Goal setting is common practice in many areas of our lives, from career to family life. Goals help us picture what we want the future to look like. You may have been taught various goal-setting methods that experts say will help you achieve your goals. These methods may work well for you in your professional or academic life. When it comes to setting health and fitness goals, a different method may work better.
Write Down Your Goals
Some productivity gurus hold the belief that a goal is just a dream until you write it down. They advise you to document your goals. This simple task will make you 42% more likely to accomplish them. Most of the diet and exercise books you’ve read have also told you this advice. It isn’t wrong. It’s just that how you write your goals should be different when it comes to your health and fitness.
Use Pen and Paper
There is a special connection that is formed in your brain when you take the time to handwrite your goals. Typing your goals or dictating them to a document just won’t yield the same results. Handwriting your goals leads to stronger visualizations. Being able to visualize your end goal greatly increases the likelihood that you will accomplish it.
Word Your Goals Intentionally
Improving your health and fitness requires more than willpower. It requires a mindset change. Those of us who have struggled for years with negative body image and multiple diet failures likely have some unconscious limitations within our mindset. Choosing how you word your goals can begin to shift your mindset. You can create a more positive self-image and remove limiting beliefs that have led to failure in the past. The simple wording trick is to write your goals as if you have already accomplished them.
Repeat the Practice Daily
Writing your goals down once is an impressive start. However, given the fast pace of our lives and everything vying for our attention, it’s easy to get distracted. A goal you write down once can easily be forgotten. Scheduling time every day to write your goals ensures that they stay at the forefront of your mind. This repetition can help you find the strength and willpower needed to stay on track.
It’s possible to make achieving your health and fitness goals easier just by altering how you set your goals. Try these goal setting tips for yourself and the success you can achieve might surprise you.