Back in September, we held a Women’s Training and Nutrition seminar at our facility, Elite Performance Fitness (check out the website here: http://www.eliteperformance-fitness.co.uk/).
My part in the seminar was to deliver a short presentation on Goal Setting and Vision Boards.
I’m going to cover those aspects here today.
So first of all, what is a Goal and why do we need to set one, not only in our ‘Health & Fitness Life’ but in all aspects of our life?
I believe that we need to do it, because as a population, we are amazing at not setting goals and then hitting that with amazing accuracy.
Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – for those who don’t know, he is one of the greatest Ice Hockey players to have ever laced up skates. And he’s completely right.
And as a trainer who spent some time in a commercial gym, I saw this lack of goal setting time and again with members.
They’d come in, ‘warm up’ and do the same little routine over and over and over again, with little or no success.
Now I’m not blaming them for that, because they don’t know any different, and that’s one of my reasons for writing this.
Now because of the scope in which I’m writing this is Health and Fitness, I’ll keep all references in that area.
Not having a Goal (and subsequently a specific plan of action to achieve that goal) is like driving your car without knowing where you’re going. It’s a waste of time and energy and will end up getting you ‘nowhere’.
Here’s how we can remedy this:
Create a SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-bound) Goal.
Take a blank piece of paper and write down all the things (Health, Fitness, Body Fat %, Clothing Size, Event, Personal Growth) that you want to achieve. Once you’ve done that, prioritise the top 3 goals, labelling the most important as number 1. This is going to be your long term golden goal.
Next, turn the page over and write down your golden goal (because this is a long term goal, I like to use 12 months with my clients). An important part of goal setting is positive reinforcement, so we always write them in the present tense, as if we have already achieved them. For example:
It is October 20th 2014. My body fat is now down to 7%. I am much happier and confident with my body composition.
And the second part of this is giving yourself a reward for smashing your goals. Because we do love rewards don’t we 🙂
the caveat with this is that you don’t reward yourself with food….you’re not a trained animal (so to speak).
I’ve found with clients is always great to buy something you don’t already own, or go somewhere you’ve never been before etc, something along those lines, so that it means more when you receive it.
And that is how we set goals. It’s nothing complicated, it’s just about finding what’s most important to you, that you want to change or achieve, writing it down, and putting it up somewhere that you’ll see it everyday, to remind yourself what you want, and why you’re doing it.
In the next post I’ll talk more about expanding your goals onto a Vision Board, where you can get even more creative with your goals!