While many people have dreams of achieving an amazing physique, few have taken the necessary steps of setting forth long- and short-term plans to actually achieve their goal.
In a world of immediate gratification, most of us simply do not really appreciate just how much work actually goes into achieving the physique we all desire.
Vision and clearly defined goals are required which provide long-term direction and supply small achievable steps which move us in the right direction.
In this article, I’ll touch on some of the reasons and some methods for setting both long- and short-term goals to help you actually achieve the body that you desire.
Goal Setting & Plan Defining Is Essential For Success
Goal setting and plan defining is often one of the first directions in which I point clients, friend and family, if they want to begin a body transformation. The reason for this is quite simple in that having a clear direction and plan is imperative for doing the work necessary to attain the end goal.
With changing your body successfully, there are hundreds of moving parts that all need to be manipulated in unison in order for success to actually occur.
By defining your goals and building a plan based on those goals, you’ll ensure that you’re exercising and dieting in an appropriate manner to actually achieve what you’re hoping for.
As an example, consider someone who is interested in powerlifting. Now consider someone else who is interested in fat loss. Truth is, regardless of these two individuals’ starting points, training and nutrition plans for each will be drastically different from one another. That’s because the entire focus of each goal is radically different.
In the case of the powerlifter, most training will be focused on improving strength and power. Additionally, their nutrition will also probably be built around promoting strength and muscle growth.
Alternatively, for the individual looking to reduce body fat, training will likely be at a higher intensity and more metabolically demanding, while reducing calorie intake to drop body fat.
By defining long- and short-term goals, you can then begin to mold your training and nutrition around those goals to ensure that you’re actually taking the correct steps to get there.
Start With Long-term Goals
Defining long-term goals is always the first step I recommend, and also use myself, when I start a new venture. Often times, we have an approximate idea of what to do and then quickly become swamped with additional small ideas that may or may not actually pan out.
Having a clearly defined end goal creates a hierarchy of importance, enabling you to build clear steps that will put you in-line for achieving what you desire.
For example, let’s say your goal is to lose body fat. At first, that’s a fairly broad goal. You should determine how much fat you want to lose, how you’ll do it, how quickly you want it to happen, whether that is your only goal, etc.
Simply starting an exercise or nutrition plan just isn’t enough. You’ll need to exhaust every angle and variable before starting your plan to ensure that you’re actually working towards your ultimate goal.
Move Towards Smaller, More Focused Goals
After defining long-term goals, the next logical step is to define short-term goals. However, this step is potentially even more important than the first.
Be creating short-term goals, you’re doing two things here. First, you’re setting forth goals and direction to achieve levels of success that actually push you in the direction of your end goal.
Second, by creating short-term, attainable goals you’ll be able to actually achieve them in a more immediate time frame, which helps build confidence and a belief that you’re capable of achieving what you set out to achieve.
Often times, many of our goals are very lofty. I’d like to make a million dollars or own a dream car or I want a shredded six-pack, just to randomly name a few. However, those goals would often take years, if not longer to actually achieve.
When you only have one goal that you can’t achieve for years, it can often feel like you’re a failure or simply not taking the right steps, so it can be only too easy to simply give up.
By creating short-term goals you’ll see and appreciate that you’re moving in the right direction, while also creating “small wins” to let you know you’re making the right decisions and so it will be easier to persevere.
Without short-term goals, you could well be moving in the wrong direction without even knowing it.
Considering that most long-term goals take years to achieve, many times those end goals may actually change. For example, rarely do I have fitness goals that last more than 1 year. Eventually, I find that I’m interested in something else, which requires a change. Many people will probably also have a slight change in direction after a year or more chasing one particular goal.
However, just because you have a change of heart, it doesn’t mean that the process itself changes. If you decide to drastically change your fitness goals, you’ll need to completely overhaul your long-term and short-term goals.
While doing so is certainly acceptable, I suggest only radically changing your goals and approach after careful consideration of the effort required to do so.
Even though setting both long- and short-term goals is essential for success, be sure to constantly re-evaluate to ensure that your “end goals” have remained the same.
Setting Goals To Achieve The Physique You Desire
Setting both long- and short-term goals is essential for achieving the physique you desire. By setting these goals, you’ll allow for a clear vision and know the right direction to take.
Further, by creating short-term goals, you’ll create a system of constant achievement and reassurance that you’re moving in the right direction.
Lastly, it’s imperative that you consistently re-evaluate your long- and short-term goals to ensure that they are in-line with what you currently desire.