Fitness Goal Setting: How to Set Workout Goals
Setting Goals: Achieving a Successful Workout Plan
Achieving a successful workout plan greatly depends on you. If you do not believe in your plan you will lack the convictions necessary to move forward. Highly successful people acknowledge value and effectiveness as a necessary tool for achieving goals.
Setting Fitness Goals
Building a Successful Road Map for your Workout Goals
Avoid discouragement from the beginning and lay down an effective roadmap toward success. By working smarter your hard work will produce the results you are seeking. By mentally preparing your goals you will have laid out the foundation for success. There are four elements that can greatly affect your road to achievement,
Understanding how these elements can affect your success should be an important part of your overall plan.
Efficiency: Effectiveness Creates Value
Effectiveness: Smart Goal Setting
Success is highly based on efficiency and value. This is a fact with any goal. In order for your workout to provide positive results you need to be focused on value. You need to perform exercises that support your goals and give you the outcome you are seeking. Consider a road-trip as an example. You have the choice of taking a longer route or you can find the quickest way to get from point A to point B. The exercises you select depend highly on the ultimate goal. Are you shooting for fat loss? Muscle gain? Increased endurance? Perhaps a combination of the above is your desire. All of these outcomes are excellent and should be taken into account when developing your road map. If endurance and fat loss are your goal, you would want to emphasize your time on more effective cardio activity as opposed to multiple bicep curls and stretching. This is not to say that the latter are not important, but to realize one must place valuable effort into the activities that will support your goal. Specific and targeted workouts will help you attain your exact goal much more effectively. As an added example, you wouldn’t use yoga as your primary workout for promoting fat loss.
Convictions fuel your motivation
Believing in your success is a standard trait in highly successful people. Your mind is the most valuable partner in determining your success. You must believe in your ultimate goal and in the process that will lead you to its achievement. This is why creating an effective roadmap is an important aspect of supporting your convictions. If you do not believe in the value of the roadmap you are going to have doubts about achieving your goal. Also, you cannot confuse difficulty with ineffectiveness. Just because something is difficult and you doubt your performance does not mean it is not effective. Let’s take a cardio workout as an example. If you are trying to build up your endurance by adding length to your workout it is going to be physically difficult, but it is still valuable. You need to convince yourself of its importance to accomplish the goal. If you do not see the importance you will not have the mental determination to succeed. Your convictions will help you master the effectiveness of your goal.
Plan for success
Reality check. We are not cookie-cutter people. We all have different elements that affect our personal lives. Marriage, family, occupation and general responsibilities play a huge role when developing an effective plan. You need to determine what is a truly effective and attainable schedule that fits your personal life. It is what it is and it is truly an important aspect towards your success. A badly planned schedule can cause negativity and stress that can ruin your overall plan. This is where your convictions come in. You need to not only believe in your workouts, but in your ability to create the time for them. Also, the fact is that results are never instant when it comes to creating physical change in your body. Muscle building and fat-loss does not happen overnight. It is a process that must be continued on a regular basis. If you are unable to manage a long-term schedule that leads you to success you will persistently struggle with the achievement of your initial goal.
Shoo away the negativity
Block Out Negative Vibes
There are two enemies in this department, you and the people around you. If you focus on your effectiveness and establish your convictions you will have the mental armor and strength to shoo away doubts and negative feedback. Maintain your focus and believe in the effectiveness in the roadmap you have laid out for yourself. Occasional tweaking may be necessary in achieving the goal. However, tweaking should be done with the ultimate goal still intact. Don’t tweak based on the negativity of others, but because life happens and you may need to reestablish your road map. Reflection may be necessary to boost up your convictions. Remind yourself of how you developed an effective plan and reflect on the convictions you had when you established them. If you need to revamp be sure you determine if it is due to weakness and negativity or because of general circumstances beyond your control. Just because you hit a red light or detour does not mean you need to remain stalled on the road. Pick up where you left off and move forward.
Support and strengthen your goals
Scaffolding the Goal
Actively understanding and applying the elements above will strengthen you with the mental armor necessary to succeed. Never give up. When the going gets tough simply reevaluate and adjust. Try to keep the initial goal and plan in mind. With acknowledgement towards value and effectiveness you will gain the perseverance needed to maintain your convictions and attain success.
Do not tear down and destroy what you have built. Reflect, assess, rebuild and move forward.
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