How to Set And Achieve Your Goals

We all know how to make goals, but do we really know how to achieve those goals? Here are some tips on how to make sure you follow through on your goals.

Aside from the copious amounts of fun, food and drinks that come with New Years Eve parties, there are also the new years resolutions we make. Some resolutions are simple and short term goals while others can be difficult and long term goals. Regardless of what your goal may be, here are some ways to help you make that goal a reality rather than forever a pipe dream.

Set Realistic Goals

There’s nothing wrong with aiming high, but you need to ensure you set realistic goals and expectations. It may make more sense to set a series of short term goals, that build up to the long term goal. Using this method ensures that you have a pre-determined set of achievable goals, on the way to the long term goal.

For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, don’t set your immediate goal as running the full distance. Instead, set goals for 1km, 5km, 10km and so on.

This ensures you get the satisfaction of achieving these short-term goals, while still working towards your long term goal of running a marathon.

Set Measurable Goals

Make sure your goals and progress can be measured. If your goal is to “lose weight” or “run longer distances”, how do you measure how close you are to those goals? Sure, if you set your goal to lose weight, a mirror can help you gauge your progress, but it won’t give you a definitive measurement of how close you are to achieving your goal.

Set Deadlines

It’s far too easy for people to put training or healthy eating off. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I’ll start eating healthy… tomorrow”.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today”

― Karen Lamb

Set a deadline for your goal and make sure you achieve it!

Make Yourself Accountable

What use is a deadline without someone or something enforcing it? Make a bet with your friends, family or me your personal trainer.

If you both want to lose weight, put some money on the line for the first person who can lose 10kg or something similar. Make sure the goals are measurable and if you need a judge to officiate the contest, let me know!

Healthy competition between friends can be a great motivator so give it a shot! If any of you start slacking off with your training, healthy eating or whatever it is you want to achieve, then you can rely on each other to keep each other in line and working hard.

Rather than competing with each other, it might be more beneficial for you to all work together in achieving your goal. Perhaps everyone in your family wants to lose weight or a group of your friends want to run a marathon. Your support network will help you get to where you want to be, so make sure you choose the right people to help you and help in return.

Have a Plan to Achieve Your Goal

It’s all very good to come up with a goal and a deadline, but you’re not going to get far without know how to achieve your goal.

Perhaps one of your friends has already achieved what you’re trying to do and can provide some advice? Alternatively, get some professional help to achieve your goals. If you’re looking at losing weight then we can provide healthy eating plans and our personal trainers can help you with your workout plans.

Reassess your Goal Regularly

Things can change over time for both the good and the bad. There are real risks involved for those of you who are new to training and for those more experienced people, over training is an equal risk to contend with it.

If you have fitness or weight loss goals in mind and you sustain injuries along the way, make sure you stop and reasses! It might be tempting to “push through the pain” and continue training but it’s a risky move and can put you further away from your goal or potentially result in long term injuries.

There’s bound to be some sort of pain when training, but it’s important to understand the difference between fatigue based pain, and injury related pain. If you’re unsure of the two, make sure you seek professional help. The money you spend now on preventing injury will save you a lot of pain and heartache, and money in the future!

Aim (Realistically) High and We’ll Work Together

I’m always happy to speak to people about their goals and how they can achieve them. Let me know what you want to achieve in 2014 and we’ll do it together!