The 4 Keys to Set Yourself Up for Success

We all want to set ourselves up for success. But even with the perfect goal, the perfect game plan, and the best intentions, it’s still easy to fall short.

I recently shared my four keys of success on my podcast, Self Love and Sweat THE PODCAST that you can put to work starting TODAY. Whether you’re part of my Strong at Home for women program or you’re going after a professional goal, these four keys will work for you:

1. Your Why Setup

I talk at length about finding your WHY in my group coaching programs, and for good reason. If you want to set yourself up for success, you need to lean into your WHY — the reason behind all the things you’re doing.

For example, if you are working on a fitness goal, your why might be a lot of things: to feel better, to have more energy, to look better, to improve your health, and so on.

Your WHY setup is how you treat your WHY. Are you reading your WHY statement every day? Is it written down in places where you see it every day? How are you living your WHY on a daily basis?

If you don’t have a why setup for your goal, you may find it harder to really live your WHY every day.

2. Test Your Game Plan

Every WHY should come with a plan. For example, I share a full workout plan in my Strong at Home for women program. But it’s up to you to plug those workouts into your schedule. Get a game plan for the week or even the whole month.

Then test it. Make sure that when you work out, you also have enough time to shower, eat, and get to work on time, for instance. Putting the plan onto paper helps to bring it into perspective, and then put it in action. You might find that a different time to work out feels better or works better with your other life activities.

If you have a different goal in mind, you still need to get a plan together. Map out that plan, schedule it day by day, and then start working that plan. Working the plan is the best way to test it.

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3. Be Real About What You Need

Being honest with yourself helps you avoid self sabotage. If you need accountability, be real and ask for help. Tell others how you need them to support you, whether it’s asking you every day about your progress or just sending words of encouragement.

Achieving personal success doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

4. Set Up Milestones

When you’re making baby steps toward success, it can feel a lot like you’re not even moving. But any progress is still progress. You can check in on your progress by setting up milestones.

For example, if you’re part of the Strong at Home program, you might set specific dates to measure your inches or check your BMI or mile time. Or if you’re writing a book, set milestones for how much you want to have written by a certain time.

Adapt these strategies to work for you and watch how quickly your journey transforms!

Hear the full story on Episode #45 of the Self Love & Sweat podcast.