Here are my top four tips to help you decide on positive goals that will push you to become healthier and more productive. If you read my post on thinking like an athlete then you’ll know that being focused can help you think more clearly and meet your personal goals.
This way of thinking has worked for me and I’ve never looked back. My mantra for challenges in life is ‘when in doubt, think like an athlete‘. So, whether you need to exercise more or you want to up your game in life, you may benefit from my helpful insider tips. My tips are written toward improving your health and fitness but you can apply them to any goal you can imagine.
1. Ask yourself WHY? And then write it down.
Be honest with yourself about why you want to improve. In my experience, once you put it down on paper it becomes real.
- Do you need to get fit? Why?
- Do you need an energy boost? Why?
- Do you have extra pounds to lose? Why?
- Or, do you want to compete at a higher level? Why?
The reason you give will help you understand HOW you can best meet your goal. For example, if you put down that you need to get fit because you want to have more energy to play with your kids, then it makes sense to build up your activity levels by involving your children. You could race with them or work out on the sidelines while they’re absorbed in an activity they love. That way you’re meeting your goal of becoming fit and doing something that will make you happier.
2. Set a GOAL and make a plan.
Many people find that once they have a specific goal to strive toward, it motivates them to get started. Begin with something achievable and make sure your goal is tangible. Deciding to ‘get fit’ is pretty abstract, so try to quantify what you want to do. Maybe you want to walk outside for at least 10 minutes every day or you want to be fit enough to take part in a 5k jog in three months time… Think about what you can and what you will do to become more active.
3. SHARE your goal.
Tell people about your goal and they can help you stay on track. If you share your plans with a loved one, friend or co-worker, they can help you by holding you accountable. Making a verbal commitment can also help boost your motivation. Once you have verbally made a commitment to improve yourself, the added pressure of someone asking you about it, may push you to succeed. This will help motivate you on the days you are tired or trying to find an excuse to quit.
4. PLAN for success instead of failure.
Don’t self-sabotage. If you hate running, then putting running into your plan will sabotage your efforts before you even start. Yes, running is good for you but if it brings back terrible memories of childhood gym class or cross-country races then chances are you’ll suddenly find an old closet to clean out instead!
Make a smart plan by picking an activity you enjoy. With so many physical activities to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something that you can look forward to each week.
Find your WHY, write your GOAL, SHARE your goal, make a PLAN, and head toward success in all that you do.
Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.