Getting Excited About Your Health, Day 1: Clarity
One of the most important elements that goes along with constructing your brand new workout, diet, along with any other lifestyle changes you're making is having a goal set in place.
Goals are extremely powerful for keeping you motivated at all times and helping you to push through those challenging movements and still carry on to the path of success. Some people completely skip over the goal process entirely, which is only going to cause them to run around in circles without ever achieving a high sense of clarity over what it is that they are actually trying to accomplish.
If you want to see faster progress and feel great about the progress you're making, goals are essential to success.
Now that you know the importance of goals, the next step is to make sure that your goals are properly formatted to bring you the best results possible. Some people do go so far as to set their goals in place which is great, but the problem becomes that their goals aren't set properly.
How you form and shape your goal will have a very large impact on whether or not you do actually achieve them, so it's important to spend some time on this process.
Those who simply pick a random goal that they feel is important to them and make that the driving force behind their program are far more likely to find themselves falling off the bandwagon and getting discouraged with the progress they're making.
So let's go over right now the main things that you need to be doing in order to achieve some clarity on your health goals.
Focus On Positive Goals Rather Than Negative Goals
Perhaps the biggest problem that people experience when setting goals â€“ or in almost anything else in life for that matter, is the inability to keep themselves in a positive mind frame.
Stop and think for a moment as you go about your day. How often do you stop and notice all the good things that are happening? On a very rare occasion when it seems like the world is on your side you might think to yourself how great life really is. But, 90% of the time when it's just another average day, most of what you pick up on will be the frustrating points, the setbacks, and the negative reactions that others either have with you are that influence you in some way.
All this negativity will put you in a bad frame of mind that doesn't make self-growth and feeling happy all that possible. You're focusing on all the negatives rather than the positives.
The same principle applies to your goals. If you can effectively shift your mind frame from that of a negative to that of a positive, your chances of success dramatically improve.
So how do you do this?
What you need to do is to formulate your goal based on what you do want to happen, not on what you don't want to happen.
For example, let's take sticking to your diet.
Rather than setting your goal to be: "I don't want to eat one piece of junk food this week", you would set your goal to, "I want to strive to put nothing but nutritious foods in my body for the next seven days".
Likewise, rather than setting your goal to be: "I don't want to miss another of my early morning workouts,", your goal would be, "I'm going to get up and attend each and every one of my scheduled workouts this week".
Notice the difference in these two statements? One looks at the negative (the bad that could happen) and one focuses on the positive (the good that you want to put in place).
This simple shift puts you in a totally different state of mind where rather than preventing something from taking place, which can cause great anxiety in some people, you're focusing on putting something into place through actions that you can control. This brings the power back to you and makes you feel far more self-confidence that you do have the capabilities to achieve success.
Focus On Internal Rather Than External Processes
The second important shift that you need to make when setting your goals that will help you gain clarity and make sure that they are set properly to bring you the most success possible is to start focusing on internal rather than external processes.
What this essentially means is that rather than thinking about what you don't want others to do or how you want to influence other people, you want to think about what you want to be doing yourself.
Remember, you have no control over other people. You can't control their actions, you can't control their reactions, and you can't control their feelings.
You do have control over yourself, however. You can control your actions, you can control your reactions, and you can control your feelings.
So where does the power lie?
The power is all in changing how you perceive any event or situation in your life. Start focusing your goals around this.
So for example, looking at a weight loss goal again, you might set the goal of: "I want to lose weight so that other people will admire and respect me". This is totally out of your control as you have no real influence on what other people will think.
Instead, set the goal, "I want to lose weight so that I can feel better and more self-confident about myself and not care what others think of me". Now you're giving yourself the power again. You're going to be the one who determines whether you reach this goal or not and it's not in the hands of others.
As soon as you place your goal in the hands of others, you're going to create a feeling of hopelessness in yourself that just won't be effective for moving you forward.
So there you have two main things that you must do right now to gain some clarity on your goals and make sure that they are structured properly for success. Make any changes necessary to yours right now.