4 USEFUL TIPS WHEN CHASING FITNESS GOALS
Often fitness goals are loosely attacked with intentions of getting really fit. The idea feels exciting but after time obstacles get in the way and your goals fall to the waist line. You're motivated but you lack direction and structure, it's not your fault, you're probably just missing a few basic principles!
Within the last month I have done a photo shoot for Mens fitness, completed 1734 pushups (at once) for charity and attended 4 different fitness seminars all while running a gym, blogging, working 2 extra jobs and going to school… blah blah blah
I'm not sharing this out of pride but only to give you some context of some of my recent fitness targets. Im here to share with you some basic steps to increase the chances of you achieving what you want ;)
Did reading motivational quotes get you there?
What about making a commitment with a time constraint? Putting a plan in action and delaying gratification so you can achieve some epic goals?
You're getting close...
What should I do?
Step 1. Commit to something and attach a time constraint.
Look at any high level fitness competitor, pro athlete or successful business, their whole premise is meeting deadlines with set time periods and executing plans.
"Im going to run a spartan race in exactly 6 weeks"
"Im doing a fitness photo shoot in 8 weeks"
"Im working on a big contract due in 2 weeks"
These commitments also need some form of negative consequence if you don't complete them.
When you don't train for a race its going be very uncomfortable and you won't achieve to the level you know you can!...
If you neglect to eat well for a photoshoot you won't produce images you can be proud of for the rest of your life...
When you fail to execute a business project on time the whole company is affected...
Step 2. You need to commit publicly.
This ties in to accountability. Tell everyone… whether it's friends, family, peers or whoever. I would even go as far as posting on social media and let the whole world know because now you're on the HOOK.
Just as an example: For my pushup challenge, I was constantly getting asked when I was going to complete them, this served as a great reminder to stay focused. If you don't follow through you will suffer the consequence of not only keeping your word to yourself but those you told around you! Make sure you tell that annoying friend who won't let you hear the end of it if you don't complete your goal :p Making bets with someone who has a like minded goal is also useful!
Step 3. Create a plan
Having a plan will take the guess work out of your training and nutrition, this will allow you to do whats necessary to prepare for when life get's busy. Working with a skilled trainer and coach is a great investment, they will not only keep you accountable but know how to adjust the plan if need be. The best athletes in the world all have coaches... If you can't afford a trainer, find yourself a workout buddy who's driven. If that falls through seek out some online guidance. This will save you a lot of time, money and mistakes!
Step 4. Delayed gratification
I will tell you right now, no donut, cookie, piece of chocolate or late night TV will EVER feel as good as completing a 30km obstacle race, hitting your physique goals or following through with what you set out to do. Trade the 10 seconds of good taste for a glorious moment of accomplishment! These moments have a recurring affect and can lead towards amazing achievements from a new found confidence ;) Instant gratification or lifetime of kicking goals? I will let you choose ;)
This is just one way of approaching goals, it works well for me, others I have worked with and a lot of other people without even realising. At the end of the day everyone needs to find what works well for them but this is a great start!
Happy goal kicking everyone