Month: October 2015

Goal Setting

Goal setting

Let’s talk about goal setting! Do you REALLY know what it means…. what it entails?

I’ll be honest – up until 2, may 2 1/2 years ago, I thought I knew what “goal setting” meant and it was kinda like my idea of “budgeting”. What I mean by that is this: to me it just meant making a list of things I wanted to get done, but it was more like daily, weekly and monthly tasks. You know….. a “to-do” list of sorts. In the time since then, I’ve read some pretty awesome personal development books (I used to be a fiction only reader. What the heck is personal development about anyway, right?!), taken some online courses (AH-MAZING courses, btw) and attended some live events that will knock your socks off. Ooooooh the things I’ve learned! Goal setting is DEFINITELY way more than a “to-do” list, however, a daily “to-do” list plays a big part in goal setting. Your daily “to-do” list should include small, baby steps – actionable items that you can do that don’t take much time, but can make all the difference in the world to what you’re trying to achieve. I’ve found that setting goals broken down in the following form work best for me to make sure that I’m taking the needed steps to get to my big goals and that I don’t get overwhelmed trying to make it all happen at once.

    Shari’s Goal Setting Steps:

1) I start with setting quarterly goals (90 days). What do I want to make sure that I accomplish in 90 days?
2) I then break that down into monthly items that need to get done (you should have 3 – 1 for each month) that will help me reach my 90 day goal
3) I then take each of those 3 months and break them down into weekly items. For example, the month of October has 5 Saturdays in it so I’ll break down my October goal into 5 weekly goals.

So let’s say my 90 day goal is to get more followers over on the iEncourage Fitness Facebook page. My 3 monthly goals to help me get there might be something like this: 1) set up new blog page on website 2) Write weekly blog entry 3) Offer free opt-ins.

Then I would break each of those 3 months down into weekly goals. Those might look something like this when I break down my month 2 goal of writing weekly blog entries: week 1) find my most popular post on FB on make a blog post regarding that same subject week 2) find new content on Google and/or Youtube that I can put my “spin” on and make a blog post about that subject week 3) find pins on Pinterest that can give me new blog post ideas week 4) find images to use on all my new posts!

So see…. it’s really not as overwhelming or as hard as we think it is. Goal setting is about DREAMING BIG and taking small steps to move you forward toward that big dream. It’s a lot easier to do than I thought it was and I’ll bet you’ll feel the same way once you try it yourself.


Kettlebells are an extremely versatile and effective fitness tool, and incorporating kettlebell training into your workout will help you build power, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. And I can’t forget to tell you that using one can also be a GREAT cardio workout with no impact.

Not sure what a kettlebell is? It looks a lot like a cast iron cannonball with a handle. Like the one in the photo below:



A 30 minute kettlebell workout can deliver the cardio, weighted resistance training and core strengthening (you know that’s more than just your abs, right? (; ) that everyone needs and in a lot less time than what you would typically spend on weight machines or the treadmill. Since most people aren’t sure what to do with or how to use these weights, they generally go unused in gyms.

First-time kettlebell users should consult with a kettlebell-certified trainer or instructor before beginning to workout with these so that they will avoid injury from using dangerous form. If your core is too weak to complete the exercises properly, there’s no benefit gained and your risk of injury is greater.

If you want a GREAT all-over workout with no impact, you should come try out Kettlebell FIT with me at iEncourage Fitness. I’m a kettlebell certified instructor! =)

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