To set goals, we need to have an end vision, what we really want to achieve.
What’s that end point?
If you do not have a destination, when you do get somewhere you don’t know if it is the destination you intended to reach.
If you don’t have that specific destination, whether it’s in fat loss, your career or in business, whatever area of life, you can use the ideas here to change your life.
At the beginning of 2013, I started setting very specific goals for certain areas of my life. At the end of 2013, I noticed the areas that I had very specific goals with very specific action plans, I actually achieved them pretty easily. I wanted to end up at 15% body fat by the end of 2013. I had a full action plan and lots of tweaks and everything that I wanted to do over the year and wrote it down.
Once I wrote it down, I started taking action on them, step-by-step doing the things that I teach in the coaching program and by June, I had broken that mark. I had gone under 15% body fat in June. My whole plan was by the end of the year to get 15% but by the end of the year, I was at almost 13% body fat.
That is the power of goals. That is the power of having an action plan to get to those goals. If you don’t have a vision of what you want, you are not going to be able to take steps to get there. I have my end vision and I will achieve that by the end of next year.
Looking at breaking down those plans I have set my plans for this year. I am working on them, day by day, by tweaking my diet, tweaking things, doing advanced things that I will be teaching in the future. But at this moment, at about 13% body fat, fit and healthy, the fittest I ever, ever been in my life and I would like to be able to help people to get fit and to get to that point where they are happy with their body, their health and their fitness.
So, basically, have an end vision of what you’d like to be in the end and break that down into goals. When you have an end goal, let’s say in my case, I’d like to get to 8% body fat. So that is my end-goal in terms of fitness and once I get to 8% it’s about maintaining that for the rest of my life.
I don’t have extra-ordinary genetics or anything like that. I was fat till the age of 18 and after that, I’ve lost-gained, done a few fad diets and all sorts of things but since, starting to work with low-carb, no sugar in my diet, things have change and I’ve started to get fit, healthy and been more energetic. I’ve never been so energetic in my life. So it’s a fantastic feeling.
Once you have that end-goal in mind. In your case, it could be, you want to lose 40 pounds. Let’s start at something reasonable. In your case, it could be, it could be 80, it could be 100. I’m not sure, but I’m just going with the example of 40 pounds. So, when you look at the whole 40 pounds, it looks massive, it looks so hard. It looks pretty much insurmountable. But when you break that down, when you say “Okay, I’m going to lose 40 pounds by the end of 2014,” At this point, you can go “Okay, this year’s got 52 weeks, so in 52 weeks, I’ve got to lose 40 pounds, that is less than a pound a week”, which now makes it so much more easier. You’ve got this goal for every week. That’s about .8 of a pound or .85 pounds a week, which is easy. It’s something that is attainable and then you look at it and go “wow, I can do that!” The thing is, the moment you look at the big goal, you’re going to think “40 pounds is too much”. But when you break it down over a period of time it becomes easy.
And let’s be honest, we’ve all put on fat over a long period, it might be 5 years, 10 years or whatever before we think “Oh, I got to change my lifestyle and get fit and get healthy” so, it’s going to take a bit of time and you’ve got to look at it in the long term.
So once you’ve broken that down into easy chunks, which is .85 pounds a week, that’s to lose 40 pounds in the year, you can start taking action towards it. Taking action towards it, in my case, is a low-carb lifestyle. Eating low-carb, just naturally gets the body to use all the fat storage in stored fat in our bodies and get fit.
Once you start losing fat like that, you can go to the gym, do 2 or 3 workouts a week, doing really heavy weights. Probably, 30 to 45 minutes, that’s the maximum you need to spend at the gym, 3 times a week, that’s 1 hour and a half to 2 hours and 15 minutes a week, I’m sure, everyone has 2 hours and 15 minutes a week, to invest towards their health.
You have got to block time out for this sort of thing, as it is very important. So, once we start losing fat with a low-carb diet, you can add exercise to it and turbo-charge that and over a period of time, you’ll start seeing results. When you start seeing results, you are more enthusiastic. You want do more. And that keeps building positive self-esteem, positive attitude and you keep working at it.
So, once you’ve broken the goals into small chunks, write down an action plan.
Write these things down.
Don’t just say “I’ve got it in my mind.”
Write it down. When you write it, you are reaffirming it with yourself that you have these goals and you these action plans to get there.
So, once you have an action plan to achieve your goals which might be going low-carb, doing 2 or 3 workouts a week. If you do more than that, you could be sending your body into starvation mode. You have got to be careful about those sort of things and over-training is worse than under-training for fat loss at least.
Once you have an action plan in place, take action every day. That means, every meal, everything that goes into your body, you’ve got to see it as “Does this nourish my body or does it not?”
Once you start asking yourself questions like that, you’ll start making right choices and it is a choice to live a lifestyle. You’ve got to make that choice and you’ve got to have an action plan to get there.
Once you have your action plan, once you start looking at the action plan and your goals every day in the morning and you start making good choices in your life, you will start losing fat, you’ll start gaining self-esteem, you’ll start making a difference and you’ll start living an energetic life.
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Have a fantastic day.