Setting Fitness Goals That Are Right for YOU!

Definition

Goals are often confused with other terms that indicate direction or achievements, such as objective, purpose or mission. According to the University of Kentucky, a goal defines success by describing the desired intent or condition. Goals are usually broad and abstract, and may include several objectives, while objectives are specific, time-limited tasks performed to accomplish goals. Everyone has personal goals, whether the goals are clearly developed or barely conscious intentions. Organization goals often change or undergo revisions; however, the organization’s purpose and mission, which define function and reason for existence, seldom changes.

Function

Goals encourage people to think about what success looks like. By setting goals, you provide direction, expand your expectations and increase your challenges. Goals provide cohesion for organizations by defining and focusing attention on common desires. For individuals and organizations, setting goals help identify the tasks, procedures, actions and objectives necessary for success.

Setting Goals

Buffalo State College Leadership Development and Education Center recommends using the SMART formula to set goals. Goals should be specific, measurable and observable, attainable, recorded and time limited. Goals should be realistic and plans for achievement should be tied to a timeline to help you retain focus and evaluate your progression. Include short-term and long-term goals. Often, the achievement of short-term goals helps prepare you to launch your long-term goals.

Planning for Achievement

An action plan is an ideal method for visualizing and planning the achievement of goals, according to the University of Kentucky. An action plan includes your goal, which might be to improve your science grades. Include an objective, perhaps to increase the amount of time you spend studying. Add a description of how you will achieve your objective, maybe carving out a science study time from five to seven hours each day. List the resources you need to accomplish your objectives, such as notebooks, textbooks and reference materials. Set a deadline by which you expect to see improvement, such as your next exam. An organization or group can use this same action plan for the achievement of goals by including members as resources and assigning tasks.

Tips for Success

Speak your personal goal out loud each day. Prioritize multiple goals and focus on one at a time. Make all decisions with your goals in mind — reject decisions that compromise your ability to achieve your goals and make decisions that get you closer to your goals. Goals that require changes in behavior may take time to see evidence of success, according to KidsHealth website. Barriers do not mean failure. Goals often need revision or tweaking. Review your action plan or your written goals regularly. Organizations and groups should have regular meetings to share information and access progress on the achievement of goals.

 

Fitness & Goal Setting

Whether you are looking to lose weight, build muscle, fit back into your wedding dress or just gain some more energy to get you through the day, setting goals is one of the most important steps in getting there. Goals give you something to strive for and can be the best kind of motivator. Be careful of setting unrealistic fitness goals; they can detract from your overall mission and even set you back.

Being Healthy

The goal of becoming a healthier person should trump all others. Weight loss, improved muscle tone and increased muscle mass are all the side effects of improved health. Shooting for good health above all else will help to make sure you eat right, do the right kinds of exercise and practice safely. Make improving your health your No. 1 priority.

Taking Small Bites

One of the best ways to get discouraged is to set a ridiculous goal and then fail at reaching it. Accomplishing goals is the best type of motivation, so increase your chances of success by setting small, attainable goals. If you want to lose 100 lbs., break that up into 10-lb. increments. Every time you lose 10 lbs. you will feel refreshed, renewed and motivated, making the next 10 even easier to lose.

Keep a Journal

Journaling is an effective way of documenting your progress along your fitness journey. Write down everything you think, feel and do with regard to meeting your goals. Then, when you reach your goals you can look back on what it took to get you there. Journaling can also increase your accountability; if you have to write it down, you are less likely to stray. There is a lot less fun in eating a cheeseburger and cheating on your diet if you have to write it down later.

Sharing Your Goals

Set yourself up for success by sharing your goals with others. Accept feedback, both positive and negative, and use it to make improvements. Whether you are vocal about your fitness goals or spend time with one person you share your goals with, setting goals and vocalizing them can help make you more likely to be successful. It can also help make sure that your goals are more realistic; it is more difficult to share outlandish dreams and goals with a person than it is to share grounded, realistic ones.

 

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