SETTING BEHAVIOUR GOALS
Generally when you ask someone about their Fitness goals most of the goal they want to achieve starts with- I want to lose 20-30 pounds, I want to deadlift double my weight, I want to compete in men’s physique, I want to look good in clothes and so on.. The goal we have set for ourselves is how we want to look by the end of the process and there is nothing wrong with it, you should always have an end goal on your mind but then at the same time you have to also understand that you cannot stop there. Also wanting to achieve a goal is not enough even if you really want it and work for it. There are many factors which affect your end goal. Maybe your work timings are getting long, you have some urgency to travel, you have a hectic schedule at college, your kid is not well so you have to run here and there, you are not sleeping enough because of your exams, you are stressed due to some personal reason, you are traveling a lot, there can be thousands of reasons affecting your fitness goals. In these situations, not you or anyone can make your body do what you want it to do but you can always control what you do in these situations and that’s why behavior goals are important. Behavior represents your commitment to practice a particular set of actions and tasks as consistently as possible. One good example of behavior goals- Goal- Want to improve a relationship with your loved ones Behavior goal- Spend more time with them, maybe take them out every week, talk more and understand. So how can you set better behavior goals? Simply write them down, then figure out what skills do you need to reach your goals, relate to each skill and write down behavior goals you need to practice each day to reach there. Maybe your goal is to lose 20 pounds so you need to eat right and exercise regularly now you need to start looking at what you eat every day in order to track everything and you need to practice this every day in order to lose 20 pounds. Focus on what to do and not on what not to do- Telling yourself to stop doing something almost guarantees that you will keep doing it. How many times you have seen people completely giving up the addiction of smoking or drinking and getting back to it again and practicing it more than before? Before you set such goal you need to understand why it’s bad and what steps you need to take in order to give it up. Smoking is not good for my health and if I keep doing it slowly it’s going to make my health even worse so its better I reduce it and then completely stop it. This is way better than- I will not smoke from today and getting back to it tomorrow. Right approach pulls you toward something you desire and slowly pull you away from something you are trying to avoid. So it’s better to set the right approach before starting out with something keeping in mind that whatever you want to achieve will take time and patience but how consistently you practice your habits is what matter at the end of the day. Goal setting is very important when you start your fitness journey but at the same time, it’s important to understand the steps you need to reach there and how you can manage the external factors affecting your journey so it’s better to prepare in advance by adapting to the right habits and following the right approach.