If you’re anything like me, you may tend to come up with some awesome goals for yourself. Now these goals sound awesome if I achieve them, but I tend to not factor in some realistic expectations and fall short.
Falling short of your goals time and time again can completely drain yourself of motivation. This is exactly what I used to do, which held me back.
Something needed to be done. I am a stubborn person at times and I refused to let this go on any further.
Which is why I came to realize I need to take into account the contributing factors when coming up with my goals.
I want to share with you some tips you’ll find useful in order to set realistic fitness goals that are challenging, but not impossible to reach.
How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals
We set goals in life to give what we do purpose. Goals are the main reason we push ourselves to new limits. Fitness goals are no different.
Your fitness goals need to be clearly defined and measured by comparing ourselves from the beginning to the end.
Here are some things to keep in mind to create some kick ass realistic fitness goals that are challenging and rewarding:
- Goals are NOT wishes – Goals need to be something you can and will act upon. Don’t just wish for something, do it!
- Goals are clearly defined – Many people make goals that are vague. Instead of making a negative goal that says something like, “I want to lose weight” make it “I will lose 5 inches off my waistline in 12 weeks.”
- It’s all about your mindset – Take a look at the two goals I mentioned above. Aside from vagueness, can you spot something else wrong in the first goal? It says ‘I want‘. ‘Want’ is a dream that isn’t acted upon. Look at the second goal, see what was replaced by ‘want’? ‘I will‘ is more powerful than ‘I want’. Make sure your goals have action words. You want to be able to just say your goals aloud and see yourself doing what’s necessary to achieve them.
- Set a deadline – Goals need to have a start and end date. By putting in an end date, you can clearly measure the progress you’ve made.
- Don’t stop once you reach your goal – I see this too many times. Once you reach you goal, don’t stop. Set another goal and keep going! Push yourself further! By setting a fitness goal and stopping there you put yourself at risk of going back to where you were before.
- Make sure goals are obtainable – Be realistic here. If you can only lose 1-2 pounds a week on a healthy diet and exercise plan then setting a goal that you want to lose 20 pounds in a month is just not realistic.
- Don’t set and forget – Goals need to be written down and put somewhere you can see every day. Put it on the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator or even on your desk. The point is to always have your specific fitness goals on your mind and fresh in your head so you know what you want to achieve.
By following these above tips, you should be able to come up with some specific clearly defined realistic goals that have a start and end date. They will be challenging and rewarding.
After all, remember why you’re setting goals in the first place. You want to give yourself more motivation to turn a ‘want’ into a ‘will’. Isn’t it time you turn those dreams into reality? Set your fitness goals and go out there and get to work on them.
What are some of the fitness goals you’ve come up with? Have you been successful in achieving them?