Goal Setting is a huge driver of success in every aspect of life. Without setting goals you aren’t moving forward. Without establishing the direction you want to go and agendas you want to accomplish your life will become dull and sedentary. You may feel like you’ve been going through the motions, you may feel like you’re in a slump or you’ve been discontent with your current status of life. Ask yourself, when is the last time you set a goal and went after it?
In a fitness and health program goal setting is crucial. How will you know you’ve been successful if you don’t have a target? How will you know what you’re working so hard for if you don’t have anything you set out to achieve? Even after you’ve crushed your goals you should always go on to set more!
When setting a goal I so often hear people go about it in all the wrong ways. Which sounds better:
I hope to lose 5 pounds by August 1st.
I will probably stick to this program for 21 days.
I wish to lose 5 pounds
I want to stretch more after my workouts
I will lose 5 pounds by august 1st.
I am going to stick to this program for 21 days
I will be able to do 10 push-ups by August 10th
A goal should never have I hope to, or I want to, probably or I wish to. These words don’t set you up for success, they set you up for a possible dream or a what if scenario and aren’t driving forces. When I have a dream or a passion I look at it as, if I want it this bad then I’m going to set a goal that will help me make it happen. I light the fire in my stomach, I don’t wait for outside forces to light it for me. I WILL be successful in this. THIS IS happening for me. This is a NO MATTER WHAT for me. And then I put action behind my words and I make it happen because I have set my mind and my heart on a goal that I know I am capable of accomplishing.
Goals don’t have to be big grand life goals, but they also shouldn’t be so achievable you don’t have to put any work into accomplishing them. I set myself up with a set of goals that are short term and long term goals that include physical well-being, financial, familial etc.
Write a list of 10 things that are most important to you.
Here’s my list:
My fitness & nutrition
My Beachbody career/team
My Beachbody community
Health education and promotion
Take that list and write a long term and short term goal for each category.
Example: I will go to church every Sunday for a year starting July 17th.
I will read my bible three times a week for 30 minutes until finished.
Avoid ever feeling stuck or discontent by driving your life with goals. Goal setting makes me motivated and productive every single day. Crushing my goals makes me proud and hungry for more goal crushing success. Set goals that are both achievable and far-fetched. Help yourself move up in life by going after something that is extremely out of reach. Show yourself that you are more capable than you thought by chasing after those goals with everything you have and smashing them in the process.
What if you set a goal so far out of reach and do everything in your power to achieve them, but you fall short? You’ve already done more than you thought you could have anyway. You already moved your life in a forward direction why would you ever, EVER feel like a failure or be disappointed in your actions?
It’s better to reach too far and fail than not reach at all.
When setting a goal consider making them SMART!
Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Timely.
Here are some examples of Fitness Goals I help my clients set:
Don’t stay where you’re at and assume your discontent will fix it self. Wake up every day, write your goals down and MAKE SHIT HAPPEN. We have the ability to do and become whatever we want, we just have to put in the time and WORK FOR IT.