You can be the most knowledgeable person in the world. You can have the skills and understanding, but if you don’t have a system in place to keep you motivated or accountable; you’ll go nowhere fast.
Most of us know what our goals are: how we want to feel, what we want to look like. The truth is, however, not many of us know how to get there. Whether you desire small or big changes, together we will walk through simple strategies to help set and achieve realistic goals.
1. YOUR GOAL
This is typically the first thing that pops into your head when you are asked “what is your goal”. It is likely something broad such as get stronger, lose weight, eat better, or get lean.
These broad goals are a great place to start, but its hard to create strategies to reach these if we first don’t narrow down exactly what we mean by “get stronger.” So, these broader goals lead us to our objective goals.
2. OBJECTIVE GOAL
This is what you SPECIFICALLY want to achieve. You might want to do a push up, lose 8% body fat, run 5 km, or do a chin up. These specific goals give your program direction and gives you something real to focus on and work towards.
3. ACTION GOALS
These are the small steps you will take daily and/or weekly to reach and complete your objective goals. An example could be strengthening the muscles that are used in a push up, going for a run 2-3x per week, drinking enough water, eating vegetables at every meal, or doing a strength-based workout 3x a week.
Some objective goals are bigger than others, and may require multiple action goals to achieve it. Smaller goals may only need one action. Whatever it is you want to achieve, break it up into small manageable steps. This will help you feel less overwhelmed and will map out how you will achieve your objective and broad goals.
The greatest thing about personal goal setting is that you can’t go wrong. Your goals are YOURS and no one else’s. There is no point in chasing something that isn’t important to you. Set yourself up for success by creating realistic action goals and holding yourself to your own highest standard. Tape your goals to you mirror and be constantly reminded of what you’re working towards – even when you don’t feel like it. Because the truth is that no one is motivated 100% of the time. Look at your goals, be reminded of what you’re working towards and do not give up on yourself. Show up, do the work, and experience the change.
Change requires small, consistent actions overtime. It is up to you what you want your change to look like.
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