This post started out on Instagram, but I received a lot of questions on creating a clear focus, so I figured I would go a little more in depth over here!
The point of setting a goal, is to direct your attention and change your behavior in order to reach it. Let’s say your goal is to gain muscle. You know that in order to do that you will need to lift weights, eat in a caloric surplus, and limit cardio. But every time you hop on Instagram you see your friends perfecting their diets, attending fun group exercise classes, and doing cardio based workouts. You may be tempted to change your behaviors based on social cues, which will ultimately lead you away from your goal. But at the end of the day, creating (and committing to) a clear focus will point you in the right direction and keep you on the path towards what you want most.
Here’s my top four tips on creating clear, focused, goals.
Tip #1 Set long term goals, think big!
Easy “do your best” type goals are not always motivating. Challenge yourself! When coaching my clients, we review their long term goal once a week! The bigger the goal, the more important it is to be reminded of it often.
Tip #2 Climb the ladder one step at a time.
Set some small goals that will help you along the way to your long term goal. Once a week, we also review smaller goals that we’re working towards. These can be behaviors to change or milestones to reach. Short term goals are usually held in the context of weeks or months.
Tip #3 Build your goals on existing strengths.
Instead of saying “I’m gonna stop skipping workouts.” Say “I’m going to maximize my time in the gym to have the most effective workouts!” What are you already doing well? How can you improve upon that?
Tip #4 Don’t deny the difficulties.
Develop strategies for coping with challenges, because they WILL come. Anticipate barriers such as childcare, work schedule, and other commitments that might interfere with your fitness goals. Then, brainstorm possible solutions to each problem so that you’re prepared when they arise!
A clear focus will improve your effort and performance. When you walk into the gym with a focused training plan specific to your goals, there’s no question on where to begin. All you’ll need to do is focus on performing your best! Direction is more important than speed, so be crystal clear on where you’re going.
Most importantly, creating a clear focus gives you ownership of your goal. You’re in the driver seat, stay accountable, and let’s go!
If you’d like help defining your goals and creating a clear focus, send me an email at email@example.com I’m happy to help!