I love it when my clients try something new. When they set a goal and go for it! Their excitement and enthusiasm is equal to that of a drug. It makes me want to set a loftier goal and go after it. Often, like a honeymoon, that enthusiasm wanes. The long hours of training. The time and monetary investment. The early mornings or denied nights out so you can achieve your goal. They can take their tole. Its hard to do without or deny pleasures for a goal that seems so far off.
I was always one of those people to accept a challenge. When someone told me I couldn't do something, I was determined to prove them wrong!
Looking back on my life, all of my most exciting adventures and learning experiences were because I was first challenged by someone else or myself. 6 months in Spain followed by backpacking through Europe. Moving to NJ by myself for a new job. Playing rugby in college. Qualifying to run the Boston Marathon. And most recently, an open water swim triathlon.
The priest at our church has asked at least two or three times in the last 6 months how many people are still keeping up with their New Year's resolutions. My husband always chuckles and shakes his head as he sees my hand go up. I'm proud of the fact that I set a goal and go for it, but don't for a minute think that it gets easier or that I don't have my own doubts and fears. I do! I just refuse to look back on my life and say, "I wish I had...."
I always love the start of school, and not just because my kids go back to school now and life returns to some semblence of normal. (What exactly is "normal" anyway?!) But just like the new year, its the opportunity to start again. A clean slate. A new notebook without a single page written upon. The possibilities of what the year will unfold.
Goal setting is one of the basic principles of exercise psychology. Despite its simplistic nature, correct goal setting is all too often absent in an individuals fitness goals. Goal setting is crucial for individuals to not only achieve, but experience success as well. Here are some definitions needed for full understanding of the following content:
The best way to get results with a client is to create a completely transparent nonjudgemental relationship. One way to do this is to have a dounut or two every few months to communicate your humanity, empathy, and not so out of touch grasp on reality. We all live with what I call real life obstacles but they are all things that we can overcome if we are gut wrenchingly honest with ourselves about what we want and are capable of. Just look at Demi Moore in G.I Jane. One-arm push-ups = very nice, passing all the other tests despite being ganged up on by all the men =&
We hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! As we kick off the summer let's talk about Goal Setting. Starting new programs and making changes in our lives require us to have perseverence, discipline, and the right motivation and inspiration to keep us excited to continue down our path of Health and Wellness.
In order to make sure that you stay on the right path remember that you need to set attainable and realistic goals.
Today is June 2nd. So much change always seems to happen in June. For me this June means opportunity. Tomorrow morning the exercise group I started is getting together for the first time. In ten days I'm flying solo and taking over the water aerobics class at the YMCA. Summer is starting and in a couple weeks the kids will be out of school for Summer Vacation. I have decided to really focus on getting the last bit of this weight off and reach my goal. That way I will look as healthy as I feel. And finally, I have been wanting to write a book for a VERY long time.
Please take a couple minutes out your day to read this. Great advice.
SUCCESS = Outcome Goals + Process Goals + Action + Accountability + Support + Incentives + The Deadline
Let's walk you through those 7 Steps.
1) Outcome Goals - This is simple. If you want to lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks, that's your Outcome Goal. It's your Vision. It's the Destination you want to arrive it in a given time frame. That's Goal Setting 101.