Since 2016 is coming to a close, take a moment to reflect on the pass year. What have you done this year? What goals have you achieved? Before you know it, 2017 will be here. As we grow older, time speeds up. There is no time like the present to make appropriate goals and take action press the gas pedal and head out on the journey.
Understanding how to set yourself up for success when making goals can be the difference between achieving them or not. Not all goals are created equal. Goals can either motivate you or deflate you. Example: Don’t eat junk food VS incorporate more healthy protein and vegetables into my diet for snacking. Goals should make you feel energized and excited. If they make leave you feeling anxious, unmotivated or stressed, you need to sit down and reevaluate. Example: Lose 10lbs VS Run 3x per week
There are 3 Different Types of Goals:
1) Outcome VS Behavior Goals
An outcome is something that happens at the end. Such as “lose 10lbs”. A behavioral goal deals with the behavior that must happen in order to achieve the desired outcome. You cannot always control the outcome, but you can control your actions. We cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road, but we can control how we chose to drive our own vehicle.
2) Avoid VS Approach Goals
A goal that we classify as an ‘avoid’ goal is just that; a goal requiring you to avoid something. Such as “stop eating ice cream”. These goals typically have a negative energy associated with them and could leave you feel unhappy and unmotivated.
Approach goals are the opposite and focus on a course of action that you want to do. Such as “Include more healthy protein and fat in my diet”. These goals have a positive feeling associated with them and are more likely to keep you motivated and excited.
Performance VS Mastery Goals
Performance goals are similar to an outcome goal. They focus on your ability to perform in a certain way but have an extrinsic component to them. This mean that it is something outside of your control such as winning a competition.
The opposite, a mastery goal, focuses on intrinsic factors. These types of goals focus on learning, being better than you were yesterday and enjoying the process. Such a goal would look like this ” Learn how to proper visualize prior to competitions”.
We prefer that our clients set:
- behavior goals rather than outcome goals
- approach goals rather than avoid goals
- mastery goals rather than performance goals
When you focus on setting these types of goals, not only will you feel motivated and excited, but you will set yourself up for success. We do not want you to get to the end of 2017 wondering why you were not able to cross your goals off of your list. Even worst, only a few months into the year, only to fall off of the wagon and find yourself in a very unhappy state.
We are here to help you succeed. If you need any help of clarification regarding goals, come and speak with us!
Remember to celebrate every success, no matter how small. Small, manageable steps, lead to revolutionary change. A good friend once said “How do you eat an elephant?”… the answer? One piece at a time.
Until next time!
Remember to enjoy the process.
Saint City Fitness.