Fitness is a beautiful thing that can change every aspect of your life in a positive way, but most never take the time to figure out what it is they want out of it. Taking the time to set the goal might make all the difference — especially for women. Read on to learn how to set goals effectively, so that you can push your limits and start seeing the changes you want.
1. Start Now: You don’t need to wait until New Year’s Eve, when you’re sipping champagne and picking a suitable candidate for a midnight pash to set goals. Grab your diary and pen and start now….no, not Monday, NOW!
2. Define What You Want: Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get lean”. This is the beauty in fitness, it doesn’t need to end with achieving a defined 6-pack. Once that box is checked, move on and start conquering the next!
3. Goals Must Be M.A.T:
Measureable: You need to be able to measure it somehow. For example weighing yourself, testing your body fat, or doing some kind of fitness assessment. Keep a record of everything you’re doing to achieve your goal (e.g. training, diet, goals). It may sound time consuming, but the path to success should be both fun and challenging at times, and you need a way to measure that success as you achieve it.
Achievable: Set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t expect to drop 10KGs in 21 days or to run a marathon in that time frame. Don’t set yourself up for failure before you even start. As I say… check yourself before you wreck yourself!
Timed: Goals are dreams with a deadline. Set a specific and realistic time to hit them.
4. Acknowledge the Hurdles: We all have them. Think of the last 3 excuses you had for not working out (e.g. too tired, not enough time in the day, too sore).
Answer these questions:
What are your weaknesses?
Why have you not already achieved the goal you seek?
What are the personal, professional and circumstantial barriers that have gotten in the way?
How can your time management be more effective?
Your goals in fitness will come true only if you work on addressing these issues first. The more paper you use to answer these questions the harder it is going to be to achieve success.
5. Make Sacrifices: What can you do day to day to achieve these goals and what are you willing to give up right now?
6. Don’t Keep Your Goal A Secret: Not only will this hold you accountable, it will also help you find out who really does want you to succeed. People who want to see you succeed will be encouraging and optimistic. The doubters will fill you with negative energy (“You’ll never look like that.”) Once you identify them, try your best to avoid them, at least until you have your new body and can rub it in their faces.
7. Take Action, Every Damn Day: What is the first step that you can make right now to put you on your path toward achievement? It is the small daily steps that will create the momentum needed to ignite the drive in your mind and body.
If you take the time to answer these questions and stay true to these tips, you will start to see success on your fitness journey, and maybe in the other aspects of your life as well.