Your Why Leads The Way
I’m very big on goal setting and your “Why” is just as impotant. Fitness, nutrition, travel, self-growth, life achievements, chores, daily tasks.. Whatever my mind comes up with and desires I set goals and strive to achieve it. Most of the time I get there, sometimes not as easily as I would like but there is always a goal attached to a task for me. You guys are probably the same. You set a goal and work towards it.
Possible Day Instances
You get up 6am, drink some water, make coffee, make and eat breakfast (perhaps for your kids as well), shower, brush your teeth, get dressed and leave for work by 7:30am, get gas and you’re on your way, you get to work and log into your computer. I count 12 goals achieved before noon.
-You wake up at 6am to get in what you need to do so you aren’t late for work.
-Drink water because you are thirsty and don’t want to be dehydrated. (Your awesome Body Unique trainer probably has beat into your head that you have to drink lots of water. Yay for listening!)
-You make coffee because you need that jolt to start your day.
-Make and eat breakfast because you want to start your day off on the right foods for yourself or your family.
-Shower and brush your teeth because you want to keep up hygiene and wake up.
-Get dressed because its not socially acceptable to go to work in your pj’s or naked.
-Leave for work by 7:30am because that’s when traffic is easiest to navigate through as well as maintaining attendance. You want that promotion so no slacking!
-Get gas because you actually want to arrive at work.
-Log into your computer so you can start servicing your accounts.
Goal After Goal, You Will Achieve
Many of us do it on autopilot because it’s what we’ve done our whole lives. The why you’ve attacked it with relentless commitment and discipline for so long that it’s become second nature to you. So why does this discipline not carry over to your health and fitness goals? I think there is a few reasons for this: the first being it’s not instant gratification. Exercise and nutrition takes time to see results, the feeling part of the results is instantaneous in the form of improved mood, cognitive function, improved sleep etc. but the visual results take time.
The second being external factors like family, friends and life stuff can sometimes get in the way. If you lack a great support system and have set yourself up with a solid game plan it’s real hard to stay committed to any routine forget about something that takes time to achieve. There will always be obstacles in your day to day routines having a plan to either remove yourself from situations that could hold you back or address them head on is paramount in achieving the goal you set.
Lastly, internal factors are tremendous in goal achievement. Before you even start working towards any goal you need to set a plan. Without the plan it’s almost certain it won’t happen in your favor. In this post I want to help you address your “why” and how to achieve exactly what you want with some questions to help you prepare. You may want to grab a notepad to help document some of your answers from the below questions.
Let’s Start With Figuring Out The “Why” Of The Plan
Why exactly do you want to achieve the goal your setting for yourself? If its weight loss, great! Just wanting to drop the weight isn’t enough because it won’t happen if you aren’t honest with yourself. Fitness and nutrition help but without addressing the reason why you want to use fitness and nutrition to achieve a goal it’s not likely they will work for you long term.
Maybe you haven’t felt great in a pair of jeans in years or felt sexy in a bikini or taken your shirt off at the beach. Maybe you can’t remember the last time your spouse has complimented you on how great you look? I literally have heard many reasons during my Strategy Sessions at Body Unique more than once and it’s so real, raw and perfect. It’s the perfect ammunition to attack your goals head on.
All You Need Is A Game Plan
Now that we’ve established the why, YOUR why, we can move a step forward towards the goal. Let’s now think about what it’s going to be like when you actually achieve the goal. Is it quantitative or qualitative? For instance, drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces a day, exercising daily and eating smaller portions within the day while incorporating vegetables? You are setting up small habitual wins that will continue to compound and snowball into larger goal obtaining wins.
Let’s now forecast for a moment on how fantastic you will feel when you actually win. What will the new you look like? How will your family or colleagues look at you? How will you look at the gym? Will you turn heads at the beach? Spend some time on this it will come in real handy and act as motivation later on.
Last Thing For Today
Now let’s think about all the obstacles that may come up while trying to achieve your goal. Think hard on it because it will help to be conscious of the potential situations that may and most certainly will pop up and to create a game plan to embrace them.
French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said that “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Once, you have established the why, the speed bumps and the vision it’s time to play the success game. How many days and hours a week do you need to dedicate to it? Will you lift weights, do cardio, etc? How much or how little should you be eating? Take notice to how these new unfamiliar healthy tasks become second nature and easier week by week. Your why will lead the way, trust it, believe in it and embrace it.