Fitness goals are a great way to add meaning and purpose to your daily workouts. However, when you become hyper-focused on outcomes like losing weight or looking a certain way, it can get frustrating. You have a goal, but it feels like you’re not getting any closer to where you want to be. You stop noticing the small changes that are happening over time. And when you no longer see progress, you lose your motivation to keep trying.
If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips on how to shift your focus from the final destination to making progress:
1. Set Process Goals
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that process goals focus on a process. A process goal will center on the tasks you need to complete to reach a future outcome. For example, a process goal might be to “work out three times a week for the next month.” The emphasis is on the process. In this case, it’s the number of workouts you’ll complete each week. A process goal gives you a tangible way to measure your progress. And, it will most likely bring you closer to your desired outcome.
2. Set Short-Term Objectives
Another way to focus more on making progress is to set short-term objectives for long-term goals. Suppose you have a goal that you may not achieve for several months or even years. In that case, you’ll, unfortunately, have plenty of time to forget about everything you’ve done in the past to get you this far. By setting short-term objectives, you create mini-milestones that will keep you on track and give you a way to recognize your progress over time. It’s worth celebrating these small successes because it reinforces the changes and progress you’re making along the way.
3. Keep a Workout Journal
Keeping a workout journal is another way to shift your focus to progress over outcomes. Recording your workouts reinforces the fact that you’re doing something that contributes to your overall goal every day. A workout log is a big help when you have a bad day or a bad workout. It puts that one bad workout into the context of all the great workouts and hard work you’ve already put in. Even when you feel like you’ve taken a step back, you’ll be able to see all the other workouts that have contributed to your progress.
Class A Fitness in Greendale can help you make progress toward your fitness goals and achieve success. To learn more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering, contact us today.