Fitmark Ambassador, Sharon Koski, says to put your health goals in writing for lasting success.
A new year has begun symbolizing our worldwide annual universal collaboration of letting go and starting anew. For many it’s a time for reflection. The process of setting personal goals, taking stock of the areas in our life we wish to improve upon usually puts our quality of health at the top of that list as it should. People of all ages and backgrounds will join gyms and health clubs on a mission to lose weight and be fit. As positive and motivated as these folks may be, many who embark on this new path eventually lose steam altogether while repeating the same cycle year after year. Why you ask? Because unfortunately we are a society fixated on instant gratification. We all hope to see results easily and fast. If we don’t, chances are we lose faith in our ability to ever actually attain our goals leading to expensive unused gym memberships and feelings of failure or disappointment. It doesn’t have to be this way however. We just have to adjust our mindset and approach. Consider implementing these proven goal setting steps into your new year’s fitness plan.
Are your health goals in writing? It’s important to create a sturdy foundation. One that is supported by clearly defined goals and a written strategic plan if you hope to remain on track for success. You have to wrap your mind completely around what you want to hold yourself accountable. Begin first by visualizing yourself in your new vibrantly healthy body. Next write your specific goal details down on paper to include deadlines. This process can apply to any area of your life and is especially essential when looking to improve your overall quality of health in mind, body and spirit.
Are your goals specific and measurable? For goals to work, you need to zero in on exactly what you want to accomplish. For example, saying that you want to lose weight alone won’t cut it. Instead, how about, “I would like to lose 15 lbs and 10% body fat by June”. It’s specific and includes an exact (measurable) amount. Once you have your targets, create a plan with deadlines. Then break it all the way down to daily activities. Commit to a real end-date and create consequences for inaction that are realistic. While preparing your strategy, it will soon become clear whether or not your goals are obtainable.
Are you goals your own? One of the easiest ways to fail while trying to reach your goals is if they are not your own. We all know that taking on a new fitness regimen is not for the weak of heart. It’s downright tough. And if you won’t have the courage to fight through when the going gets tough, then you aren’t working towards your own personal goals.
Are your goals shared? Make it public to stay committed. Once you’ve written down your goals, it’s time to get your family and friends on board. Perhaps going the next step to hire a certified coach, trainer, or nutritionist will help hold you accountable. Sharing your goals with those within your inner circle creates a solid platform called “casting your vision”. With everyone passionate about obtaining your dream, what may have seemed unrealistic before could be obtainable in 2013.
Like many others across the country including my own personal journey, thousands of people are proving everyday that dreams can turn into reality. It all begins by setting realistic goals. Take the time today to write down yours and go act upon it. You’ll be amazed with the outcome.
Sharon G. Koski
Fitmark Ambassador 2013