “attainable” for each of the summer months. Create one, two, and three-month goals for each. That means six total goals. I know it sounds like a lot, but you got this. Especially if you remember the word “attainable” – realistic. Seem a redundant, do I? I am! I’d say 90% of peeps are NOT reasonable with their goal setting. So, I tend to repeat myself and push back quite a bit as we work through determining feasible goals. Success is the key not overshooting the mark and missing it every damn time.
Here are some examples below:
30-Day: lose five pounds
60-Day: lose three inches in waist
90-Day: bench press 200 pounds
30-Day: sell the car; buy new one
60-Day: paint the living room
90-Day: learn how to play the piano
Projecting ahead to the next season sets you up for success. Looking at your fall goals in July elevates your self-awareness, efficiency, AND success rates when school starts or it becomes the time of year for trick or treaters. Planning ahead reduces procrastination and ridiculous excuses.
If you are creating lofty goals such as running a marathon, and you have never done such, you will want to start prepping for goals of that nature two or more seasons out.
Without planning, plan to fail.
If you had prepped for summer back in January, you would be damn jazzed right now swirling around proudly in your loose-fitting, Bermuda shorts. Why? Because you set a few attainable body goals five months ago. You might be exuberant that your Hawaii trip is paid for because you set a non-body goal in February to save money for your July family trip. Bam!
Let your Summer Sizzle. Enjoy the moments, set, and nail attainable goals. But it is also time to plan ahead…ahead as far as January. Before you know it, you will be slamming back champagne, watching fireworks, and making another New Year’s Resolution that, most likely, will be similar to the one you made last year. Similar because you did not figure out a way to make it attainable and chip away at it for the previous 364 days.
Stay a season ahead. No go sizzle.