How many times have you been asked this question? Goals range from gaining muscle, to losing weight, to looking good in a bikini, or even to “look like” a specific celebrity (my favorite). Recently, it's been made clear to me that people just DON'T understand what it means to set a goal.
Just because you say something out loud doesn't mean you've set a goal. What you are doing is making a wish. Deep down, you must think that if you just keep saying your goal out loud long enough it will come true. Well, unless your name is Cinderella, you're gonna need to do a little more than that! Saying something out loud without any action is making a wish, not setting a goal.
I want to offer you some help in your goal setting. In the past 2 months, I have noticed something about people. You work better under the gun. Let me explain. You work better when you have a deadline. Ambiguous goals like “lose 20 pounds” or “get in shape” NEVER WORK! However if you said you wanted to lose 10 pounds by March 1st, and made sure that you planned out your nutrition, AND made sure you followed the 3 rules of the gym (consistency, dedication, and intensity) you just might get there.
A goal without ACTION doesn't mean anything. If I told you, it is my goal to one day play professional golf, and I never played golf, how long would it take for you to tell me to shut up when I told you about my goal?! Then why do people constantly talk about their fitness goals while not going to the gym, and eating crap? Do you see the similarity?
Here is what I'm proposing.... I want you to set a 2 MONTH GOAL. This goal should be something reasonable to attain in 2 MONTHS. For example, if you have been struggling to lose fat, you should not set a goal of 10 pounds. You need to look at this like it's a long term commitment, not a crash diet.
So let's say you set a goal of 4 pounds (very attainable), then at the end of 2 months you reassess and set a new goal. You would probably agree that losing 4 pounds is much better than losing NO pounds.
Set a goal, make a plan, and take the steps to achieve it.
If you are unsure how to do this, we can help.