Here are some tips to help you set goals that will inspire you to keep going until you achieve them.
1. Know what YOU want
It’s easy to set a goal based on what you perceive others expect of you — but is it really what you want?
When setting your fitness goals, the first thing you need to work out is what’s important to you.
Maybe you feel that you should aim to look a certain way, but deep down what is most important to you is actually being fit enough to keep up with your kids!
When you work towards goals that are MEANINGFUL to you, you are much more likely to approach your goals with a healthy mindset and to find the determination to achieve your goals.
2. What hard work are you willing to do?
No worthwhile goal can be achieved without hard work! This means that when you are setting your fitness goals, you need to take into consideration what you are willing to do to achieve it.
When you really want a particular goal, you also have to want to do what it will take to reach it. Enjoying the process because you know it’s going to be worth it, is as important as the result you are working towards.
3. Write down your goals
When you write down your goals, you are MUCH more likely to accomplish them.
Once your goals are written down, the next step is to focus your efforts. When you know exactly what you are working to achieve, you’ll be less likely to make excuses because you can see that that one training session is part of a bigger plan to get you to your goal!
Don’t write down your goals and just put them in a drawer. Break that big goal into smaller actions you can take each week.
Review your goals regularly and make adjustments to your smaller, weekly goals to make sure that you are consistently working towards your big goal.
4. Make yourself accountable
I recommend that you get an accountability partner and that you put an accountability system in place to keep you on track. Both are important!
Your accountability buddy can be a friend, partner or family member who you check in with each week — maybe it’s someone who shares a similar goal to you!
Review your progress once a week with this person to keep yourself on track.
An accountability system is how you will achieve your goal. Connecting your goal-oriented actions to something you already do can help lock it into your schedule. For example, if your big goal is to do 20 full pushups, your daily action might be to do ten modified pushups, three mornings each week before you have breakfast. As you get stronger, use the progressions to increase the difficulty until you can do all 20!
5. Discover discipline
When you set a new goal, the most important factor in whether you will achieve it is whether you show up consistently during the first few weeks. Even if you don’t complete the whole workout you’ve set, building the habit of showing up is essential.
Tracking your fitness progress can help you to find the discipline to keep going.
Once you’ve set your goal, make a plan to achieve it!