How to set and Maintain Your Goals
So… it’s just about two months into 2017. Have you set your goals yet? Have you begun to work towards you goals? If you have, did you set yourself up for success?
In the 10+ years I have been a professional coach and trainer - most of my clients have had some success with regard to their goals, but the ones that were most successful did their homework up front to set themselves up for success. Their success did not come without great planning and being habitual in the steps they have taken to succeed in their goals.
In this article I hope to get you on your way with setting your goals and help you achieve the goals you have already set.
Below are the 5 helpful tips I use in setting up my personal goals – they are also the steps that have helped my clients best achieve their goals.
Write It Down
THE one big reason: tt has been proven that people who write down their goals are 6 times more likely to achieve them. I have made my clients do this and I have personally done this. The result = goal achieved. Last year I wrote down about 20 goals that I wanted to achieve for myself before 2017. At the end of last year I had reached most of them and the ones I hadn’t, I continue to work on with new goal dates. One of those goals that I wrote down was opening the new location of Crossfit Kingsboro and we all know the end result of that.
2. Seek Guidance
Stating your goals is an important first step. Many people know what goals they want to achieve but don’t necessarily have the structure or knowledge of how to obtain them. If you are having a problem kick starting your goals seek guidance from a friend, family member, mentor, or even a coach! These people may have the experience and knowledge that you need and can bring your goals to fruition. These people can also act as you support network.
3. Set Dates
Sure, you have a goal, or goals, but when do you want to achieve them by? Put a time stamp on when you want to reach your goal. If you are overwhelmed - you can also break your overall goals in to smaller achievable goals until you reach the end game. I have found that setting deadlines can set up positive pressure to achieve that goal. Get a calendar and put it on your fridge. Write down landmark dates on that calendar so you see it everyday and can visualize your progress. Draw pictures. Write down motivating quotes. Stick success pictures onto the calendar. Make that calendar a location for your success, not just a reminder of the work you have to do.
4. Get Back Up
We all have goals and they’re all important to us. Unfortunately sometimes life takes over and you get off track. This is okay.
It is important to know that everyone has bumps in the road, the most important thing to realize is that you can get back on track without judgement or anxiety! Set reminders, put notes at your desk at work or at home that remind you to stay the course whether you are on track or off. You can also share with your support network – these are the people who can encourage you to get back up even if you feel defeated.
5. Remember Rome was not built in a day and neither were you
What I’m referring to is that goals need to be slowly but steadily worked upon in order to achieve them. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve experience who go all out in the first two weeks but who burn-out and give-up on themselves before they can start seeing the results. Unhealthy habits built over a lifetime take time and attention to change. It takes about a month to build a good habit. Stay on course and slowly build upon your goals. Hopefully you will ingrain a lifelong habit. Good habits = achieved goals.
I hope these tips can help you achieve your goals whether it is being a better person this year, losing weight, or PRing that squat weight that you had set. It is important to remember that achieving goals is hard work. It takes patience, good habits, and unfaltering desire to reach your goals. If you ever need help feel free to reach out to one of your Coaches. We will always make ourselves available to guide you.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie