In our last blog we stated that goal setting is a powerful process for taking baby steps to our dreams. Goals are key to shaping our ideal future, and for motivating ourselves to turn our vision of the future into reality. This applies to every area of life, especially to our health and fitness goals.
Let’s look at why goal setting is so important when it comes to our health. The process of setting goals helps us choose where we want to go in life. By knowing precisely what we want to complete, we know where we have to concentrate our efforts. We are also able to quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure us from our course.
By setting sharp, clearly defined objectives, we can take pride in the achievement of our health goals. We can see progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. Also by setting goals, we also raise our self-confidence, as we knock out our goals one by one.
We must remember that our body is a gift given to us by God to manage for a lifetime. We get one shot, so let’s make it count!
IMAGINE…Think about your health and fitness goals. What would you like to see happen? Go ahead – dream big! Let your mind take you to places it hasn’t been before. What kind of activities would you like to do that you are unable to do right now? What waist size or dress size would you like to be six months from now?
Notice I didn’t say next week! Becoming healthy and fit doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time. Set some goals that are measurable, realistic and attainable. Program your mind to believe that a long term healthy lifestyle is the optimum goal, not just temporary weight loss!
Next, BELIEVE… in your heart that snap shot etched in your mind is going to take place. Create the big picture of what we want, and decide that nothing will stop you to see it take place. Then we break these down into smaller targets that we must hit so that we reach our long-term goals.
And finally, ACHIEVE… Now get rid of the excuses and get started! Am I saying that you actually have to apply yourself 100% to your goals? That’s exactly what I am saying! Take action now to see your dreams come to life.
Take out a sheet of paper and write the following at the top: My long term health and fitness goals (one year goals). Take some quality time to write down your your top five things and put them in order of importance.
Now, in order to accomplish what you have down on paper, you must devise some realistic, attainable short-term goals. Start with six-week goals. Take time to write them down: Six-week goals that will lead me to my long-term goals.
Remember to be very specific. If a long-term goal is to lose 5 inches off of our waist, then a short-term six-week goal may be to take half an inch off your waistline. In order to do this you must break down each goal and ask the question, “What is going to be my plan to achieve this goal?”
These health goals are your future! Each long-term goal must have short-term goals devoted to making them happen, along with specific steps to achieve those goals. Having a plan is half the battle – working the plan is the other half.
This is the perfect time for a healthier, happier, and more energetic YOU in the year to come. Go ahead: IMAGINE, BELIEVE, AND ACHIEVE!