When it comes to achieving your goals – whether they’re fitness goals, life goals, financial goals or relationship goals – there’s one factor that is absolutely non-negotiable and that’s commitment. In the fitness realm, there are many things that can derail your success. Boredom, work stress, family obligations, not seeing results quickly – these are all things that can toss you right off the path if your commitment is lacking.
Here are some ways to keep your commitment level high and ensure you keep making progress toward being your best self.
- Go for small and achievable goals. The number one reason people don’t achieve their goals is because they set out to do too much all at once. I get that you may want to exercise 5 times a week, lose 25 pounds, quit smoking, eat more vegetables and drink more water but setting out to do all that at once is not realistic. Instead break it down into small steps that are achievable and won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.
- Put your goals out there. It’s proven that people are more likely to achieve their goals if they make them known to others. You don’t have to blast your goals all over social media, but you should let the people in your close circle know what you’re aiming for so they can be supportive.
- Find “your people.” It’s been said that you are the product of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So, surround yourself with like-minded people who will keep you aligned to your goals. If you want to work out more, connect with a buddy who enjoys being active. If you want to eat healthy, find a friend who does and swap recipes or cook together. Minimize the time you spend with people who drag you towards unhealthy habits.
- Identify your why. It seems obvious that you’re more likely to achieve a goal that is important to you, but so many people set out without a clear motivator. Try to zero in on the real reason why you want to hit the mark. Superficial goals like, “I want to have six pack abs” won’t take you very far. Identify what your deeper intention is.
- Give yourself time. Know from the outset that achieving success takes time. Figure on at least 90 days. You can assess your progress along the way, but know that long term, sustainable success takes time. Remind yourself that while quick fixes may give you quick results, those results can fade even more quickly than they came.