Goalsetting for success
Setting goals when beginning a challenge is crucial to your success! You need a goal that will set you up for success rather than something unrealistic that will set you up for failure.
A goal needs to be something you can work towards and it doesn’t have to be a certain number on the scales either. Remember: it’s not always about that number!
A great tool to use when setting goals is the ‘SMART’ method.
When we’re specific about what we are after, it becomes clearer in our minds and the success rate is higher. Ambiguous and complicated plans are easier to ignore when they don’t happen in the time-frame we’d like.
Nail down your goals and be crystal clear. ‘Getting fit’ isn’t a specific goal. Being able to run 3km without stopping or or squat 80kg are specific.
“If you can measure it, you can manage it.”
Your goals need to be able to be measured with cold, hard numbers. The best place to start is by checking where your health is currently at. Get on the scales, take tests, pictures or measurements. Check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels with your doctor too. Then, once you have all the numbers and results, work out where it is you’d like to be.
Measurable goals help you to see changes week by week or month by month. Plus, the exhilaration you feel from achievement is incredible – it will inspire you to reach that final goal!
Your goals need to be honest and, perhaps more importantly, attainable. Take your job, family and social life and current fitness level into consideration. Then, set a goal you are capable of achieving without sacrificing work, family or sanity!
A goal of losing 15 kilos in three weeks is a little too optimistic, however, losing 8 kilos over 12 weeks is more achievable (not to mention more maintainable).
Your goal needs to be realistic! Realistic goals are maintainable and practically achievable over the assigned time period. Even if you set yourself an achievable weight loss goal, but use methods that are impractical, that goal is then unrealistic.
Be honest with yourself about what you can do in order to get fit or reach your specific goal, and understand what it will take to make it happen. There are 24 hours in a day and, even though some people can do two hours a day if they have nothing on, you have to figure out how to realistically fit it into your life. One hour is probably a more realistic and sustainable amount.
Having a time-based goal doesn’t mean you have to do it in the shortest time frame possible. It means you need to do it within a certain time-frame so you stay motivated to hit your goal by the time that period is up. Set your date by which you want to achieve your goal, and then figure out a day-by-day, week-by-week plan to reach it.
If you don’t put a time limit on your goal, there’s no determination to start taking action now. Without a time-based plan there’s usually not enough motivation and discipline to maintain steady momentum.
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