There are no two ways about it, we are a goal-orientated species. If we don't have something to aim for and to push toward then we completely lose our reason for being. We lose focus, we stop growing and before we know it we're directionless and without purpose.
Maybe you've found yourself in this position in the past, maybe you feel like that now. I'm privileged to meet and interact with lots of people who, because they don't have specific goals have slowly transformed themselves to a place that they aren't particularly happy with. Some of those people are also looking to make some changes and challenge themselves to get to a better place, for them.
But it isn't always this way. Some people say they want to change but then don't put any goals down to aim toward so they continue to drift aimlessly. Some do have an idea of what they want to achieve but the end goal is big and scary and fear stops them progressing. Some - sadly - just aren't ready to take the next step, and that's fine too. Their time will come.
However once you set yourself goals you can start planning how you're going to achieve them. Some of these goals can be long term, something that seems crazily ambitious and far away and that's great to have in your mind. To keep focus on these long-term goals you need a roadmap with a number of short and medium term goals along the way. By achieving these 'small' wins you'll build confidence and you can afford yourself some celebrations along the way.
So we know that setting goals is important, but how do you set them? You may have come across the 'SMART' acronym before that's used an awful lot in businesses to help their employees stay focussed for the year ahead (actually in my experience it's used to judge performance for pay reviews & bonuses but I digress). This is a good place to start.
Always always always keep in mind that coming up with your goals should be done positively!
Every goal needs to be 'specific'. You might want to 'lose weight' or 'get fit', but what does that actually mean? Rather than lose weight actually say you want to lose a 10lbs or 20lbs or whatever. 'Get fit' should be run 10k or a half marathon. What ever it is, be specific!
Your goals have to be quantifiable. This is what you are going to see/hear/feel etc once you've achieved that goal that you have. By really pinning down these outcomes it makes the goal more easily understood and slightly easier to reach.
Make sure the goals you're setting are achievable. There's not much more frustrating then writing something down that you won't be able to achieve as it'll knock your confidence so much. As I said earlier it's fine to have some lofty goals but write some smaller ones in their along with way so you have the successes you deserve.
I'd like to run a Marathon in 2hrs and 10 minutes. It'd be just super. I also know that at my current level of fitness the best I can hope for is 3hrs 10. Set your goal but also be realistic with it. You want to lose 2 stone, then accept that it's going to take a little while to do it healthily so make sure you set a realistic mini-goals, say 1-2lbs a week. Don't set a goal to lose 2 stone and set your goal date for 2 weeks time.
Be sure to set yourself target dates as to when you'll achieve your goals by, this will keep you focussed and keep you. Again, keep things realistic here and also make sure you give yourself some flexibility - 'life' sometimes does get in the way despite our best intentions.
The key really is that once you've achieved one goal you set new ones. This will keep you in a position where you're growing and ultimately you will be feel happy and fulfilled. So start thinking about what it is you want to achieve in the future and start writing things down!
Let me know what you come up with and if you need any help then get in touch! :-)
Quick No Equipment Workout
30 seconds work / 30 seconds rest between each exercise
Repeat 3 times for beginner, 5 times intermediate, 7 times advanced.
Remember to always warm up and cool down/stretch!!