Let’s get a fresh start in 2021 by figuring out how you handle your own fitness goal setting. It’s clear the holidays are upon us, as is the new year! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a fresh start with 2021!
2020 has been…trying, at best, for many. It’s nearly time to bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms. I’ll be kicking 2020 out the door & not inviting it back. Just saying.
What I will say; however, is that 2020 has been a year of growth for me. Growth that I couldn’t have had any other way than directly through the storm. Do you know what I’m talking about? 🙂 I hope so.
Now that the new year is quickly approaching, it’s time to think of important things like what our word of the year is and maybe even our new year’s resolutions!
If you haven’t done the word of the year thing before, you should think about it. It’s actually pretty powerful.
You simply declare a word to focus on throughout the year. It could be a word to help you focus on love, grace or maybe even acceptance. Whatever it is, it’s personal & meaningful.
I am still thinking about what mine will be for 2021, but ones I’ve used in the past have helped inform the success of my year. Maybe having a word of the year could help you, too.
Consider picking a word that has to do with your health & wellness…maybe even fitness. It can give you that extra push to remember what’s important.
I’ve been reflecting on goal setting and just what makes a goal stick, especially one that’s fitness related.
Fitness Goal Setting
What I came up with instead are 3 types of fitness goal setters that aren’t typically successful…
You may see yourself in one or all of these. In addition to the lightness of it all, I’m dropping some serious truth bombs! Enjoy!
The “DO or DIE” Fitness Goal Setter:
This fitness goal setter is the first person in the gym on New Year’s day, probably around 5 am. They are super Gung Ho about their goal, whatever it may be…but they’re typically under informed about the goal…it’s usually something unrealistic…something a fit, rational and/or informed person would not tackle. Unfortunately, they are usually not fit. or informed. or rational.
Their goals may look something like:
-Run their first marathon next week (when they’ve never run a day in their lives)
-Lose 30 lbs in 2 weeks
-Lift more than they did in their glory days (high school, college or early 20s)
They decide they will do whatever it takes to meet their goal and plan accordingly. Maybe they determine they need to go from couch surfing to working out 7 days a week, 7 hours a day and consume no more than 1000 calories.
And they do whatever it takes until…they can’t anymore, because they typically injure themselves or take ill very early on in the training.
When I worked in gyms, I remember readying myself for the January rush, when there would be a wait for treadmills and dumbells.
I knew that come early to mid-February things would go back to normal. And they always did.
One January, I remember spotting a couple of guys working out together that I’d never seen before. They must have been in their mid 30s…they came into the gym wearing what looked like space suits, metallic silver, long sleeves & pants. I KID YOU NOT!
The purpose of said suits was to get them to sweat more and…lose weight quicker? HA! I honestly don’t know what they were thinking, but I got a kick out of it. And, sadly, I never saw them again. One and done. Kinda like the one hit wonders we always wonder about.
I am still broken-up about Nelson. How could you not be with a hit like “After the Rain?”
So, the problem with DO or DIE Goal setters? They try to change everything all at once. They’re typically under informed, out of shape & without a plan (save the singular goal they posted on their refrigerator).
Sadly, these folks don’t typically make it past January without an injury or illness.
The “I’ll do it Tomorrow” Fitness Goal Setter
It’s probably that we all have had or do have some of the “I’ll do it tomorrow” goal setter in us. Because any goal worthy of effort is going to actually take effort. And we’re usually not going to feel like putting forth any effort. But maybe tomorrow will be better. Right?
These aren’t the folks you see in the gym working out in January. Nope.
These are the people who come to the gym in December, buy a membership, never use it and never cancel it. Gyms are literally built on the backs of the “I’ll do it tomorrow” fitness goal setter. They are cherished quite frankly.
Even better, they may purchase a package of personal training sessions only to reschedule the first one 27 times! Besides wasting the trainer’s time (and their own), they literally throw money out the window.
Why? Because they are sure that they will…someday…get to it- feel like it – be less busy- more committed, etc. You get the picture.
These goal setters want to do the right thing but they’re waiting to hop out of bed energized and belting broadway tunes while dancing their way to the gym. And I’m waiting to win the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes..but I forgot to enter! (Do they still have that?)
Unrealistic. Again. They may have a plan, but no follow through. That’s the trouble with the “I’ll do it tomorrow” fitness goal setters.
The “I Always Have an Excuse (ummm, reason)” Fitness Goal Setter
There can only be so many valid reasons to not get your workout in…there are only 7 days in a week, folks. If there’s always a reason, there’s never a workout.
These folks have purchased the gym membership, bought the shoes, signed-up for the classes. They may have even persuaded a friend to join them in this fitness goal setting effort.
Then they don’t show-up because they always have something more important come up. Always.
Seriously, y’all. What can be more important than your health. all. the. time?
They pretend they are going to follow through with their workout plans and may even convince themselves of it, but it just doesn’t pan out.
And they don’t think they have a problem. That’s the biggest problem with the “I always have an excuse” fitness goal setters.
Admitting you have a problem is step 1 towards solving it, and that’s not gonna happen here.
I hope you’ve had some giggles reading extreme examples of those that don’t succeed with their fitness goals. I am sure we can all find maybe a characteristic or two that we relate to. But my guess is that, if you’re reading this, you don’t fit neatly into the categories above (or don’t anymore).
Instead, I am betting that you want to make strides with your health, happiness and personal well being. If I’m right, let’s talk about what type of fitness goal setter actually achieves their goals.
The” One Step at at Time” Fitness Goal Setter
These savvy goal setters make a decision to improve themselves & know exactly why that improvement is important.
They research and have a plan to closely follow. They are clear on what it will take to get to their goal, eyes wide open, and are willing to do it. one. step. at. a. time.
These folks may take a class, hire an expert or learn all about what they want to accomplish.
Their goals are reasonable, as is their timeframe for attaining these goals.
They pick a start date, plan their work & work their plans.
And they succeed.
Why? Because they are leaning into change. They are calculated, clear & disciplined.
Their not waiting to feel like it or to have nothing better to do. They are also not killing themselves from the outset.
They realize that to achieve something important they must stick with it and not be willing to give up.
On the other hand, they are reasonable enough to understand that if (when) something comes up, they can be flexible and easily get back to their schedule…because they are clear on their personal “why” and they know what it takes.
You see these people and think, wow, they did it. again. They always accomplish what they set out to do.
They run their race without running themselves down. They run at their own pace & stay in their lane. They are focused, my friend.
Here’s the incredible news… YOU can absolutely, positively, be a “One Step at a Time” fitness goal setter. You heard me. Yes, this can…and should be you.
You have everything it takes to succeed, young grasshopper. It’s all inside of you. You’re not missing something that someone else has. Nope. You have it all.
Here’s the other cool thing, you’re not in it alone. Not at all. You’ve got our amazing community to support and cheer you on.
Shoot, you may even have other tribe members decide to join you on your journey!
And the timing is perfect, y’all!
In fact, I am officially launching my Fit 4 Change course on Jan 13, 2021, and I’d love to have you join us! This 6-week course will help you dramatically increase your fitness level, upgrade your nutrition habits & help you – finally – get the body you want!
Reserve your spot now, as I’ll be limiting attendees (and offering a reduced price of $297 for this beta launch).
You don’t have to give up your glass of wine or occasional ice cream treat to realize your goals, but you do need a plan.
Fit 4 Change is that plan!
In addition to our live (and recorded) weekly class, I’ll be providing weekly workouts that sculpt and tone your body while revving up your metabolism & blasting unwanted fat.
It’s time to upgrade your fitness! Your health worth it, and so are you!
Have a great week,
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