Achieving fitness and diet goals is not an easy task. It’s an endeavor that calls for serious determination, commitment, consistency and passion.
The first viable step to getting started on your fitness or diet journey would be to set realizable goals. It is the most crucial aspect of the process. In fact, goal setting separates those who will succeed in the long run from those who wouldn’t owing to unrealizable expectations or the misconception that the process is going to be easy.
Now that you’ve found yourself at that point where you need to set goals, we’ve come up with these tips to help you make the process a seamless one.
Here are the things you need to know
Break your goal into possible milestones
The reason why most goals fail is because they are too big. It’s quite easy to say, “I want to lose 50 pounds at the end of this year” only to find out as time goes on, that you are no way near losing 25 pounds at the end of nine (9) months. So, it’s better to break your goals into smaller realizable units. Instead of losing 50 pounds in a year, you can decide to lose one pound weekly or four pounds on a monthly basis.
Your goal should be specific
Don’t confuse yourself, know what you want to do. Having specific goals to meet gives you a strengthened sense of responsibility as you’d do everything within your capacity to achieve the goal. Know that it’s easier to hit specific goals than goals that are not clear cut.
Set feasible and attainable goals
Be truthful to yourself. Only you know your capacity and understand your body better. So set goals that you have the capacity to achieve. For instance, if you are the type that binge, it might not be easy to cut yourself off from such unhealthy diet suddenly. You have to develop a systematic plan to gradually overcome the problem.
It should be time-bound
What makes a goal a goal is the element of time. Whether you want to bulk up, slim down or go completely veggie, the sense of time you attach to the goals is what inspires you to give your best to the process.
Track your progress
You want to know where you are at certain point in time. So, it’s important to track your progress so as to check your excesses and not deviate from the original plan.
When you treat yourself to special rewards after achieving a small goal, it goes a long way in shaping your focus in the long run.
Goal setting is important if you are to achieve what you desire. Don’t take it for granted!