Goal Setting

Goal setting can be an important part of any fitness journey. Maybe you’ve tried it in the past and it hasn’t worked for you. If this is the case, here’s some things to focus on:⁣

Focus on the process – not the outcome:⁣ ⁣ For the long-term (3+ years) an outcome goal might be valid. But it’s more important to focus on process goals. The outcome goal is the end-product (i.e. get to 65kg by 2021, get my 3km time trial under 10 minutes). Whereas process goals are the little steps along the way that lead towards the outcome goal (i.e. get 10,000 steps daily, average 8 hours of sleep every night). Outcomes are usually outside of our control, but process goals are within our control.⁣ ⁣ For example; we can’t control how fast our body adapts and gets stronger. But we can control how often and how hard we hit the gym. We can’t control how fast we lose weight, but we can control what we eat.⁣ ⁣ Do one SMALL thing at a time:⁣ ⁣ Don’t try and change too much at once. We see it all too often in this industry where someone will try and change everything at once. They’ll sign up to a gym, clean out their cupboards, buy new supplements and take up yoga all in the one week. It’s important that we don’t bite off more than we can chew.⁣ ⁣ Instead, focus on finding one small thing that you could improve. Work on this for 2 weeks before working on anything else. For example; you might want to lose some weight – instead of trying to exercise every day, eat better and sleep more. Just focus on increasing your daily steps from 6,000 to 8,000 for 2 weeks, and then to 10,000 the following 2 weeks. It might seem small, but it’s sustainable.⁣ ⁣ Make sure you’re at least 9/10 confident you can hit your goal:⁣ ⁣ Make sure it’s realistic! Ask yourself – ‘How confident am I that I can complete this goal?’ If the answer is an 8 or less (out of 10), make the goal smaller. Repeat this process until you’re a 9 or 10 on the confidence scale. You’re better off hitting the small goal (i.e. increasing steps to 8,000) and feeling good about yourself, then trying to do too much (i.e. group classes every day) and feeling bad about yourself.⁣ ⁣ Hope this helps #one22

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