EVERYONE should set goals for themselves. Goals tell you where you are going, how you will get there, and what you will do when you get there.
In regards to athletics and being physical, goals are even more important. Whether you’re a top level athlete competing in various events or an individual just trying to stay active and healthy, goals will help motivate you and keep you striving for more.
Although, goal setting is more than just telling yourself that you want to get in shape. It’s about setting small goals that will help you work towards a big goal. Goals have to be realistic, yet challenging as well. To help you set goals for yourself, follow these 10 steps:
- What do you want? Setting goals requires you to make decisions about what you want in life. Rather than floating through life letting things happen, figure out what you want and what your desires are so you can set timely goals.
- Start small. Goals don’t have to be big. If you set too high of goals, that can be overwhelming and often lead you to give up. Small goals are important because then you can measure achievement and any setbacks won’t steer you away.
- Relevant areas of life. Rather than having aspirations with broad intent, you need to have goals that are very specific. Detailing your goals into specific realms of your life will help you gain more control and sense of purpose over them.
- Positivity. Stating your goals in a positive manner will help you view it as a good thing to do, rather than something you have to avoid.
- Don’t underestimate yourself. Don’t allow yourself to slack off. The fear of failure is sometimes to blame for setting our goals too low. If you try to reason with your fears you’ll often realize that there is no reason for your to be reluctant. You can do it!
- Write it down. Putting your goals down on paper is more than just memorizing it. Writing down your goals confirms your willingness to make it come true. It is also an effective reminder of what you need to do. Hang up your goals somewhere you can see it every day. This constant reminder will help keep you on track.
- Affirm it. Affirmation is more than just writing goals down. It’s about being conscious of your thought processes and your acts during the day.
- Don’t procrastinate. Don’t commit this crime! Schedule your goals to help things happen in a timely matter.
- Like the challenge. When time comes for focusing on big goals for ourselves, we back out because we see it as beyond our capabilities (like mentioned in #5). This is all a misinterpreted relativity. Substitute the negative and petty with thinking big. Allow your mind to thing great thoughts.
- Review your progress. After setting, affirming and doing, comes reviewing. Be sure to review your progress so that you make sure you are staying on the path towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.
It’s never too late! Set some goals for yourself and start working on them today!