How To Reach Your Workout Goals By Bonnie Pfiester
Setting goals is not difficult. It's maintaining balance and staying focused while trying to reach your goals that are a challenge. It's so easy to get sidetracked by things that don't matter, allowing small stuff get in the way of your plans. This happens with work, relationships, fitness and other areas of our life. Priorities get choked out by circumstance and a lack of accountability. Reaching goals requires planning, measuring and correcting.
Working toward your goals is like building a house. There are so many components that go into building a home, it requires extensive planning. Life is much more complicated than building a house, so why would we think we can reach our goals without using plans and the right tools?
Here are 3 building blocks to help you reach your goals:
1. PLAN: First you must make a plan and follow it the same way you stake a lot and design house plans. Where do you want to end up? Where do you want to be next year, ten years, fifty years? How do you plan to get there? These are questions you not only have to ask yourself, but you have to answer. Make a list of all your goals and priorities. This is the foundation to success.
Prioritize your goals in the order of importance. Describe those goals as long-term, short-term, temporary, lasting, optional and mandatory. Use these descriptions to help you determine how you should spend your time each day as you work on these goals. Post those goals where you can see them every day, checking the list often.
2. MEASURE: Grab your tools and get ready for an inspection. Rank the amount of time and effort you apply to each goal daily. For example, use "one" to reflect the most time and energy spent and "ten" as the least time and energy spent. Compare your ranking to the order of priorities according to your "plans". Many times we can honestly justify our hard work or efforts, but when you see it on paper the undeniable truth is revealed. Suddenly, in black and white, we see how certain things can accidentally take the place of another priority.
3. CORRECT: An inspector is not coming to your house to inspect your progress so you have to check yourself. This is where people go wrong. Most people don't take the time to hold themselves accountable in the first place, much less try to make changes. Like building a home, the tasks can be overwhelming at times. You'll be tempted to make compromises or even give up. You won't fail if you mess up - you only fail if you give up.
People often beat themselves up over a few pounds or a bad meal, forgetting the 50 pounds they already lost. If you mess up, take a step back and look at the big picture. Don't get bogged down with everything that's wrong, because you miss all that's right.
About Bonnie Lee Pfiester
Health Club Owner, Wife to TV Fitness Trainer and Host, Health & Beauty Columnist, Keynote Speaker, Model, Musician, Artist, Automotive/Motorcycle Enthusiast and Community Leader.