According to the research institute known as Statistic Brain, only 9.2% of all people who set New Years goals feel as though they achieved them. Even more astonishing, 42% admitted they quit within the first month!
So do goals work?
Psychologist Gail Matthews conducted a study in 2015 that showed when people write down their goals, then they were 33% more successful when compared to those who simply created goals in their head.
In 2006, researchers Locke and Lathan, found a link between setting goals and increased motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence.
But do we really need research studies to prove to us that goal-setting works?
Has anyone accidentally become the best athlete on the planet?
Has anyone ever woke up and said “Wow, I am in the best shape of my life! I didn’t even mean to do that! Lucky me!”?
When I first begin working with a new client, my goal is to understand what this person wants to achieve in as much detail as possible. My clients tend to be extremely “successful” in some area of their life. However, most of the time, they are not clear on what they want to achieve with their training and nutrition.
Without a clear, compelling vision of what you wish to become, then failure is imminent.
In order to achieve your all-time best body and possess relentless energy to be your best and give your best, it is not easy.
And it is virtually impossible without a clear, compelling vision of your future self.
Without this ultimate goal, you lack the fortitude and purpose to follow through when things get tough.
Armed with your clear and compelling vision, you have a greater purpose! This purpose propels you when challenges arise.
I can not stress this enough. You absolutely must invest the time to mentally create the new you.
All creation begins with a thought. With enough emotion and repetition then a belief forms.
For many people, this is where it stops. Belief is everything. Beliefs are the rules you live by. Oftentimes, we are completely unaware what causes us to do what we do and why we don’t do other things.
If you are going to be victorious then there are three core beliefs you must possess.
”I can do this. I will do this. And it is worth it because……..”:
I could go off on a tangent and start teaching all kind of details but that wouldn’t serve you.
Instead, it is your turn.
What you do next will determine what type of person you are and what type of person you will become in the future.
Are you the type of person who makes excuses or the type of person who takes action?
Are you the type of human that ignores important things or are you the type of human that does what it is important even when it’s not easy?
Does fear and doubt guide you or faith and courage?
Right now, write down the answer to these questions.
1. If I could achieve anything with my body what would I want it to feel like? What would I want my body to look like? What would I want my body to be able to do (run a certain distance, lift a certain amount of weight, touch your toes, etc)
2. Imagine for a moment that you were already there. Now describe what that feels like. What would your life be like if you were already living in this healthy, vibrant, energized, strong body that serves you so well?
3. Now the final step write out. “I am doing this and it is worth it because _______” and write out at least 50 reasons why.