Have you ever set goals only to..uh…never reach them?
Goals to lose a certain amount of weight or fit into a certain size outfit?
I know I have MANY times in the past, and not just around fitness or weight loss goals, but life goals and business goals too. I don’t know how many times I started a diet program in hopes of losing 10 or 15 pounds, only to end up falling off the program within a few weeks and sometimes even a few days.
It’s frustrating and embarrassing and overtime it can even decrease your confidence to reach them in the first place.
So, have you ever stopped to consider that maybe you haven’t been setting the right kind of goals? You know, the kind of goals that will ensure your success in the long run?
Think about this…If you keep setting a goal to burn off unwanted fat and fit into a smaller size, yet never reach that goal, no matter how many times you try, isn’t it time to try something different?
Our society has taught us to put so much focus into these long-term goals. But, what I’ve discovered is that putting too much emphasis on just those long-term goals is often overwhelming and doesn’t keep me focused on what I should be doing NOW to reach that goal.
I’ve learned it’s not just enough to have what are called Outcome Goals. Goals like losing 15 lbs, fitting into 2 sizes smaller, running a 5K, or any type of goal that is your main outcome. Your end result. The one big thing you want to accomplish.
Yes, it is still important to have this end result in sight, but there is another set of goals that you need, that are even MORE important.
These goals are called Performance Goals.
Performance goals are the steps you’re going to take to reach that major goal. Your plan of action. The things you will do to be successful and reach your goal in the long run.
So if your goal is to lose weight, performance goals would be specific action steps such as:
- Walking 5 days a week for 30 minutes.
- Lifting weights 3 days a week for at least 20 minutes.
- Drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Finding a support group for accountability, support, and motivation.
- Limiting sweet treats to only 1 small serving per day.
- Eating 6 servings of vegetables per day.
Without performance goals the chances you will reach your outcome goal is greatly reduced.
So take some time to write out your performance goals. What action steps or performance goals are you going to start taking NOW to be successful in reaching your health and fitness goals?