I always like to ask the members of my classes if they have any goals written down. I ask this regularly to help them stay focused and motivated.
You see, it’s easy to go through the motions sometimes and become complacent if you don’t have goals. Over time motivation will disappear and you may find yourself heading in the opposite direction.
If you are reading this today and don’t currently have any goals written down then listen up!
When it comes to setting goals it is normal to look ahead and picture how you want to look, feel, or what size you want to fit into over a period of time. If you are at the beginning of your fat loss journey these goals can seem overwhelming, so far away.
One goal we should all have is to NOT STRESS about reaching your goals. This really does help! You are far more likely to succeed when you aren’t defeating yourself with stress. Set yourself up for success by writing down attainable goals and posting them where you will see them daily.
To help you stay motivated it is essential that you make short term goals within your long term goals.
Here are some examples:
- If your long term goal is to reach a certain body fat percentage then break that number into smaller increments. Set a short term goal to reach a certain percentage every 6 weeks or so. This way you will see your progress and hard work paying off along the way. This will also help you to take a closer look at or tweak your plan if you aren’t seeing any changes.
- If you are a heavy soda drinker and your goal is to stop drinking soda then set a short term goal of saying you will cut your soda drinking in half for a couple weeks. Then once you have successfully reached that mark then cut it in half again. Believe it or not once you stop drinking it in excess chances are you won’t even want it anymore!
Whatever your goal is, start small, and KEEP AT IT!
I know you will get there one day. Take time to celebrate your small victories now and it will make the getting to the big one later so much easier.