Visualisation and Goal Setting
When it comes to setting yourself up for success in regards to fitness, you need direction. This direction should come in the form of a goal – one that is actually achievable. Having a goal to work towards is the first step towards a successful journey, the goal will keep your eye fixated on the prize and keep you progressing forwards.
The best thing you can do is break your goal up into a long-term goal, medium term and a short-term goal. By doing this you will enable yourself to stay motivated and achieve milestones along the way. Also, you will be accountable for your own actions.
Do you want to know how to achieve your fitness goals and see real progress? Let’s get to it by setting some targets!
Determine the WHY behind your goal
Why have you chosen the goal you have given yourself? Is it because you want to feel a certain way about yourself or do you want to have more confidence in your clothes or particular sporting activities?
In order to stay motivated you need to keep focusing on why you picked it. If you get tempted to stray away then give yourself reminders to as why you started. Fill your phone with inspirational quotes or make some posters that will help to inspire you.
Visualization becomes reality
How about attracting into your life exactly what you want by visualizing it? Visualisation is such a powerful tool, which you can utilize to your advantage – especially when it comes to staying motivated to achieve your goals.
Creative visualization is a mental technique in which you use your imagination to make your dreams and goals come true. Used in the right way, creative visualization can improve your life and attract the success and prosperity you desire. Visualization uses the power of your mind, and is the power behind every success – try it. Put on your favourite music and visualise becoming exactly what you want to be or achieving exactly what you want.
Using your WHY and the power of visualization so are in the perfect place to start setting yourself specific goals to achieve all your desires.
Let’s not waste a second more…
Use the SMART goal principle for measured success
What exactly is the SMART goal? Most fitness instructors and personal trainers will break down their client’s goals into SMART goals to enable them to have a specific framework to actively work towards what they want to achieve.
S – Stands for specific.
What exactly is it you want to achieve? Do you want to lose 3 stone for your summer holiday? Write it down.
M – Stands for measurable.
How are you going to measure your progress? Weekly weigh-ins? Measurements of body parts? Lock it down and know what you’re going to do.
A – Stands for achievable.
Is the goal you have set yourself achievable within the time frame you have?
R – Stands for realistic.
Have you been realistic? Have you pushed hard enough or been maybe a bit slack?
T – Stands for time-based.
What’s the time scale you have? Ensure you know exactly how long you have so you can keep your eye on the prize.
A very wise American philosopher and writer called Elbert Hubbard said:
‘Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.’
Now you understand the SMART principle it’s time to break down your goal into three stages; long medium and short-term goals. Doing this will further enhance your motivation and keep you on track.
Your long-term goal is the bigger picture. It can be as big as you want it. It might be a number of things such as to complete a weight loss transformation over the course of a year, to run your first marathon or it might be to get shredded for your first bodybuilding competition and get on stage. Whatever your long-term goal is decide and lock it down.
Medium term goals are there as milestones to enable you to stay on track. A medium term goal can be something you achieve over the space of say 4-6 months. For example if you want to lose 8 stone by Christmas you might want to have lost 2 ½ stone 4 months in. Set your dates and solidify a medium term goal.
Short-term goals are essential for keeping you on track. These will keep you pushing through and ultimately, achieving all your short term goals will add up to your medium term and long term goals. A short-term goal could be as simple as being able to run a continuous mile after 4 weeks, or losing 8lbs in 4 weeks. Whatever you want it to be, just ensure you follow the SMART principle when you are setting short, medium and long-term goals.
Putting it into action
Once you have devised your goal and broken it down into manageable short and medium term goals – why not create a series of posters or some sort of digital plan so you can see them visually.
Ensure you are fully aware of your goals and you can treat them like a project. By doing this you are holding yourself accountable for your own success – you have the formula for success you simply have to follow it.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the invisible.