In one of my recent blogs I asked you what was your fitness resolution for 2012? Now I am going to show you how you can make sure you reach that fitness goal. First thing I want you to do is come up with the deep emotional reason why you want to achieve that goal. The way you do this is by keep asking yourself why over and over again.
For example: let’s say your goal is to loose 30 pounds by June 15th 2012. I want you to ask yourself why you want to do this. You may say something simple like because you want to look good. Then ask yourself again why you want to look good? You may say because I want to look good my wedding. Ask yourself again why you want to look good for your wedding? You may say something like, I want to look good for my wedding because I want to wear the dress that my mother wore at her wedding. Ask yourself why you want to wear that dress? I want to wear that dress because that’s been a family tradition and I want to keep the tradition because that’s very important to me.
So as you can see… “Loose 30 pounds by June 15th 2012” is not as powerful as “loose 30 pounds by June 15th 2012 because I want to look good in the wedding dress that my mother wore and that’s a family tradition which is very important to me”
You must have a deep emotional reason WHY you want to achieve your fitness goal. Your WHY is what keeps you focused, motivated and determined every single day. The fitness journey will get hard along the way so make sure you have a strong reason WHY.
The 5 steps to properly write your goals are (S.M.A.R.T.):
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time bound
It’s easy to make general goals like “I want to loose weight”. The problem with this kind of goal is that the goal is not properly defined. I want you to ask yourself exactly how much weight you want to loose?
Properly define how much weight you want to loose. You can say something like “I want to loose 30 pounds”. This way you will know when you have reached your goal. You can make plans accordingly and you can track your weekly progress.
When writing down your goal make sure that it is attainable. For example do not say “I want to loose 30 pounds in one month”. Instead you can say “I want to loose 30 pounds in 3 months”. This way you know it can be attainable and you are not setting yourself for failure.
A realistic goal is very similar to an attainable goal. The only difference in here is that the goal must be realistic to you. You must believe that you can reach that goal. If you do not believe that you can loose 30 pounds in 3 days, then you probably wont. Even though loosing 30 pounds is attainable for some people, it is not realistic to you. So instead you can change your goal to whatever it is realistic to you. It can be something like “I want to loose 30 pounds in 4 months”.
Your goal needs to have a specific time that you want to accomplish it by. Put a date on your goal and simply refuse to fail. “I want to loose 30 pounds by June, 15th 2012”
How to make sure you reach your fitness goal
Whatever your goal is, I want you to come up with at least three things that you will do every single day to help you achieve it. I want you to write them down every single day and check them off once you completed them. For example if your goal is “I want to loose 30 pounds by June, 15th 2012”
The three things that you can write down can be something like:
1. Exercise 30-40 minutes per day
2. Prepare your healthy meals in advance
3. Eat 6 small healthy meals per day every 2-3 hours
So in this example, you must do those three things EVERY SINGLE DAY till you reach your goal. If you do not check off those three things every single day, then the day is a complete failure. If you have a lot of failure days, I can guarantee that you will be back in 2013 in the same spot and making the same fitness resolution. I know this sounds harsh, but reality can be harsh. I’m writing this, because I want to help you reach your fitness goals. I challenge you to stick to your goals and simply refuse to fail.