Sticking to Your Goals by Mary

Sticking To Your Goals

How many times have you started something new, only to let it become another unaccomplished task? Do you start things and never fully finish?  How about only thinking of the new task and never starting it? You are not alone!!!  Several things play into achieving your goals, not just your fitness and health goals, but life goals in general.

Dr. Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., with the American Council on Exercise, gives the top ten reasons that goals are important:

  1. Helps you focus on important things in your life
  2. Gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation
  3. Achieving a goal increases self-confidence
  4. You learn about yourself through your goals
  5. Helps you use and organize your time effectively
  6. Keeps you believing you are doing something valuable in your life
  7. Unlocks self-esteem
  8. Provides energy to move forward
  9. Gives you laser focus
  10. Makes you accountable

Setting SMART goals will accomplish your goals.  The acronym SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-related.  When you set SMART goals, you are better prepared to stick with the goal and reach it!

Specific: State exactly what it is that you want to accomplish, why is this important (benefits to achieving goal), and who do you see involved (trainer, spouse, family, or friends)?

Measurable: How will you measure progress?

Attainable: How will you accomplish goal?

Realistic: Is this goal truly worthwhile to you?

Time-related: When will you accomplish this goal?

Don’t sabotage yourself.  Instead of thinking what an inconvenience it is to keep a daily food dairy, think of how you will become healthier and lose more weight.  When you start feeling overwhelmed by the idea of eating differently (HEALTHIER), think of the value of becoming fitter, healthier and losing weight.  Think positively.

How To Be Successful:

1) Speak and write!

Verbalize your goal/s to others so that they can encourage and support you along the way.

Write yourself encouraging notes with positive mantras on them: “You can do it!”  “You are strong!”  “Don’t give up!” and “I believe in you!”

2) Be flexible.  If you don’t reach your goal exactly the way you wanted to, don’t give up.  It’s helpful to go back and re-evaluate our goals from time to time to make sure they are still relevant.  Maybe your fitness level has changed since setting the goal and you need to make the goal more challenging, or scale back.  This is OK!!!  Don’t fret over it.

3) Don’t sabotage yourself.  Instead of thinking what an inconvenience it is to go workout, think of how you will become healthier and lose more weight.  When you feel like you can’t fit working out into your schedule, do it anyway.  Think of the value of becoming fitter, healthier and losing more weight.

 

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