Most of us have been on some sort of fitness, health, or weight loss journey. Unfortunately, the majority of us feel like we’ve been on this never ending road of dieting and working out without ever really reaching our destination. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you feel this way too. Have you ever asked yourself, “what is my destination?”
If you’re setting off on a health/fitness journey, whether it is to lose weight, tone up, gain more confidence, or just feel healthier in general, you need to have a specific, measurable, and achievable goal.
The following steps will help you DEFINE and ACHIEVE the specific outcomes you’re looking for out of a new health/fitness program or any change you’re making in your lifestyle.
Step 1: Think about what you want and why you want it.
First, what do you want? What is the outcome you’re looking for from this new program or lifestyle changes? In other words, if you could wave a magic wand and get anything you wanted, what would that look like? Be as detailed and specific as possible with your goal/s, while also making sure it’s realistic. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds in a month, you’re not being realistic, or healthy, for that matter.
Secondly, ask yourself “what will having or achieving this goal do for me? How will it improve my life?” You may have to ask yourself this question a few times before you land on something really important to you. Often times, the initial goal (i.e., losing 50 pounds in 10 months) is not about the weight itself at all but about something much more meaningful, such as being confident enough to do something you’ve always feared doing (i.e., starting your own business or going on a trip to your dream destination.) If you’re a parent, you may want to set an example for your children by leading a healthier lifestyle. Knowing the WHY behind your goal is just as important as the goal itself. It is your motivation.
Step 2: Write it down.
Once you have your specific goal and the why behind it, write it down on paper. It has been proven that writing things down works. In a study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, on the science of goal setting found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.
Step 3: Anchor your motivating factors.
An anchor is something physical in your environment that will remind you WHY you’re doing all of this and putting in all of this effort. It should be something that uses one or more of your five senses. For example, a favorite song you like to hear, a piece of jewelry you can touch, a note or picture you can look at, or a specific candle or essential oil you love the scent of.
Your anchors will act as little daily reminders and they come in quite handy when you’re lacking in motivation. Anchors can act as pattern interrupters, something that stops you when you’re tempted to make a choice that may not be in alignment with your goals. Having an anchor will also give you an influx of positive energy from time to time by making you proud and excited to make good choices, no matter how small these choices may be. They all add up to help you eventually reach your desired outcome.
Step 4: Find someone to keep you accountable.
Having someone by your side to help guide and motivate you, as well as hold you accountable, throughout this journey will not only make it more enjoyable and fun, it will make you 10x more likely to achieve your goal. Sure, this can be a workout buddy, friend, or family member, but having a good coach by your side would be your best bet. Depending on your goals, find a health coach, personal trainer, nutrition coach, or someone who does it all. Why? Because a knowledgeable and caring coach will not let you quit on yourself. We will make sure you stay motivated, consistent, that you feel comfortable and confident with every changes you’re making or the exercises you’re doing, that you’re always progressing towards your desired outcomes, and that through all of this, you’re having FUN!
We know this field can be very confusing and saturated with conflicting information about what to eat, what not to eat, what workouts to do, when to do them, what diets work, etc. Skip the google search and the failed attempts at cookie cutter diet plans. All of this will only deter you from your goals and make you feel defeated until you finally throw in the towel. Having a coach will remove the guesswork so that you can focus on doing what you have to do to reach your goals.
Before you set off on your next health/fitness journey, follow these steps and you WILL be successful. It’s easy to be excited about starting something new and maintaining it at first, but then as the weeks pass by and you begin to lose motivation and patience, it is inevitable that you will fall off track. And as we all know, getting back on track is no piece of cake. This is just human nature. However, if you set yourself up for success by clearly identifying what it is you want, why you want it, writing these down, setting up little reminders (anchors), and having an accountability partner/coach to support, there is no room for failure!