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Fitness Goal Setting


In past articles in the Fitness Express newsletters the content has been about exercise and nutrition compliancy and energy systems and so on. As important as these subjects are I believe very little can be achieved without the correct Goal sets and the correct Motivation to drive you to success.

Most of us, at some time or another, have been successful in living a relatively healthy lifestyle, feeding ourselves well, exercising regularly, having loads of energy, low body fat and keeping it that way. We felt better than ever, looked better than ever, and our actions showed it.

We were in the ‘Zone’ so to speak. We seem to reserve saying ‘in the zone’ when it comes to world class, superstar athletes. But I believe that we all have been ‘in the zone’ more times than we may realize. The ‘Zone’ is just a word that would describe an elevated mental state that all peak performers achieve, whether its business, sports, professions or even in our personal lives and relationships.

In a sense, we are all sharp shooters trying to hit our goals on the first try. But why cant we hit the bulls eye every time? Why is it that we cant start a fitness and health program and stick with it?

As with most of us, we are prevented from achieving peak performance because of worry or distractions. What if I fail? What if it doesn’t work? What if I make a fool of myself? What if I get hurt? Or, lack of reality or connection with your goals. Are my goals realistic or attainable?

What winners have in common is a relaxed focus. This doesn’t mean a lack of intensity, but that your mind is cleared of distractions and your attention is focused on what is important to MAKING YOUR GOAL HAPPEN!

When determining your goals, (with regards to health and fitness) the most important thing is that they must be YOUR goals and identify them as such. What do you want your exercise program to do for you? Identify them and WRITE IT DOWN.

Such as: What is your number one health and fitness goal? Why is this your number one goal? Where do you want to make changes or where do you want to achieve this goal? When do you want to achieve your goal? Setting an EXACT date and even time of this goal is so important. This will keep you motivated to reach a deadline if you will, come hell or high water!

Now once you have established this ask yourself these questions: How will I feel when I achieve this goal? How will I feel if I don’t? If you keep doing what you are doing, will you achieve your goal? And lastly, What are you going to do, change, give up so you can achieve your goal?

I know this may seem like a whole lot of questions but once you establish the answers, your objectives become much clearer and ultimately so much more attainable.

Everybody may answer these questions differently. Its what YOUR answers may be that matters.

“ Any goal casually set and lightly taken is freely abandoned at the first obstacle.”-  ZIG ZIGLAR.

Not everyone aspires to be a ‘superstar’ athlete or a ‘body beautiful.” I knew a woman who just wanted to be fit enough and energetic enough to do the household ironing! That was HER goal. Set your own goals and action them and don’t be influenced by people (no matter what your relationship may be) who may accept failure and pass that negativity on to you. Remember, the one who points a figure always has three pointing back at them!

The great thing about achieving goals (especially the challenging ones) is that it becomes infectious. Do you think that once the ‘ironing’ woman mentioned earlier reached her goal she stopped at that? No way! She achieved what she thought initially would not be possible in her wildest dreams!

Success is a sense of achievement that makes you have a win, win situation no matter what it may be. It makes you happy. The more adverse the situation, the greater the achievement.

 Oprah Winfery. Living in the U.S.A. started out in a huge disadvantaged situation. She was overweight, she is a woman and she’s black to mention a few. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He could hardly speak English, was a bodybuilder in the 70’s, with a name that none could pronounce and only a gym bag to call his own when he arrived in the U.S.A. These individuals had dreams and unbelievable goals. I don’t have to tell you that they have become arguably some of the most powerful and influential people on the planet. Against all that adversity? I often wonder about that and see that I am an educated, healthy individual living in a fantastic country and ask myself, what is my excuse?

I hope I’m not getting too personal, but what’s YOURS?

This article was provided by Tom Aitken Personal Training
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