"This is it" you say as you set another fitness goal.
"I'm going to lose a minimum of 1kg per week. This is my time, its going to happen I promise".
You post on Facebook to your buddies with the hashtags #cleaneating #motivated #igotthis #fitness to show your commitment.
You tell yourself - "I want to fit into my jeans again". "I want to weigh X kilograms and I want to be X body fat percentage"
You focus so hard on achieving those goals. A week passes by, you jump on the scales and nothings changed.
You're frustrated and angry that you put in so much effort yet you didn't see the scales go down.
Soon enough you're back to square one. You're unhappy and uncomfortable with your current state of health and frustration sets in. Not mention you're hoping nobody asks about how your motivated Facebook 'goal setting' post is going.
Sound familiar? Can you relate to this on some level? I've been there myself...
So, where did it all go wrong?
You could be focussing on the wrong type of goal...
Outcome Goals vs Behaviour Goals
Outcome goals are the main outcomes or objectives that we hope to accomplish. For example, setting a goal of "losing 1kg per week" or "I want to lose 10kg in 10 weeks" is an OUTCOME goal. This is directly OUT of our control. We cannot control EXACTLY what the scales say, so why focus so hard on such goals? An outcome goal is the end result of a series of other things you have to do.
Now, there's nothing wrong with setting those goals, in fact. they help to give us direction but it shouldn't be the main focus. For example, when you go on a road trip, do you focus on the destination you want to arrive at or do you focus on HOW you're going to get there in the first place?
To create a sustainable goal, we must focus on the process that creates the outcome!
Behaviour goals are the steps you need to take to achieve your outcome goal! For example, if your outcome goal is "I want to fit into my size 12 jeans by summer" or "I want to lose 10kg in 10 weeks," you could set behavioural goals such as:
"I commit to exercising at least 1 hour per day for the next 10 weeks"
"I commit to reducing my caloric intake by 500 cals per day for the next ten weeks"
"I commit to recording a food diary for a minimum of 2 x week days and 1 x weekend for the next 10 weeks"
See the difference? You can directly control a behaviour goal. It's up to you to commit to that behaviour.
"Focus on the process, and that will take care of the prize"
Is This The #1 Reason You're Not Achieving Your Health and Fitness Goals?
I want you to take a moment now to reflect on what you've been focussing on up until this point.
Are you getting too caught up in a goal where you have no control of the desired outcome?
Is this the number one reason you haven't achieved your health and fitness goals?
Of course, there are many factors why we may not be where we want to be in our health and fitness. Hopefully this has shed some light on your current situation and with a bit of application, you'll be propelled towards success.
The Next Steps...
1) Download the Behaviour Goal Tracker below and start identifying exactly what it is you want to achieve (outcome goal) and exactly how you're going to achieve it (behaviour goal).
2) Keep it somewhere safe and refer back to it every day to keep yourself accountable
3) Tell me about it! Come and join the exclusive Facebook group HERE and share your result!
Still unsure on why you're not achieving your health and fitness goals? Let's have a chat! I will personally answer ANY questions you have and we'll organise a plan of action! Fill out the form below and I'll be in touch within 48 hours to book a time!
Aidan D'Arcy - Personal Trainer in Frenchs Forest