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Goal Setting with the One-Habit Method

Hey Feminists! This video accompanies my posts about goal setting: “7 Steps to Resolution Success” and “How the One Habit Method Can Help You Create Lasting Change.” While it’s not strictly necessary, if you haven’t read them yet, I’d go back and do so to have a better understanding of the material.

In this video, I’ll show you how easy it can be to set goals using the one-habit method. This is a slightly different version than the one laid out in “7 Steps...” because this focuses more on the smaller habit than on the larger goal.

Here’s the breakdown:

Step 1: Write down your goals. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write down everything you can think of that you want to change in your life, whether that’s increasing strength, developing a better body image, or quitting smoking.

Step 2: Choose 1 goal. Which goal is most important to you right now? Which goal would have the most positive influence in your life? Pick that one!

Step 3: Break down that goal into smaller process goals (aka habits). Set another timer for 5 minutes. Write down everything you can think of to help you reach that goal.

Step 4: Find your easiest and furthest reaching goals. Pick one to start with. Figure out which of those processes would be the easiest to make. Then figure out which of those processes would have the furthest reach. Decide which of those two goals you want to start with.

Step 5: Figure out how you’re going to measure your goal. You’ll need to figure out how to measure both the larger goal (chosen in step 2) and the smaller goal (chosen in step 4). What counts as success?

Step 6: Get on it! Focus on that one small process goal for the next few weeks and use the tracking to make sure it’s having a positive effect. After you’ve mastered that goal, start on a new one!

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