Are you on the right path?

Feb 14, 2014

We all have goals (if you don't, you should).  But are we all on the right path towards achieving our goals?  

Here are the steps you should be taking to achieve your fitness goals (but these apply to any type of goal-setting):


  1. This is the most important step!  Make sure your goal is worth something.
  2. Believe that you will achieve your goal.  In fact, "believe" isn't even a strong enough word.  KNOW that you will achieve your goal.
  3. Enjoy the journey!  If you think this sounds a little too "Zen" for you, it's not.  Think about it - if you're setting a goal, it's something you want to achieve.  Why would you not enjoy every step towards doing something positive for yourself?


Let's take a quick look at the steps I outlined above:

First, you have to make a worthwhile goal.  If your primary goal is centered strictly on vanity, you don't have a good goal.  Believe me, your motivation will wane and you'll only get frustrated.  But it's funny, and I've seen this countless times:  When you make a vanity goal your secondary goal and set a primary goal of overall health or achievement, you end up achieving your vanity goal.   



Shane Plummer's goal was to do a triathlon and a marathon ... and he ended up losing over 100 pounds


Secondly, you have to KNOW that you will achieve your goal.  How do you know?  When it comes to fitness, it's all about your source of information.  You have to do your research and find a trainer who knows what he/she is talking about.  Don't be afraid to interview a number of trainers.  Ask questions.  Ask to speak to some of their other clients.  The main thing to look for when you're hiring a trainer: do their clients reach their goals?  

If you do your research, you'll KNOW that you've found a trainer that will help you to your goal, and you'll be able to wade through all the b.s. that is out there:

If a trainer is all "rah-rah you can do it" and doesn't speak specifically about your goal and how you are going to get there, run the other way.  (Consider it your first exercise session.)

If a trainer speaks about his/her "style," run the other way.  Any trainer worth his/her rate should form a plan that is designed to get you to your goal.  You should not adapt to a trainer; a good trainer adapts to your goal.


Lastly, enjoy the journey.  More specifically, recognize that every little step towards your goal is a positive thing.  In recognizing these little steps, you build motivation and commitment.  


Set a worthwhile goal, KNOW that you will achieve it, and ENJOY THE JOURNEY!




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