What to know How to Achieve your Fitness Goals? “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
1. WORK WITH THE END VISION IN MIND – FOCUS ON SUCCESS
Beginning with the end in mind is a key first step in goal setting. If you are the programmer, write the program, says goal expert- Stephen R. Covey. Goals help us to focus, and the quality of our attention is enhanced by a having a goal so fun and interesting that we can’t help but make it a success. Let’s say, you want to organize your workspace so that everyone is inspired to do their best work. The in-between steps: such as ergonomic concerns & planning comfortable lighting, by themselves can seem mundane, but joined together they form a larger accomplishment which will appear more of an achievement. Fitness is the same; you must start off putting basic parts of a plan together. Before long you will feel and also see improvement before your very eyes. Focus on success & keep in mind how you want things to end up. Soon enough you’ll be successful.
— name the accomplishment
— give your goal a title
— Identify the schedule for what needs to be done by when
— how would you like things to end up.
— identify the positive reasons for pursuing the goal
2. RAISE THE BAR – SHOOT FOR THE MOON
Define greatness, challenge your limits, double the goal, or try something new. These are just some of the sentiments that put our plans into action and move us towards revolutionary results. Look around and see the very essence of regular activities being tested and re-imagined. Examples could be schools re-defining Physical Education by bringing in activities ranging from kickboxing to more unusual offerings like tai chi and yoga. Raising the bar on a project can simply mean taking one extra step, having an allegiance to a weird idea, or devoting to a regular practice. Commit to a goal in a meaningful way, personalize it & make it your own, and then watch an otherwise sleepy project wake up and give way to a new found energy, creativity and distinction. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
— double the goal
— challenge the limits
— create a regular practice
— raise your standards, values or beliefs
— make it a game
3. GO THE ROUTE OF LEAST RESISTANCE.
Sometimes a goal deserves a break. TIME magazine reported that after 8 hours of sleep you’d be more than twice as likely to find a shortcut for solving a problem. Suggesting that taking it easy is good for the brain, and what’s good for the brain is good for the overall psyche and soul. Are you doing too much, not getting nourished and being exhausted? Well, perhaps its time to consider another path. Don’t re-invent the wheel. Pick up a book written by an expert, join a group that’s geared around your project, sign up for an informational newsletter, or ask someone to buddy up & help. For instance, if I was writing a fitness plan and struggling with a self-imposed deadline, I could simplify my goal by breaking it up into smaller deliverables. Another over-looked shortcut is to consider smaller steps. The smaller the increments, the easier the goal. Deng Ming-Dao, writes in EVERYDAY TAO, An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already makes a span of 2 inches. Gradually we can improve on that. Go the path of least resistance; it’s a gift of energy and you will eventually find how to achieve your fitness goals.
— don’t reinvent the wheel-find someone who’s done it before
— slow down or change the pace
— keep to minimum daily standards
— write all plans down, so you don’t forget.
— the smaller the increments, the easier the goal
Overall remember to stay positive and keep consistency in what you are doing.
Hope this helps and happy training!
Further Reading: 5 Easy Ways to Boost your Metabolism
Wikipedia: Goal Setting