In his book Awaken the Giant Within,Tony Robbins talks about the two primary driving forces in our lives: pain and pleasure. When you’re making up your mind whether to order desert or not, or to workout even though you might feel like doing something else, it’s because the short term pleasure you gain from your decision is greater than the long-term pain you may experience from it. The pleasure you get from having that ice cream or skipping your usual after-work gym session for happy hour is greater than the pain you’ll probably experience from not reaching your weight loss goal.
What’s the solution? To make reaching your goals such a priority that it’s just not worth it. And a big part of this comes from having definite, concrete fitness goals set for yourself.
Setting a goal is typically the first thing I do when meeting with a client – it’s a hugely important step of the process. Whether your goal is to drop your body fat by 10%, to run a 5k, or to do ten consecutive pull-ups, having a goal gives your workouts a purpose. It enables you to develop a more specific plan. And it helps you to boost the intensity of your workouts – you’re likely to work harder if you have something you’re working towards.
Goal setting is one of the most important things you can do to keep your motivation for working out high. If your workouts aren’t going as well as you’d like them to, or you’re need of some extra motivation, don’t hesitate to contact me for one-on-one or group personal training at www.forestvancetraining.com.