What’s Your Motivation?
- Work out what your motivator or goal is. Do you want to look or feel better? Do you want to wear a certain clothing size or complete a race in a set time? Do you want to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol or other health marker? Do you want to be able to complete your first fun run or triathlon?
- Record it. That’s right, write it down. Stick it on the fridge, record it on the forum or stick it in the front of your diary. Make sure you goal is measurable. Whether it’s a certain time, or weight or clothing size. You have to be able to tell when you get there. If there is a race or event involved, send off your entry!
- Make a plan. This is the most important step. Set daily and weekly goals that will lead you to your major motivator or goal. I call these process goals and to me they are the most important factor to achieving anything. Process goals such as ‘drinking 2 litres of water every day’ or ‘ train 5 times this week for at least 60 minutes each’ and ‘eat 5 meals and snacks every day including a protein source and some fruits or vegetables every day’ are achievable one day at a time. Make yourself up a chart and each night, tick the boxes and record how you went. Have a training diary (not negotiable if you’re a FitterFaster Bootcamper anyway), keep a food diary and record everything.
- Stick to the plan. Schedule everything in. At the end of every week, diarise the next week’s training plan/schedule. Check your fridge for quality food. Print out your training/food diary sheets. At the end of each day, record everything. I like to put a big red cross on any day that I totally stick to my plan on our calendar. I love to see how long I can keep the chain of crosses going before it breaks.
- Just do it. Make a start today.
Those people who make it look easy, have a plan. They don’t wing it or wait for motivation to appear. They are just plain determined to make it happen. They’ve decided what they want and worked out how to get there. After a while, the process goals often become a habit, but you will still need to schedule and plan and then review each week to keep on track. Be determined to get to your goals.
Remember that goals are not magic, you need determination to reach them. Post your goals on this post and take the first step to achieving them today.