In order to realize your goals when it comes to muscle building, fitness, or generally anything else in life that you want to achieve, you need to be using goal setting principles.
Simply knowing your goals isn’t enough. It’s one thing to say that you want to build 10 pounds of muscle, it’s a whole other thing to actually put steps forward to do it and find your path.
Using wise goal setting tips, you can help make your goals become reality.
Here are a few things that you should know.
The very first thing that you should be doing is getting specific. What is it, exactly, you want to achieve? Don’t say that you just want to ‘build muscle. How much do you want to build? Or better yet, what size do you want specific body parts to be?
Maybe you want to add an inch to your arms or increase your chest size by a couple inches. The more specific you are, the better.
Have A Time Line
Next, make sure to give yourself a timeline. Don’t let this goal go on forever. Make this timeline something that you have to work hard towards, but one that is realistic.
If your timeline is too short, you’ll feel defeated before you begin.
Keep Yourself Accountable
The third thing you must do is keep yourself accountable. How can you do that? Try telling other people about your goals. The more people that know, the more you will feel compelled to take action.
You might even have an accountability buddy – someone who checks in with you from time to time to see how you are doing.
Utilize Daily Goals
Another great way to reach your goal is to break them down. Sometimes the main goal you want to reach seems just a little too challenging. Instead, use daily goals. Try small, daily things that you can do that will inch you towards your goals.
These will make it all seem that much more doable and before not too long, you will have made significant progress.
Have A Reward System In Place
It’s also key that you have a reward system in place. Think of a few rewards that are very meaningful to you and then give yourself them if you reach your goal.
Keep in mind here that if you do not reach your goal, you should not give yourself the reward anyway. Rewards only work if you use them properly. Being too generous with rewards will just cause them to lose their power.
‘Live’ Your Goals
Finally, try as best as possible to really ‘live’ your goals. What does this mean? It means that you should visualize success often. Feel, in your mind, what it will be like when you reach your goals.
Live there for a few minutes a day. It’ll increase your drive and determination to keeping pushing forward.
So there you have some of the key tips that you must remember about goal setting. Used properly, it can dramatically increase your chances of long-term results.