There is a reason some of the most successful people in the world are the most successful people in the world, they set goals, targets, to do lists and reviewed their progress constantly! From athletes, business people, coaches, or managers, every has goals they want to achieve, success doesn’t just happen, it’s about putting the right things in place.
Health and Fitness goals are no different to any other goal you might set, and out of all the clients I have worked with, the ones who plan, review and then commit are the ones who succeed and go on to achieve some amazing things.
Why Set Goals?
If you plan your goals in advance, you have a shot of achieving them. You never set off on a Journey without planning your route, it’s the same here. You may want to drop a dress size, or get some decent abs but it won’t just happen, you have to make it happen. By setting goals, you also raise your spirits with mini victories along the way, knowing you are on the right track is amazing.
How to set your goals
Each goal is going to be different. But before thinking about timescales, think about what you actually want to achieve, don’t hold back, think big. Then it’s about breaking that goal up into smaller, achievable stages. Don’t be too hard on yourself, make sure you have enough time for each step.
So for an example, you may want to lose a stone, be able to run 5K without stopping, and fit into your favorite jeans you bought 5 years ago. Now that seems like a lot, but let’s break it up. You can lose 2lbs a week by following a good eating plan, so 14lbs in a stone, you need 7 weeks to lose this. Let’s break it down even more. Let’s say in 4 weeks, your goal is to be 1/2 stone lighter. Then by week 8, the other 1/2. You get the idea, break things up into weeks, start small, work up and cross off each one as you go.
Set up mini rewards throughout your journey. So you may say, when I lose that 1/2 stone, I can buy a new ipod, or pay a deposit on a holiday. Write what’s important to you and give yourself a treat! (Not food)!
Be honest and ask yourself, what’s going to stop you achieving this. Is it a partner who is always tempting you will bad food, or a lazy best friend, or work taking up too much time. Write each one, then write what you can do to over come them. Keep this handy, so you can refer to it every time something comes up. Clear out the junk food, tell your friend to help you out, and make your body your priority, not your emails!
You have to measure your success. Weight yourself every week, the mirror, fitness tests, anything so you know whether you are on track.
Join a group, boot camp, get a personal trainer, rope a friend into helping you out. You will be so much more likely to succeed if you are around like minded people. They will help you through the times when you need the support.
If you achieved your goal, well done, but what next? Ask yourself, what else you want to achieve now. It could be to do different challenges, or just to be at the front of your running group. Or just to get an awesome body for the beach holiday in the summer.
Review your actions and make sure you are the best version of you.
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