Everything you learn in this guide is going to help you be successful, but I start with goal setting because this is really where it all begins.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know that and those who do, are far too vague with their goal.
If you really want to make a difference in your health and fitness, you need to specify what it is you want. It is not enough to just simply say you want to be healthier.
What is it that you are trying to do?
Do you want to lose weight?
Defining your goal is going to help you get where you want to go. Just answering “yes,” to any of the questions above isn’t enough.
When you have a specific goal, you can more easily plan how you are going to achieve that goal. You will be able to understand the steps you need to take to reach it.
And when you have a game plan, your odds of success are so much greater.
You might be thinking that if you have to make your goal specific, you will have a ton of goals you are going to have to set. That is okay.
I was the exact same way when I started. I wanted to improve my health and fitness by eating better, cutting down on sugars, reducing my stress, getting better sleep, and exercising routinely.
And once I really made a plan for each, they were much easier to consistently go after.
You can have a bunch of goals. You just need to specify them and take them one at a time.
This isn’t an area of your life that you can change overnight. It is going to take time, but I promise, it will be worth it.
Once you have your specific goal, you need to think about why you want that goal. I will always refer to this as your why or your purpose.
This should be considered part of your goal setting. You should never specify a goal without doing this part because this is the heart and soul behind that goal!
It is going to be what drives you and keeps you moving towards that goal. Your why should have feelings behind it.
If your goal is to lose weight, your why should not just be because you will fit in your clothes better.
It should be more like, losing weight would make me more confident and comfortable in my skin. I would also feel healthier and gain more energy. I would be more excited to wake up each morning and take on the day.
Which statement makes you want to keep pushing forward? The second of course!
Because your purpose is that important and feelings have such a strong effect on what we do.
It is a good idea to write this out so you can refer back to it often to help keep your why in mind and you moving forward.
How You Can Use This Today
You can start using goal setting today by taking some time and specifying your goals. Don’t forget to include your purpose as well.
I always recommend starting with one or two small goals to get some momentum.
Things like, replacing soda with flavored sparkling water, adding more greens to your diet, or walking an extra 500 steps a day.
Pick goals that are going to get you close to that big goal/s you have. This will help set you up for success.
If you are still struggling with goal setting and want some additional guidance, check out my goal setting workbook that walks you through exactly what you need to do. And it offers ways to track your goals to make sure you are on the right path.