Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             17 May, 2021

Category:  Articles » Self Improvement » Goal-Setting


Start With A Baseline

         Views: 1195
2006-07-18 21:06:17     
Article by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

Making changes in your life is great and it is the way we grow and develop as people. Change is a constant process and part of being human. When you embark on changing anything in your life you have to start from where you are. Until you know where that is it would be difficult to effectively make the change. You have to start with a baseline.

Starting with a baseline is about honestly figuring out where you are and what you are doing so that you know exactly what needs to be changed. It may sound odd, but many of us are unaware of what we do. When my clients tell me they want to lose weight the first thing I do is have them keep a food journal for a week just to get a baseline. The next week they share how shocked they were to see not only how much they were eating, but also what they were eating. Many of us are on autopilot and we simply are not aware of what we are doing. When you track it - and this works with anything - you have a real picture of where you are and what needs to change.

I read a statistic once that said most people consistently spend about 10% more than they make. I believe that is true, and it is because what is being spent, especially on a credit card, is not tracked. I once had a client that just didn't have enough time to accomplish everything she needed to do. When she tracked her time for a week she was made painfully aware that she was spending hours in front of the television. The first step in change is awareness. You have to become aware of what you are doing and exactly where you are before you can proceed forward. Keeping track for a week or two will provide you with valuable information that will support your change effort.

Before you embark on any type of change effort you have to know where you are. I liken it to those travel maps that have an X printed next to "You are here." Until you are aware of exactly where you are - and many of us don't have a clue - it will be impossible to make the needed change.

The first step in your change effort is to determine where you are. Keep a log for a week or two. This will give you a realistic idea of what you are doing. You can track anything from how much money you spend to how many hours of sleep you get. Once you know the truth about where you are you can proceed.

Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
The Anatomy of Goal Setting (Popularity: ): "I believe you can train yourself to become a positive thinker, but you must cultivate a desire to develop the skill of setting personal worthy and realistic goals. I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to ...
Setting Strong Boundaries - A Key Ingredient in Goal Achievement (Popularity: ): Setting a goal without boundaries is like eating a massive bowl of chocolate ice cream without a spoon, you can get to the end but it's going to get real messy! Boundaries provide the structure to hold focus. When one sets strong boundaries with a goal, they are making a bold commitment. They know what they want, and what they will and will not accept to achieve the ideal result. ...
Power of Now (Popularity: ): The intention of goal setting is to look toward the future and think of and plan for what you desire. Goals provide hope. My definition of hope is "Having Optimistic Predictions & Emotions." However, goals can create your biggest stumbling block to getting what you desire.Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The only thing that will grow is that which you give energy to." To focus your mind on what you desire ...
3 Tactics How to Set Powerful Goals That Drive You Into Action (Popularity: ): A lot of people wanted to be successful, but most of them fail to achieve what they want in the end. Why is this so? One of the common reasons is that they do not know how to set powerful, effective and inspiring goals. If there is one thing that can bring you the success you want, it is goal setting.You have to master this skill; it is a very ...
3 Mistakes That People Make in Life and How to Avoid Them (Popularity: ): IntroductionIf you are reading this article then the chances are that there are things in your life that are not as you would like them to be; the circumstances of your life aren't all that you would have hoped for; or you find that you are unhappy with the way things are.The good news is you're not alone and you are about to learn about 3 mistakes that people frequently ...

Related Business 
Baseline Development (Popularity: ): Baseline Development is a web services and solutions company with a dedicated development place in Mohali and presence in USA we have been serving our global clientèle. Our website is the most essential feature in online marketing. Quest for continuous learning, enhancements and establishing long term work relation with our clients has been the mantra of our success.
Baseline Painting, Inc. (Popularity: ): Baseline Painting is a full-service residential and commercial painting and cabinet refinishing company in Denver, Colorado. Our painters in Denver have over 25 years of combined industry experience and are dedicated to your satisfaction. Our highly skilled sales and support teams guarantees your painting or cabinet refinishing experience will be a good one!
Head Start DataMASTER Decision Support System (Popularity: ): [Win] Management Information System designed for use in Head Start, public and Early Head Start , private daycare, and the K-12 population in public and private schools. Head Start and Early Head Start Specific Software. Software designed for Head Start agencies. Early Head Start Software Include 0-3 Data.
Baseline (Popularity: ): A UK-based club for Agassi admirers.
Baseline Clothing (Popularity: ): Brand name apparel, closeouts, irregulars and store returns.
K2K (Popularity: ): KEK to Super-Kamiokande long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment.
Best Websites In One Start Page (Popularity: ): FortySevens is an awesome Start Page, Web Directory, and HomePage that helps you start your web browsing experience more easily and help you find useful websites, by featuring the top web sites in one home page. placing all the best websites in one start page.
Baseline (Popularity: ): An international typographic magazine includes articles, links, events, forums and other information on typography.
Baseline Technologies (Popularity: ): GIS based applications to capture, integrate, and analyze data associated with underground assets.
MINOS (Popularity: ): Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search, a long baseline experiment sending neutrinos from Fermilab (Ill.) to Soudan, Minnesota.