Setting and Achieving Small Goals

fitness goals for working out written on chalkboard

fitness goals for working out written on chalkboard

I am going to outline some tips on how to succeed in setting fitness goals that are small and achievable.

1. When setting a goal use self-reflection and honesty: What is the goal you want to achieve and is it one that you are doing for the right reasons. Do you want to be healthier or simply want to look good for the wife in the bedroom? In other words, understand what the over-riding goal is that you want to strive towards and that way you can start setting smaller goals. 

2. Set a small goal: If your goal is to be a happy, healthier person then identify what will help you achieve this by constructing a list of smaller goals that will be like stepping stones on the way to your desired outcome. 

3. You need to set a process goal, not an outcome goal. You have control over exactly how you eat, how you exercise, and how much sleep you get each night. These are all behaviors that are part of the process and help you towards your desired outcome. Outcomes come down the line, once you’ve mastered the behaviors (and processes) that create them.

6. Pick just one small goal only and focus intently on it. Let’s say you’ve decided that you want to be a healthier, happier person and that eating more organic foods is one goal that you have identified as crucial in the process. Focus on this. The worst thing you can do at the beginning is to try to do them all at the same time. Just focus on one.

7. Focus on this small goal for 7 days. So you’ve decided that you will implement three meals a week that are strictly organic as a means towards being healthier. Now make sure to schedule the three meals in advance so that you can stay on track. 

8. Reflect and review on how you did with the small goal on a daily basis. This can take just a few moments each day. Simply ask yourself if you followed your schedule and if you answer yes then you are doing great!

9. When you slip up, ask your support network for help: There is no harm in asking for help from anyone, ever. It is a manly thing to do and good friends will oblige. 

10. Once you’ve succeeded in your goal, don’t scrap it, make it slightly harder and adopt another one from your list as well: Doing so will have you fit and healthy in no time.