Setting fitness goals can be frustrating. Yet it's important to your success if you need to get into better shape. And as a martial artist I can tell you that there's no way around it. If you're not setting and measuring your targets then you're going nowhere so far as fitness is concerned.
So how do you go about setting fitness goals? The technique I am going to share with you will not only serve you in getting the body that you would like, nonetheless it can be applied to any area of your life too.
Step 1: Find your need. Almost all of the goal setting material that I have read tells you to start by writing down anything you'd like to do, have, or be. This is designed to really pump you up and get you excited. And it does…for a time. As a guy if I just begin to write fitness goals like “Bench Press 500lbs. And win a body-building contest” I'd feel hyped up in the moment and prepared to ‘conquer my future ‘, but am I really committed to that kind of goal? Does it truly encourage me? Potentially not.
I might suggest that you pay more notice to what you REALLY need as you sit down to pen your goals. First, ask yourself why you are doing all this in the first place. Do you miss being able to play more unreservedly with your kids? Maybe a goal to be in a position to play soccer with your boy for a half hour is a worthy desire.
Whatever the goals are that you choose, write 1 paragraph as to Why you want to achieve that goal. How will it provide benefits to you? What are the long term results of attaining that goal? This is where you can actually start to connect to your goal. This is what makes the biggest difference between those who give up after the primary excitement of their dreams and those that stay committed to their passions.
Warning: Many individuals have scaled the ladder of success only to find that this was leaning against the wrong wall. So do the analysis to be certain that the goals you've set will actually help you to fulfill your desire. For instance, going anorexic isn't a good weight loss program and will NOT result in you feeling healthier. Also, be sure to evaluate your ambitions occasionally to be sure that they are pragmatic and that they are still bringing you closer to your wants (the WHY’S behind achieving them).
Step 2: Fact Check.Dream huge and you could surprise yourself with what you can do. But dream Too large and your subconscious will only giggle at you and make you chuck in the towel.
One of my pals is good at the game Radiance. And every time we play he destroys me. It's not even fun for me anymore. After the first couple times he kills me I don't need play because there is not any point. I don't feel challenged, I feel overwhelmed.
Don’t let this happen to you in your fitness or lifetime goals. Ask if you are being hard-headed about your ambitions. You would like to find the balance between challenging and overwhelming. As your confidence in yourself grows you can always re-establish your ambitions.
Step 3: Set up a supporting system. This means strategize. Figure out what you can do to make success simpler and failure harder. I recommend you write down at least 3 circumstances that you find most challenging and then (without or with aid from a pal) create a plan to address those eventualities when they show up.
To explain, I have been focusing more on my diet recently. I quickly learned that unless I had a fully stocked fridge of healthy food selections I was fighting a very hard battle when mealtime came. So what do I do now? I keep my refrigerator ready at all times with several healthy options.
Many folks find that a support group, friend, or responsibility partner can be massively beneficial. I also like to read books related to my goals, as it keeps me more centered and happy about them. There are a bunch of ways to keep yourself galvanized as you're employed to realize your goals. Be happy to share some more tactics in the comments section of this work.
Ultimately, seriously consider engaging a personal trainer. As a fitness coach myself I'm able to tell you, there is a lot more technological foundation behind reaching your fitness goals than you can get from just reading a book. And a tutor knows how to get results because he (hopefully) has gotten them for others many many times.