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with their expertise and advice to help you reach your goal.
"Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to
check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable.
One's actions should be good for others, and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen,
you should decide to pursue it all way to end. Even if it is not realized, at least there
will be no regret." -Dalai Lama
Now that you might have started to think of some goals, you have to remember to keep them
reasonable. Losing 30 pounds in one month is not reasonable! In fact, this could be potentially
dangerous to your health and be detrimental in long term. In this case, you would probably
be losing water weight and muscle mass, and in long run, you would gain all that weight back,
and have less muscle mass (its your muscles that burn fat…the more of it you have, more fat
you can burn. But less you have, you’ll be burning less body fat).
Keep your goals reasonable or you might find that you’ll be putting your health at risk, or at
the very least, you’ll be disappointed.
"A goal is a dream with a deadline." -Napoleon Hill
Set a deadline. Deadlines move us to action.
There’s nothing worst than having a goal, working towards it, but never finishing it! It’s
almost like a major school project that’s assigned to you. Imagine if this project didn’t have a
deadline, and you’re asked to complete it whenever you want.
Do you think you’ll complete it soon?
Probably not! If there’s no deadline, there’s no pressure to finish a task.
It’s same with exercise and fitness. If you set a goal to lose 10 pounds of body fat, but
you don’t set a deadline, you’ll probably be trying to lose 10 pounds of body fat forever!
Set a deadline for your fitness goal, and try to achieve it. Once deadline passes and you’ve
reached your goals, set a new one and a new deadline, and strive to achieve that!
"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to; all they
need is one reason why they can" -Willis Whitney
This is probably most important step in goal setting process. Not only is your “reason
why” motivation for you to achieve any goals, but it’s probably reason that caused you to
buy a home gym or home exercise equipment in first place!
You must define your reasons for wanting to achieve a goal. If you lack clear reasons why for
doing so, all goal setting and planning might just go to waste (if you don’t have a reason to
do something, why would you do it?)
Spend some time and give some serious thought to this step. The more compelling your reasons are
for exercising, greater your odds will be for meeting your goals.
Every person has a different reason for exercising. Some people just want to lose a few inches
off their waist because of an upcoming event (such as a wedding, a high school reunion, a day at
the beach to impress members of opposite sex), but for others, exercising could mean
difference between life and death.
Whatever your “reasons why” may be, make sure that they’re compelling, and accurately represent
your reasons for your desire to achieve your goals.
Some Tips To Keep On Top of Your Fitness Goals
Grab a pen, a few pieces of paper, and prepare to do some writing.
Use this formula to form your goals:
“I, _________ (name) WILL __________________________ (specific, reasonable, and
measurable goal) by doing _______________________ (action oriented) by ______________
I will achieve this goal because ___________________________ (insert your reason why)
Signature: _________________ (your name) Today’s date: _____________”
Write this down and make photocopies if you want to. Now, post your goals everywhere (bathroom
mirrors, in your home gym, in front of your toilet…anywhere that is highly visible), and read it
everyday. The more often you come across seeing your goals in writing, more likely it’s
going to be in your daily thoughts, and more likely you’re achieve your fitness goals.
Remember, journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So, if you’ve been leaving
your home gym equipment to collect dust or to hang your clothes on, start with single step of
writing down your goals by following methods above. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
John Phung is a Certified Personal Training and successful writer providing valuable tips and
advice about free weight exercise
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