A goal should be something you really want, not what you think you should want.
That’s where people trip up. They write mechanical, emotionally void goals.
Stop thinking about what you’re supposed to achieve in 2013 and embrace what you really want. If you need to lose 20 pounds, but the thought of running your first half marathon is what really gets you motivated, then make that the goal. Forget the have to and supposed to nonsense. I guarantee that in time, based on this strategy, the 20 pounds will come off.
You also don’t have to write 3-5 goals like most people suggest. Just write one goal. One super amazing goal that makes you giddy and even a little scared. When you have that reaction, you’ve chosen the right goal. It’s all about conviction.
Trainers will also tell you to write SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and based on a time frame. For example, “I will to lose 5 pounds and will begin Jan 1 and reach my goal by Jan 31.” The goal follows all the SMART rules, but it’s a goal written with no creativity or emotion. So when you sit down to write your goal, use language that will inspire you and that will release your creativity. One way to do this is to write the goal as if its already taken place. Here is an example of someone who has a goal of running a half marathon on June 6 but writes the goal on Jan 7, 2013 as if it already happened.
“Wow I did it! On June 6, 2013 I ran and successfully completed my first half marathon – the Florida Run for Your Life annual half marathon. This was the goal I set on Jan 7, 2013 and I’m in total awe that I did it. I knew it would take five months to be ready for it, and I did it. I really did it. What an amazing feeling to cross that finish line!”
Now I want you to tell me one amazing health and fitness goal that you have for 2013. Tell me using the SMART rules in a way that gets you motivated and inspired!