G is for Goal setting

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Ever wonder why they call it the “big picture”

Simply put…it’s big (I hope you weren’t expecting something more profound).

One of the biggest flaws I find with anyone who is training for a half marathon, learning to run, trying to lose weight is that they focus on the end result, and not all the steps in between.

The greatest tool we have available to us in whatever our ventures may be, whether it’s weight loss, strength gain or distance run, is goal is a lofty pursuit to have.

The problem is, many of us don’t know how to set goals and simply state things such as “I want to lose 50 pounds”, “I want to run a half marathon”, “I want to increase my endurance”. Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those goals. In fact, I think they are spectacular. Where problems start to arise is that the goal is so lofty that when we run into problems (injury, plateau, lack of motivation), we tend to give up and label our goal, unattainable.

I think we need to shrink the picture down. Rather than focusing on the end goal, we should always be working toward mini-goals: Smaller achievements that are no less important because they allow to get that much closer to the ultimate goal. Small goals also give us a boost in confidence because we can celebrate our successes more often, which will give us the motivation we need to keep going. Focus on losing 5 pounds at a time, running 1 mile without stopping, working out 1 day per week. You’ll find that these behaviours quickly become habit and you don’t quit because of lack of success or burn out from trying to do too much at once.

Another tip? Every time you reach a goal, write how you feel, what worked what didn’t. You might find that the day you’ve chosen to run isn’t convenient and need to change it, or that the meal plan you were following needs some fine tuning. These are all things that you can implement on your way toward losing the next 5 pounds, or running 2 miles or working out 2 days per week.

The key? Start small. Change takes time, so don’t be afraid to take yours.

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

4 Responses to G is for Goal setting

  1. There is a lot of wisdom in breaking it down into bite size pieces. Like you said, then behaviors can become habits. Those small pieces help to stay focused too. Thanks for the post Stephanie!

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