“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Zig Ziglar
That’s one of those phrases that comes to me every time I wonder why I’m doing this. It’s one thing to know that fitness helps your mind and body, but having a goal in mind is what keeps me on track.
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same thing, the same routine, the same breakfast, the same snacks and before you know it, your fitness regime and all your resolutions and goals fall into the same rut.
Here’s the ticket: Goals don’t have to be huge. In fact, they shouldn’t be. We might all have a large goal that sits farther in the future. You might want to lose 50 pounds, or finally run that half marathon. To some it can feel overwhelming when you do your first run or workout.
But we are going to do this together!
Step 1: determine final goal
So first, write down your goals! Define it as best you can:
• What is your ultimate weight loss goal?
• How are you changing what you eat?
• What size would you like to be?
• How many days per week do you want to exercise?
• Which article of clothing do you wish would fit your body again?
• How much weight would you like to lift while strength training?
Let’s start by determining the final end goal.
Step 2: determine smaller goals within
Then begin to break it down into smaller goals.
If your ultimate goal is shed 50 pounds, then together we can determine how much that looks like a month, a week, a day. Taking on the goal of the day is much easier to see than the final target.
By breaking down your goals, you have now created smaller easier targets. It’s easier to overcome a challenge of 1 pound instead of 50. It’s a simple principle but it works.
Step 3: map them out to your fitness and diet routines
Now that we’ve broken down your final goal into smaller bite-sized bits, together we can figure out what you need to do to hit those daily targets.
Step 4: accountability
This is where I get really excited. Accountability sounds like an overwhelming concept – owning it. We’d all like to run and hide but you’ve already decided you want more so let’s do this!
Here’s the thing – it’s not all on you! That’s where your trainer/coach comes in…
Once you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there. But you have to start moving toward your goals. That is where momentum comes in, and the whole process becomes just a little bit easier.
Nobody said this would be easy. They said it would be worth it.