Have you ever wondered why, despite your hard work, time and effort you put into something, you see little or no results? That’s probably because, when you started, you didn’t take enough time to evaluate your abilities and carefully set your goals.
It’s difficult to measure success (or failure) if there is nothing to compare it to. Having a “plan of action” that’s realistic, within your abilities and in keeping within a set time table will help you measure your progress and hit your target goals. Follow these three simple rules on how to set your goals and get closer to achieving your ambitions.
Set your goals: Be realistic
The reason why we set out goals is that we want to achieve them. One of the common mistakes when setting any goals (or targets) is that they are not realistic compared to your abilities and deadline.
So for example, if you want to gain a stone [14lbs or 6.350kg] in a month, you are already setting yourself for failure. Everyone who has some knowledge on the subject would tell you that the average (healthy) weight gain per week is about 1lb [0.454kg]. If you are gaining more than that, you are probably overeating and putting your body under unnecessary strain.
A realistic goal would be to gain a stone in three months. That’s both achievable (with the right diet) and healthy.
Set your goals: Know your limits
It is important to take a moment to evaluate your abilities and set your limits. Be honest with yourself and don’t get too ambitious. Making progress within your limits is much better than injuring yourself and not making any progress.
So for example, if you have never been to the gym or have limited experience, you shouldn’t sign up to advanced workout programmes. You are more than likely to injure yourself and overwork your body than get the results you were after. It seems very obvious, but you would be surprised.
It’s much better to evaluate your fitness level first (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and then find a workout programme designed for your level.
Set your goals: Be patient
You know the saying “Rome wasn’t build in a day”, right? Then don’t expect to build a Spartan body in a day. Building that perfect body requires a lot of working out, more meals than you care to count and it is a long-term goal.
Just be patient. If you put in the hard work and the right diet, you will look like Gladiator (eventually).
Follow these simple rules when you set your goals and you will see visible changes in your physique in time for the Easter break.
How do you set your goals? Leave your tips on goal setting in the comments section below.