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3 Steps to Achieving Your Health and Fitness Goals

You've set goals and started working towards them - but you've struggled to stay with it long enough to get the results you desire...

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." And working a good plan successfully involves setting goals!

So let's get started. There are many ways to slice the successful goal setting process, but for maximum effectiveness, here are 3 steps to include:

1) Have a big enough "WHY"

One of the key features of successful goal setting is having a big enough WHY. This means that before you even start with the actual goal setting, ask yourself why you want to that goal. You need to have a goal that is big enough to be exciting - to you!

And make your "why" specific too... Sure, you may want to lose weight - many people do  but why do you want it? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to feel energetic, to play with your kids?

And regardless whether it's about weight loss or something else, make sure your "why" is important to you. If your desire for it isn't at least an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, you won't feel inspired enough to make it happen.

When you have clarity and a strong "why", the commitment and passion are engaged, and you'll be more invested, determined and focused to do the work and achieve your goals (especially if you include the following steps as well).

2) Create a goal

With focus on your why, create your actual goal keeping the following in mind...

  • Is it in alignment with what you want.
  • Make the goal SMART. SMART stands for -- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Make sure your goal meets all those criteria.

    To make a goal "specific" as well as "measurable" - don't aim for something vague like "lose weight" but for losing a specific amount of weight.
    To make a goal "attainable" and "realistic" - avoid planning to lose 10 lbs this month. Instead, pick something that's within your reach...lose 4 lbs
  • Write it down! Only 31% of people write down their goals. And those are the ones proven to most likely to meet their goals.
  • Give it a deadline. Most people get inspired by deadlines. If you know you have to meet your goal by a certain time, you're more likely to take action
  • Divide and conquer. So you have a goal that excites you - and chances are it's a big goal. The challenge with big goals is that they can intimidate you. So what do you do? You divide and conquer. Break it down into smaller, attainable, milestones.
  • Take action. Finally, make sure you take action on your goals daily, one sub-goal at a time. Make it your personal commitment that you do at least 1 thing each day - no exceptions! Put the steps into your calendar, and cross them off as you complete them. Daily success habits.

3. Celebrate along the way

Every step towards your goal is a win! So find creative ways to recognize and celebrate your progress. You need reinforcement on a regular basis, including a regular pat on the back or rewards.

Success breeds success, and the more success you allow yourself to experience as you move towards your goal, the more success you'll have - and ultimately, the more likely you are to reach your goal.

Bonus Step) Get support

Here's a bonus step. To help with successful goal setting, it's a good idea to get input from an impartial source, such as a personal trainer, coach, and supportive environment.

As you consistently take these steps, you will love your progress and achieve your goals!


Source: http://www.sueclement.com/blog/3-steps-successful-goal-achieving

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