No matter what it is you want to achieve in life, it goes without saying that you are going to need some goals laid out to keep you focused. If for example you want to become an actor, then you need to look at signing up for some acting classes, preparing your headshots, securing a reliable photographer for said headshot, and scouting out potential opportunities through distributing these headshots and putting your name out there. As you can see, this is a plan. And that is what you primarily need when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Those who are old-hands at this will not have a problem, but if you have just started working out you will need all the help you can get.
Know Your Long-Term Wants
When all is said and done, what do you want at the end of the day? Well to re-phrase, what do you want from your fitness regime? Is it to enjoy old age in better health? Is it to lose and keep off the excess weight that is threatening your health overall? Do you want to become stronger? Whatever your goals are, this is where you think ahead. 15-20 years ahead even. Maybe you want to be able to run about with your kids more, and in general feel good about yourself Beyoncé-style. It all requires a leap into the future.
Know Your Short-Term Goals
Now that you know what you want over the long-term, it is time to think about how you are going to achieve those goals right now. In other words, what short-term goals will you set that contribute towards achieving these long-term goals? For example, what type of fitness program will you start with? A fast-paced one? A more relaxed one? Something challenging perhaps? Depending on what it is you hope to achieve in the long-run, you can then outline your short-term goals to help get you there. Think of it as a vehicle if you will, transporting you from point A to point B.
Measure Your Results
How can you know how you are faring if you do not measure your achievements? You need to check in every so often, (and that does not mean merely weighing yourself) so you can tell how far you have come and how far you have to go. Plus, when you see you have actually hit your goals, it truly feels so good. Make sure that when you set your goals, they are measurable. That way you can monitor and keep track of your progress, allowing you to also make adjustments as and when you need to.
Everybody likes to be recognised for their hard work, commitment and dedication, even if it means you having to pat yourself on the back for it. There is nothing wrong with it either. In fact, it is actually great for keeping you motivated. Whenever you do hit a target, go ahead and celebrate. Just remember not to overdo it so you undo all your work overnight which would be a pity! Take a day off from the gym, watch a movie or enjoy a cheat meal, whatever makes you feel like you are well rewarded for your efforts.