We survived the first few weeks of January!! So my question to you is – are your goals still in the forefront of your mind or are they starting to feel like a distant memory? The start of January often sets in all sorts of panic about what we feel we ‘should’ be doing, instead of what we actually ‘want’ to do. Has anyone noticed how many lose weight/eat healthy/what diet is best programmes are on at the moment? This is because everyone is in the same mindset & it’s played on. #NewYearNewMe
We are in the mindset in January because everything around us is shouting Diet/Exercise/Better you! I started the year thinking I will have a dry January – Call me cliché but I honestly ate and drank far more than usual so want to give my body the chance to recover. I also have a goal to get stronger over the next months, working predominately on my squats and deadlifts. One thing I also wrote down was to do a marathon this year. I sat and looked at what I’d written for a while, realising that actually it wasn’t something I wanted to do at all. Yes, I feel it is something I should do.. you know the ‘bucket list’ sort of thing but if I was honest with myself, I don’t enjoy running that much and would rather push myself in other ways, with a variety of events to focus on – some fun, some a challenge.
So, if you are already finding yourself a little less motivated than last week, knowing that next week you’ll have even less love for gym/exercise/bootcamp – Here are some steps to successful goal setting. I am trying to use these in all aspects of life, be it work, fitness, personal goals, to ensure I get to where I want to be. Of course, we can stumble across hurdles and some things may take longer than we hoped but use these steps to help you achieve the things you want.
- Be Specific – Make your goal/s clear & concise, adding dates to tasks and when you want to complete things by.
- Measure it – In fitness and weight management, this is fairly easy as we can do body measurements, photos etc but find a way to be able to clearly compare the start and finish point.
- Make it Realistic – While it can be amazing to dream and I do think making a wish-list with endless possibility is also a nice idea, making goals realistic and achievable, will help keep you motivated and on track. If we go to the gym everyday, we don’t see results tomorrow, or necessarily next week, but in a month, sticking with it, we will.
- Create a Timeline & Set a Date – Look at your goals and prioritise them with 1,2,3 in order of what you want to complete first. Next to each one, then write down the date you want to have achieved it by. e.g. By 28th Feb 2017, I want to lose 10 lbs.
- Work at it! Do you ever find yourself thinking if only I had more willpower? Taking your goals one at a time, strive to do at least one productive thing towards it everyday to get you closer to that goal. Consistency is key: If you skip a day, be sure to make it up the next day.The same works for off days – if you eat badly one day & fall off the wagon a bit, don’t let that be the whole week of good planned eating out the window. Start the next day afresh and don’t beat yourself up about the off day.
I hope you find this helpful and are able to use this goal setting in all aspects of life. Remember, goals should stretch you to achieve, but be within grasp and your capabilities. Think about what would have the most positive impact on your life right now…and then go get ’em.