How often do you goal set? For optimal results your should be goalsetting on a regular basis. Here are 6 steps to help you succeed.
Identify your mission: Ask yourself what matters most to you. There’s no right or wrong answer here.
Manage your energy: Help yourself to stay engaged and motivated by keeping your energy levels up through the day. A few ways you can do this are: eating every 3hrs, giving yourself small mental breaks during long tasks at work, creating emotional stability by making time for friends and family.
Make stress your friend: Stress is the stimulus for growth. Stress isn’t the enemy, whenever we challenge ourselves there’s going to be a stress factor, these tough times are what mold us. Learn to take control during these times.
Train like an athlete: Elite athletes know that training has two phases; the stimulus or stress factor and the recovery period. Those who control both see the greatest results .
change the story: you don’t have to be a victim of circumstance, this is after all your story so create your days how you want them to be lived.
Become your mission: I don’t lift; I am a lifter, this is my life. When something is important to you it takes up your life, its who you become. When you hear runners talk they say, “I am a runner”. I want you to think about how you define yourself, because whether you like it or not you are the sum or your daily habits.
How many times have you said, ” I’ll start again on Monday.. after the holidays.. as soon as work slows down?” I’m sure you’ve convinced yourself more than a few times that it wasn’t an excuse, but truth be told it is. Never fear, I have 5 easy steps for you to follow to not only get back on track but stay there and get into the best shape of your life.
1. Be Specific- “lose 20lbs” isn’t specific enough, you need to put a deadline, measurements and pictures to really get specific.
2. Know why you want it- knowing why you want to change is just as important as getting to your goal. Usually its because of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, ridicule, fear the list goes on. Remember that reason, it will be the motivation that keeps you going when things get tough and you want to give up. Keep that motivation close by, like a picture on your wall or fridge or even in your phone so just you can see it.
3. Be Realistic- If you haven’t gotten off the couch for 10 years and you expect to see results in 2 weeks, you’ve already failed. Choose something challenging but realistic and once you’ve hit that then start to add up more goals. And don’t forget to reward yourself for reaching them.
4. Take Immediate Action- We all know what we need to do to see results, eat better and exercise but it’s so easy to fall off the wagon. Make your workouts appointments that can’t be missed and find a support team to help you with your eating habits, get cook books and healthy recipes to help with the transition away from packaged and processed foods which you should be avoiding at all costs.
5. Get Back Up- The only way we truly fail is when we stop trying, there are going to be ups and downs, triumphs and failures. Don’t get down on yourself. Find a support team to help pick you up when things get tough. The time is going to pass regardless, so before you know it you’ll be down 10,20 maybe even 30lbs feeling good and having more energy than you’ve had in years.
Commited to your success,