Do you struggle with seeing your fitness goals through to the end, or do you come up with some awesome ideas and then not know exactly how to get after them?
If you’ve ever experienced problems like this, you’re not alone! I’ve definitely had my fair share of unrealized goals, too.
One big reason why we may have missed our mark in the past is that our fitness goals are too complex.
Let’s take a look at some common goal-setting mistakes and figure out how we can simplify our fitness goals, making it easier to achieve them!
Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
What’s one of the fastest ways to kill your fitness goals? Believe it or not, making too many goals at once can lead to a dead end really fast.
According to Sheena Iyengar, Columbia professor and author of “The Art of Choosing,” having too many options can tank your ability to be productive.
While it’s good to be ambitious and want to improve, spreading ourselves too thin can make it harder for us to give each goal its proper focus and attention. Setting too many expectations on ourselves all at once can become overwhelming, and it can become difficult to devote enough time to finish each task.
Depending on your specific fitness goals, I recommend picking a couple. Go ahead and brainstorm out a list of things you want to improve, then go through and prioritize them.
Select 1-3 goals and focus on those until they are accomplished. This is one way to simplify your fitness goals, so you don’t end up feeling like you’re juggling too much.
Setting Unclear and Vague Goals
Another reason your fitness goals may seem overly complicated is that they aren’t clear enough. You may have written down a couple fitness goals that look great on paper but aren’t concrete enough, resulting in you chasing after them blindly.
As you reflect on fitness milestones you want to achieve, ask yourself, “Are these specific enough?”
Goals that are too generic like “lose some weight,” “get a flatter stomach,” and “run more often” leave too much room for confusion and, ultimately, failure. They’re a little too vague and don’t provide you with enough direction.
If your goal this year is to lose weight, write down a specific number. If you want to have a flatter stomach, think of a pant size you want to fit in, and if you want to run more, how many miles do you want to run?
Setting ourselves up for success is more than just jotting down some goals that sound good. It requires diving below the surface!
So, take a minute, sit down, and brainstorm some clear goals. Or, if you already have goals set, go back and make sure that they are clear-cut. Doing this will help keep your goals from becoming too complex and confusing.
No Real Plan of Action
This step is super important for helping you figure out exactly how to accomplish your goals. Breaking down goals into smaller tasks helps simplify them and makes it easier for you to stay on track.
I recommend taking your goals and breaking them down into smaller tasks, small enough that you can focus on them on a weekly or daily basis. This will obviously depend what your fitness goal is.
Doing this will make it harder for you to procrastinate and put your goal off for the proverbial “next week.” You’ll be making yourself accountable immediately!
For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds by summertime, here is an example of how you could break this weight loss goal down to daily and weekly mini tasks:
- Stay under my caloric requirements.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Limit myself to one “cheat meal” each week.
- Opt for lean meats and complex carbohydrates.
- Eat 5 smaller meals a day to curb my hunger and keep my metabolism high.