If you want to achieve something, it’s a no brainer that you have to set goals. The hard part is what goals. Should you set a great big one or lots of smaller ones? The answer is both – keeping things together is often a matter of breaking them down. Here are a few things to consider when setting your goals.
The outside world has no say in your goals…
Setting a goal to be the fastest runner in your neighbourhood or in the world is a bad goal not because it is improbable, but because there are outside factors beyond your control – your goal is dependent on the actions of other people. A good goal must be something that is based 100% on your efforts only.
Make the big goal as personal and as concrete as possible.
Your goal can be to drop three dress sizes, run a marathon, or set a personal best for push-ups. It doesn’t really matter what you choose as long as it is something that motivates you and can be measured.
Break it up into bite-sized chunks.
It’s great to tell yourself that you want to run a marathon, but if you can only jog two miles you’re a long way off. You need to create some intermediate goals to help bridge the gap. You could start training for a 5K, then a 10K, then six months later sign up for your ﬁrst half marathon. By setting these intermediate goals you’re already halfway to that marathon ﬁnish line.
Getting in shape is a process, not a project.
Try not to set deadlines for reaching a goal. The only thing you’re measuring is progress and even slow progress counts. In fact, slow progress can actually count more because it is more likely to be longer lasting than quick results.
Get up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
Sweat, smile, repeat and everything will be ﬁne.
Peer pressure can be fun.
When you set out on a long-term training plan, it can help to tell your partner, friends, or training buddies what you’re aiming to do. Even if goals are very individual, we’re all social creatures and thrive on each other’s energy and enthusiasm. And, we’re just a little afraid of disappointing each other.
Three months from now you will thank yourself.
Achieving goals is secondary, what is important is that you are consistently doing something that makes you feel and look better. The only real goal is persistence.