Back of the Net”

  • Why and how you should be reviewing your goals
  • * One simple tactic to embrace change

It’s easy to say that you have a goal of simply “eating healthier” or “getting fitter” but often this intangible approach fails.

Afterall, getting fitter could mean going to the gym twice a week to some people.

The whole purpose of having a goal is to gauge your success!

I’ve swithered over the past couple of years over how best to set goals.

Does having a number on the scales in mind motivation people or not? I mean, over the longer term, set backs happen and progress will not be linear.

However, without a number in mind, it becomes rather indifferent.

I somewhat sit on the fence with this one. Yes, you need a goal to aim for but it shouldn’t be the sole factor. Getting hung up on the outcome is a certain disaster.

I would never advocate becoming obsessive about the numbers on the scales! It doesn’t breed a good relationship with your body and quite frequently leads to problems with calorific intake. Eating less is certainly not the solution to most people losing weight, for example.

The book that I’m presently reading; “Positive Psychology” addresses the issues of goal setting in detail.

It’s also linked to an earlier chapter on fear (and our perceptions hold us back, notably when goal-setting).

One thing that has helped me immensely in my business has been setting targets. It’s easy to drift and say that things are “good enough” but when you have a dream, you can begin to picture what is needed.

The book (“Positive Psychology” by Alice Price) also emphasises the opportunities that are created when you have a goal.

In regards to my business, I’ve become more adept at picking the most effective uses of my time and opened my eyes to other things. Similarly, if your goal is better nutrition, being aware of this while you’re shopping may take you into new areas of the supermarket and the possibilities are endless.

The power of “selective attention” is that “just because we’re familiar with something doesn’t mean we’re always aware of it.”

It really does change your mindset. The brain has so much information to contend with so changing your perspective can be immensely powerful.

One of the biggest things that holds us back is the comfort of being content. As the book suggests, many people are happy just living life and not curious to see how far they could go.

Besides that, what if we fail? Being concerned about our failings is a major reason why many of us don’t try.

So, dream big: have some numbers in mind. This could be wanting to deadlift 150kg or run for 30 minutes without stopping (that was my first fitness goal). You’ll be amazed at how motivated you become and also how realistic it actually is.

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