Whether you joined The Ox Box to lose weight, build muscle or just get fit and healthy, results start by setting a strong goal.
Chances are, you have set goals for yourself in the past. These could be work goals, relationship goals, financial or home organisation goals. You may have even set health and weight loss goals recently, but how many of these did you follow through with? The truth is, many health and fitness goals go unrealised. Often this isn’t a reflection on the person setting the goal, but rather the type of goal setting used.
When setting new health and fitness goals that you will actually achieve, we recommend you consider the ‘SMART’ strategy. Here’s what you need to do:
S – specific
Try to be specific about what you want to accomplish. Setting yourself a clear target will give you something to work toward. We alway recommend that you start by setting a goal based on how much time you will dedicate to your health, in our case we strive to get all athletes training 3 sessions per week. Or it could be something completely different, what every it is make sure you know if you will get it.
M – measurable
All goals should be easily measured or quantifiable, so you know where you’re at. Break these down into smaller groups: write a few short-term and long-term objectives, and tick them off as you meet each one. Stick at it, and as you notice more and more ticks your confidence will grow. Maybe it is to get into the Savage club which is 20 classes in a month.
A – achievable
The point of a goal is to extend yourself beyond your current capabilities, so set a goal that you will have to work hard to achieve. Do not be scared, challenge yourself, it does not matter if you fail, what matters is what you do next.
R – realistic
There are things that are outside the realm of possibility for some of us, no matter how hard we try. Setting goals which are unrealistic can result in a huge blow to our confidence. Rather than putting immense pressure on yourself to achieve a huge (and unreasonable) goal, break it down into simpler and more realistic goals. Think of it like this, if i am 5’6 there is no way my goal could be to grow to 6 foot.
T – timeframe
Goals need to be achieved within a set timeframe, otherwise they’ll become distant memories. A long-term goal should be broken down into smaller goals to keep you going. These little triumphs will help keep your motivation in check, as well as improve your confidence.
Have we got you feeling motivated to set some goals? Great! We have one more piece of advice for you. Consider the three different kinds of goal setters:
Those who ponder their goals and action plans, but don’t write them down.
Those who write down their goals and action plans, but don’t review them, or their progress toward them.
Those who write down their goals and action plans, and regularly review them and their progress.
We’re sure you can guess which type of goal-setter is most likely to succeed. With this in mind, we encourage you to set aside half an hour of your time, consider your goals and action plans, and write them down. Then schedule a 15-minute meeting with yourself each week to review these goals. You’ll be achieving them in no time!
When in doubt, lean on us. We are here to support you in being your best version.