Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stick to your goals.

When it comes to making advances in your fit life, it's almost essential that you set goals. My guess is that most of you already have one or two. Whether it be "lose five pounds" or "run a half marathon," a goal is a goal no matter what. And every goal is achievable. Except when it isn't. While that may sound like a contradiction, it proves that you must be realistic. Set achievable goals from the start. Use a series of benchmark goals to reach one major super goal.

For example, realize that you won't be able to run a half marathon in two months if you've never punched pavement before. Instead, set yourself up with a series of "one mile without stopping" goals. Develop a plan you can stick with, and adjust it as you improve.  Get what I mean?

Sure you do, but how do you successfully stick to reaching those goals?
Well, literally stick your goals all over the place.

Write your goals on sticky notes and place them near the places you visit most often throughout your home. Make note of them in your datebook, or on your computer. Essentially, make them visible until they become a part of your everyday life. And if you really, honestly can't ever reach your goals—revisit them. Make sure they're realistic. If they are, then you'll need to adjust your approach to them. Find a friend to hold you accountable. Or hire a trainer!

When you put your mind to it, you really can reach any goal. Even if it takes longer than you thought. Success is still success whether it comes tomorrow or the day after.

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