In order to reach a goal you have to set a goal. Sounds pretty basic right? But many people run into a number of problems somewhere during the process between setting a goal and actually accomplishing it. Just think about it. Have you ever set a goal only to find that your anticipated deadline for accomplishing that goal has past and you are no nearer to accomplishing the goal than when you started out? Most of us have faced this problem and when it comes to reaching your fitness goals the matter can become even more daunting.
We know how important goals are when starting any form of training program. So here we are going to give you a few basic tips to making your goal setting during your training more effective. Following these tips will help you stay focused and on track toward reaching your goals.
Step 1: Make Goals That Are Obtainable and Sustainable
I know many of us would love to see huge changes immediately as a result of our training efforts, but lets face it, your squat is not going to jump hundreds of pounds in one week. Set goals that you can actually attain while pushing your body to change. Setting the bar too high can result in frustration while setting the bar too low will not allow you to push your body to its fullest potential. Also, make sure your goals are specific!
Step 2: Write It Down
After you set a goal that is both obtainable and sustainable be sure to write it down. Writing down your goals will hold you more accountable than if you just store them in your head. Put your goal in a place where you will see it multiple times a day. Some good places to put your written down goal are on your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator, in your car, or anywhere that you will see it multiple times a day. This will hold you accountable and focused on reaching your goal.
Step 3: Take Action
Writing your goals down is a great way to hold yourself accountable but without action you are not going to get any closer to your goal. Your goal should include a plan of action. For example you should be following a training and nutrition program that is targeted toward your goals. So your plan of action could be to set mini goals for each individual training session and pushing yourself to reach those goals.
Step 4: Keep a Log Of Your Progress
Another way to stay focused and accountable is to keep a log of your progress along the way. Write down how each workout went; how you felt when you started, the weights you used, anything unusual that happened, and what you would like to improve on etc. You should also be keeping a log of what you eat each day. Putting everything you take into your body down on paper will give you a new perspective of your current dietary habits and will allow you to find ways to improve your nutritional habits.
Like we said before, goal setting should be an important part of your training. So now that you know how important goals are in your journey toward reaching your training expectations and how to set goals, go do it! By following the four steps outlined above we know that you can make your goals a real driving force to keep you accountable and on track. Work hard, stay focused, accomplish your goals and maintain training habits that you can take with your for the rest of your life.