In two weeks time myself and about half a dozen of my clients will be taking on a half marathon (21.1 km) and several others will be taking on 10, 5 or 3 km. For all of us it will be the longest distance we have ever run. Four months ago this to many seemed unachievable however with two weeks to go everyone is super confident in the knowledge that they are more than capable of getting through it.
So the question is how do we get from setting a goal way out in the distance to being able to tick it off the list. The answer -we need to break it down step by step into more achievable chunks to give ourselves a short to medium term achieveable goal which will help you on your way to achieving that long term goal. Once you do this you will find your ability to focus in on the task at hand becomes much easier and motivation is much easier to maintain as you will be ticking off goals achieved as well as setting new ones constantly.
Yes long term goals are important but unless you break them down you are more than likely setting yourself up for failure. Here's what i suggest. Get a piece of paper and set yourself some long term goals. Remember it doesn't have to be to do with health and fitness, it can be personal, work or prefereably all three. Don't forget when goal setting of any kind to use the SMART principle (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time framed). Once you have some long term goals break them down into 3 month goals. Eg: if your goal is to lose 12 kilos in 12 months a realistic goal might be lose 3 kilos in the next 3 months. Once you have your 3 month goals set out you need to make yourself an action list for the next week. This one is incredibly important and often overlooked. If you don't take action you will not get results, it's as simple as that. If we use the weight loss goal again, in the action list might be something like attend 3 bootcamp sessions this week, or to have an alcohol free week etc... The action list must go somewhere where you will see it often, office wall, fridge, car etc... This will serve to keep you accountable and act as a constant reminder of your goals and what you want to get out of life. Mine sits on my office wall and helps me stay on track and get things done!
Check out this video of some of my clients who have been taking massive action and achieving absolutely astounding results!
After all has been said it's getting things done that takes us closer to getting where we want to be. Set goals, take action and reap the rewards!
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Dedicated to your fitness success,