How to improve your fitness and life
We are into February already! Many of us will have set New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year and at first it can be easy to set goals, but how many of us actually follow up the processes needed to achieve them after the first rush of enthusiasm? In this post I’m going to talk about why I think it’s important to regularly refer back to our goals to remind ourselves why we shouldn’t let them taper off. Goals or targets are great tools in life to motivate self-growth and without them it’s very easy to drift from one day to the next. Here are some points that may offer some encouragement to keep you going!
Remember that goals give you an end vision – something to work towards. Our lives are often so fast-paced that we don’t really give ourselves time to think about what it is we truly want to develop. Keep taking the time to ask yourself what you want from this year and visualize it often. Know what it will feel like when it is achieved.
Goals should keep you motivated, so choose ones that will really make a difference. It is often thought that inspiration comes from others but true motivation can only come from within. Use your end vision to motivate yourself to drive forward every single day.
Keep focused. You have set your goals because they are important to you. Refer back to them as regularly as you can and assess if your actions and behaviors are truly helping you move towards them.
There will be days when you don’t want to act on achieving your goals, and sitting in your current situation will be much more comfortable. However when this happens make sure you notice it and make small steps to steer back on course. In other words, it takes time to develop new behaviours. Consistency is key and it will help you build momentum toward achieving your goals so be in control of your actions.
When you stay accountable to your goals, you’re staying true to your vision. Tell others what you are aiming for to encourage action, not talk.
A sense of achievement. Fulfillment is a really important aspect and in many ways is the goal of the goal itself. It is a great to be able to congratulate yourself for something you have completed.
If you are struggling with your 2015 goals take a minute to review them now and make sure they are SMART:
Specific: rather than saying, “I want to get in shape,” you could say, “I’m going to sign up for an adventure race.”
Measureable: you need to be able to track your progress. Rather than saying I’ll read more, give yourself a time frame. For example “I’m going to read for 30 minutes a day.”
Achievable: Make sure you are honest about your current situation and make the goals realistic. You might not be able to fulfill your dream of winning an Oscar this year, but you could join a drama society.
Relevant: Make sure your goal is truly something that will benefit you. Is it worthwhile? Is this the right time to do this?
Time: If you haven’t been, set yourself deadlines and due dates. This will keep you focused and stop little items blocking your vision. Examples of this may be “I’m going to increase my squat by 10% in 6 months,” or “I’m going to buy a house before September.”
Stay positive! Make sure the language you use around your goal is positive. Rather than “I won’t…”, say “I will…” or “I am…”
Establish habits and create the tools that help. you This is where you create the tools and small changes that will make achieving you goals easier. Put your goals in to a calendar, set reminders, make contact with people who can help, and set yourself rewards for reaching your goals.