Over the years, through talking with friends and clients about New Year's resolutions, I’ve noticed that people tend to be a bit vague.
Becoming a better version of yourself isn't the easiest thing and to actually make it happen it's crucial to know exactly where you’re going. It's funny that most of us invest more thought into setting up a road trip than we do planning our life-goals. Getting fit requires goals; explicitly written out with details.
Fitness Goal Questions
- What do you want to change? What is your goal physically?
- How does the body that you want differ from the body you have?
- What will you do to enjoy and express this new physique?
- What are you missing out on by staying exactly the way you are now?
Dealing With Goals & Competition
While preparing and training for my last competition, in my mind I held tightly to a picture of the body I wanted and then worked hard to get there. We need to write out, visualize, and then commit hard work to specific goals. My two goals at the time were:
- To get as close to that body as I possibly could. I chose the picture of a body that was possible for me. An impossible body would be a lanky 6’ tall model. I'm 5’ 4’’ so obviously that’s not going to happen.
- To achieve this goal in a healthy way which I could keep up after my competition. Slow and steady progress is the way that I approached the challenge.
Having a picture is so important, because it clearly shows me what I need to change. I worked to build my shoulders, lats, and glutes to sculpt a more hourglass shape. The deadline for my goal was my competition date. Without an end-date, it’s exceedingly difficult to get anything done.
Sometimes I think writing out goals is stressful because we’re really putting ourselves out there. People may be judgmental about your desire to be a size 6 or fit back into the jeans you wore before becoming a mom.
Once we declare what we want, we’re open to failure.
No amount of success comes easily, and sometimes it takes several different tactics (writing out goals, visualization, & hard work) to reach it. Consider and touch on your goal each and every day, and remember that there’s nothing wrong with caring about your body...you only get one. Treat it accordingly!
It's not just about looking good, it's about being good.