In order to follow through with your goals it is always best to put them in writing. Not only should you put your goals in writing, but you should also have a plan of action that details the steps you will take to achieve these goals. For example, let’s say your goal is to run a half marathon by May 26. Your first step would be to write out your starting mileage and your goal mileage, as well as the goal date on an index card or sheet of paper. Next, what are the actions you will take to meet this goal? Do not write vague goals, make sure they are clear and realistic. For example, run 3 non-consecutive days per week; weight train three days per week; add one mile each week. Whatever the necessary steps are to meet this goal, write them on an index card or piece of paper. Tape these goals and actions somewhere you will see them everyday, such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or desk to remind yourself when you started, your small accomplishments, and where you want to go.
Another example, which tends to be the most common is weight loss. On your card or sheet of paper write down your starting weight, your goal weight, and the date you want to reach this goal wait. Again, be realistic. If you want to lose ten pounds, don’t expect to do it in two weeks. Not only is that unhealthy, but you are setting yourself up for failure. With an ambitious rate of 2 pounds per week, it should take about 5 weeks to lose 10 pounds. Be sure to write your starting weight, so you remember what you’ve accomplished along the way. For your actions, be clear and pragmatic. Instead of “eat less”, clarify with, “consume 1200-1800 calories per day” depending on your goals. Instead of “exercise more” define with “do cardio at least 3 times per week” and/or “weight train 3 days per week, at least 5 exercises”. Again, assess your goal then figure out what you need to realistically do to reach those goals. When you post these somewhere that enables you to see them everyday, you will have the motivation you need on those tougher days.
Remember, you would not go into a business meeting or begin a project without a goal and a plan of action. Approach your health and fitness with the same mentality. Your health is more important than your work, so why not treat it that way?