A Sure Fire Way Of Achieving Your Goals in 2016
I bang on about goal setting a lot, the reason being is that I think it is an extremely important aspect of self improvement. Many of us will have said in our lives that we want to lose weight, learn a language or learn another new skill. The key question you need to ask yourself is why you want to achieve this goal. Why is losing weight important to you? What is the driving force behind it? In this article I'm going to help you understand how you can achieve more this year than you ever have previously.
3 years ago I started to learn how to speak Spanish. For many years prior to this I had made the same vow. "This year I'm going to learn to speak Spanish" but I never followed it through. What was the driving force behind me actually learning another language, as opposed to making an empty promise to myself that I had in previous years? Well for starters I had a very clear reason why, as opposed to the wishy-washy musings I'd had in previous years.
I remember very distinctly, sitting in a taxi with 3 of my best friends whilst in Ibiza, as we were travelling to a secluded beach on the South of the Island to recover from the previous nights antics. All 3 of my friends were fluent in Spanish and were chatting away merrily with our taxi driver, whilst I sat there like a plum looking out the window (cue little man playing a violin). At that exact moment I decided that I needed to actually pull my finger out and get learning.
Three years later and I'm happy to say I achieved my goal. Why I am telling you this? Because at this time of year many people will logically start to make resolutions and set themselves goals. But when it comes to getting in shape, whether it's losing weight or adding some muscle, are you more likely to achieve your goal just because the calendar has ticked over to January?
Identifying the motivation for your goals
The first question I ask people when they ask for my help is "why do you want to lose weight?". What is the driving force? If you can't answer why it is you want to lose weight, then the chances are you're not going to achieve your goal. There is no driving force behind your decision.
So, here is a task for you. Write down a goal that you want to achieve this year. Next I want you to write down 3 reasons why you want to achieve this goal. Then I want you to re-read the "why's" and continue to re-read them any time you start to waver or lapse. The one thing you have to ensure is that the reasons why are personal and emotive to you, generic reasons that have no meaning are worthless.
This simple task will vastly improve your chances of success.
This is just one of the many ways in which I help my personal training clients achieve their goals. I give them the knowledge and empowerment to help them achieve what they set out to do. There are no magic tricks, no magic pills or short cuts to success. Hard work and determination will always get you to where you want to be, but you MUST understand why are you trying to do something before you set out to do so.