Showing Up: Creating a Plan to Achieve Your Goals

by Dana Snook on March 10, 2014

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Showing Up: Creating a Plan to Achieve Your Goals

by Dana Snook, RDN

I’m in the process of training for two endurance events this summer. I have signed up for a 10-mile run and a Sprint Triathlon.  Although, I’ve done several triathlons in the past and longer ones, this will be my first as a mom and business owner. We all know how things change after the little ones and now add a business to that!

I am definitely one to follow a plan or a schedule to a “T.” Being a Virgo, I like to check things off my box.

So on Saturday my training plan said run 4 miles. Well, we had an early morning pre-planned engagement that lasted long into the day, but I knew I needed to “show up.” So I did just that, I showed up at the gym with a not so great attitude and so many things went wrong. I didn’t get my pre- exercise snack, I forgot a hair tie, my music kept quitting on me and I felt exhausted, BUT, you know what? In the end, I finished the run AND burned over 500 calories to boot.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, it is so easy to find an excuse to not eat healthy, skip exercise or not meet a goal we are wanting…believe me I know. However, I believe YOU ARE capable of being who you want to be and can achieve the goals that you are wanting! 

You Can Get Started and Stay Focused Following these Steps: 

1. Have a Clear Plan: It is so much easier to have a clear direction if you know where you are going. Make sure your plan in clear and concise. You have to know where you are going before you can start!

 2. Write it Down: When we write down goals your intentions are put into the universe. Simply stating your intentions will be the start of your goal or dream. Your intentions cannot happen if you hold on to them, so it’s time to release them.

 3. Visualize: Before you can achieve any goal you have to be able to picture your goal.  Seeing it can mean believing it and achieving it. Practice picturing what it will look like at the end, how you will feel and the excitement and thrill of success.

Keep in mind, just like me on Saturday some days will be harder than others, but with a clear plan and visual of the end result you can keep going. As I struggled to make the 4 mile run with no music and keeping my hair out of my face, I kept thinking of me crossing the finish line and how good it will feel to succeed.

If you are struggling right now with achieving the goal you are wanting believe me you aren’t alone. I believe in all of you and believe each and everyone of you can achieve the goals that you are wanting. With the right plan, intention and goals it sometimes just comes down to getting started and showing up!

Much Love,

Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC


Dana Snook is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Intrinsic Coach and Certified Diabetes Educator focused on improving the health and well being of the whole family. She specializes in feeding the family, picky eaters, weight issues and emotional eating.


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