So you’re eating well, you’re tracking your macronutrients and carb intake, you’re prepping meals, and you’re hitting the gym hard. But without a goal in site, you can easily lack motivation and lose track of your progress.
Here are our Top 5 Goal Setting Tips!
- Motivation. Seeing the finishing line (whether that be a certain weight you want to reach, a certain exercise you want to nail, or a certain look you want to achieve) will help keep you determined. Losing motivation is all too easy – without a goal in mind, you’re just aimlessly going through the motions. Plan ahead and see success. Focus on what you want to achieve and have it in the back of your mind as your own personal motivation.
- Direction. Having a goal in mind will keep you focused by allowing you to cater the relevancy of your training. If you want to run a marathon, for example, yoga isn’t going to get you very far. Planning ahead means you’re far more likely to get what you want. Start by mapping out your training and diet plans along with timelines, working towards your end goal deadline. This will help you stay focus and have a structured plan to work from.
- Feedback. Setting goals helps determine how far you’ve come, and how far you have yet to go. Taking before and after photos, weighing yourself, or keeping a diary will help you see the visible changes you’ve made, and where all the hard work has gotten you so far.
- Improve yourself. Setting goals means you can devise a tailored plan for yourself on what does and doesn’t work for you. Every body is different – it’s trial and error that will determine the most effective training program. Implementing different strategies and setting these as goals will help you become more efficient and effective; goals are the easiest assessment of performance.
- It feels great! There’s no greater feeling than setting yourself a goal, and actually reaching it! It’s a huge confidence booster to know what you’re capable of!
Goal setting is an extremely powerful, easy technique to enhance your performance and keep you on track. Remember - setting goals is important, but setting realistic, small, achievable goals along the way and extending the goal post each time you reach them is more effective to reaching your larger overall goal.