I’m a huge goal setter. I love having something that I am working towards or always trying to improve on. However, setting goals is one thing and it’s definitely easy to do… it’s sticking to them that’s the hard part.
Especially when it comes to my health and fitness goals.
Since I work at home and workout at home, it always feels like the one thing that keeps getting pushed on the back burner is my workouts or my healthy eating. It’s much easier to just eat what the kids are eating for lunch or, because I forget, just skip breakfast or lunch all together. Which, of course, isn’t all that great for your body.
Setting goals can be great and you feel a sense of satisfaction from doing so… but committing 100% to those goals and seeing results is much more satisfying. However, committing wholeheartedly to your health is not easy and there are times when you’ll experience temporary physical, psychological, or emotional discomfort. You may feel torn between ordering that 350-calorie blended coffee drink or unsweetened tea – and I usually cave and order the coffee just because I love coffee. Or you may be hesitant to attempt more push-ups today than you did last week for fear of failing.
Everyone struggles but staying committed to your plan doesn’t have to be terribly difficult. So here’s a couple ways that I help keep myself accountable and committed to achieving my goals.
Post your goals on your bathroom mirror.
Posting your short-term daily goals in a place where you are guaranteed to see them each day will help you to stay focused. Your bathroom mirror is the perfect place because you’ll see your goals first thing in the morning and right before you go to sleep at night – hoping that is that you at least brush your teeth in front of the mirror twice a day, or wash your face at night.
For even better results, post your primary purpose for setting your goals, e.g., wanting to have more energy to play with your kids, to go on an adventure trip, to live longer, to feel more confident, whatever it may be.
Prepare daily for “what-ifs.”
This is the hard one for me because my day is filled with nothing but “what ifs”. However, before your day begins, ask yourself if there are any challenges that may interfere with your daily goals.
For example, what if your child asks you to play during the time you blocked off for working out? What if you’re going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday?
For each what-if make a plan to cope with the challenge while still staying committed. Of course, there are plenty of uncontrollable distractions but strategizing on how to cope with your most common challenges will set you up to deal with anything that happens during you day.
Journal your daily effort.
There is no doubt that tracking your nutrition and fitness improves your chances of achieving your goals. But I recommend also keeping a diary in which you answer the following question each day: Did I exert every ounce of effort to achieving my goals today? If your answer is yes, great! If your answer is no, write down one thing you can do tomorrow to be better than you were today.
When you follow these tips, your level of commitment for fitness and nutrition will definitely improve, giving you the best shot at achieving your goals and feeling ultimate satisfaction.
Better yet, when these three tips become part of your daily ritual, not only will you achieve your goals, but get results that will last!
What are your tips and tricks to staying committed to reaching your goals?
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