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The Importance of Having Written Goals

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September 21, 2011

“By this time next month, I will have performed one unassisted muscle up!”

In my last post, I wrote about moms and competitions, and why you should do them.  Today, I’d like to spend some time on the actual goal writing portion and why you need to keep tabs on your accomplishments, especially fitness ones.

Whenever, I’ve gotten a big personal record in a lift or an event, I’ve posted it on my website, sent out emails and texts to significant family members to whom I think will be excited for me.  I like to share my accomplishments, because this is what’s important to me.   Hopefully, my friends won’t take me as a braggart, but, as a person who wants to the excitement with others.

The same goes for goals.  If you have them written down, and you’ve passed them around to those same people who believe in you, they can help you stay accountable.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to those who inspire you as well.  Make a plan to accomplish your goals in measurable achievable chunks.  I’ve got mine written down by month.  In one month, I will have one unassisted muscle up.  And, I have plans to tell my 5am workout crew of them, so that they can help me stay accountable to that one goal.  Believe in yourself and let the belief others help you as well.

The following is a reasonable plan for writing your goals and staying true to them.

1.  Write a measurable acheiveable goal that will take six months or less.

2.  Tell your support crew.

3. Write it down in places that you’ll see all the time.  For example, I used my goal in some of my online passwords so that I also have to type it as well.

4.  Give yourself time and opportunity to practice that one goal- is it going to be 2 or 3 times per week?

5.  Get your family involved by telling them what the goal is and why you want to achieve it.

6. Let them help you by motivating you to reach your goals.  It’ll be great if they ask you how it’s going.

7.  Believe it in your own head, say it out loud, and repeat it often…I can do this, I can do this…

I think most people will truly be excited for you if you share with them.  And, ask them to share with you.  It’s highly valuable to have people in your life who believe in you and whom you also believe in.


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