You want to get into better shape, to drop the fat and to increase your tone and strength.
Join the club…most people are actively working toward an elusive fitness goal.
So what separates those who end up achieving their goals from the rest of the masses who are trapped in a fruitless struggle?
Winston Churchill hit the nail on the head when he said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”
The bottom line is that it is possible to achieve any fitness goal when you lock on to it and strive towards it every day. Unfortunately distractions are everywhere, making it easy to fall off track.
This brings us to the classic Henry Ford quote, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
In order to stay the course it is vital that you keep your eyes on the goal.
Here’s how to get to your goal in 6 Steps:
Step One: Make Sure Your Goals Are S.M.A.R.T
In setting goals, you need to have all 5 of these elements in order to set yourself up for success. “I want to lose 5-10 pounds”, or “I want to Tone Up” aren’t very good goals. They aren’t specific and will never allow you to know if you have reached your goal without a time.
“I currently weigh 200 pounds. On or before June 15th I will weigh 185 pounds.” ”I currently run a 5K in 45 min. For my next race on July 12, I will run it in 35 min”
Both of these goals have all 5 elements to increase your chances to successfully complete your goals. The have a specific, measurable goal. They have a time for which they have to be completed, and are realistic if the effort is put in. Following these guidelines, will help keep you on track.
Step Two: Only One At A Time
When you’re feeling motivated, and decide to set a goal, it’s tempting to become over-ambitious by setting multiple goals. While it’s great that you want to improve many things about yourself, the pressure of trying to achieve more than one goal at once will cause you to drop all the goals and go back to status quo.
Focus in on the one goal that you really want to achieve first, and focus all of your efforts onto this goal with laser-like force. There will be plenty of time in the future to see to your other goals, but for now see your number one goal all the way through to completion. The added focus for each goal and confidence of achieving one will help motivate you through the rest of your goals.
Step Three: Start Slow
Another pitfall that often results in dropped goals is the act of starting out too fast and too strong. If your goal in fitness is to drop 6 pant sizes and to exercise 5 times a week, do not (I repeat, DO NOT) go out and hit the gym hard for the next 5 days in a row. You’ll be so sore that I guarantee you’ll stop all progress the following week and your goal will be put back on a shelf.
It probably took your body a long time to get to the point you are now, that you want to change. Its also going to take a while to get back to where you want to be. Take a deep breath and remember that this isn’t a race. This is your life, and it’s you against yourself. Start out slow and steady and gradually build as you progress toward your goal. Not only is a slow and steady start the the best way to stick with your plan, its also the healthiest for your body. If you are starting something new (running, working out, eating Fiber, etc…) your body needs that slow start to adapt…physically and mentally.
Step Four: What’s Your “Why”
Why is this goal so important to you? There are probably many reasons, and you should know every single one of them. WRITE DOWN each and every possible reason you can come up with as to why your goal needs to be met. Post them on your fridge or on your bath room mirror. That way you will see them every night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up!
Intimately get to know the ‘reasons why’ this goal is so important to you. You should have them memorized and should recite them every single day. Remember what Ford said – when you take your eyes of your goal you’ll see loads and loads of obstacles. Keep your eyes locked onto that goal by filling your mind with all of the ‘reasons why’ you’re going to see this thing through.
Step Five: Think About It
Along with thinking about your reasons for accomplishing your goal, it’s also helpful to focus your mind on how you’ll feel once you’ve done it. Dedicate some time each day to picture your new post-goal life.
How awesome are you going to feel when you’ve accomplished this goal that’s been on your mind for so long? Pretty amazing. Fill your mind with that feeling of accomplishment well before you’ve finished the work. The more you feel connected to the end of the race, the more likely it is that you’ll make it through.
Step Six: Put It All On The Line
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Invest in something that will help propel you toward your goal. When you shell out some of your hard earned money to aide in your progress, then you are going to take this process that much more seriously. Buy that new dress in the size you are going to be, and hang it up where you can see it. Make a “bet” with friends.
Also, tell your friends what you are doing. Not only will they help encourage and motivate you, but they will also be more likely to make choices that will keep you on track. Make it easier to choose the healthy restaraunt for dinner instead of the fast food, etc…
It’s time to seriously commit yourself to seeing this goal to completion. If your goal is to lose weight, get into amazing shape or race in an event then invest in one of my proven fitness programs.
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