Why does it seem that some people are natural born goal-achievers and others struggle to achieve any of their life goals? If you think you might fall into the last category, you’re not alone and it doesn’t have to be this way. FitClub has broken down two main reasons people fail to meet their goals and some solutions to improve the chances for success.
- You are lying to yourself. Let’s imagine that you started with the perfect, SMART goal. The goal was reasonable by every measure and even seemed to be something you really wanted from the beginning. You thought you were really trying, but you haven’t made any progress. If you haven’t been tracking your efforts, and not just your progress, you may have been inadvertently lying to yourself. Even though it seems impossible that you could lie to yourself, it’s more common than you might think. For example, if you think you’re eating healthy, but you’re not counting calories, macronutrients, or watching your portion sizes you may not be on track to hit your goals. If your diet is pretty good during the week, but you let yourself indulge on weekends, you may be burning more calories than you’re consuming.
Solution: Lying to yourself by choosing to overlook the details of your diet and fitness routine is common and easy to fix. There are many apps for your phone that let you tally up your calories even before you begin to eat. Portion control containers are also available to help you better understand what a healthy portion of any given food might be. Finally, limiting your “cheat day” to a cheat meal can help you prevent eating back all those saved calories during the week. This problem is so common and so easy to fix that you might begin to see the error in your plan almost immediately with very little extra effort!
- You don’t know how to achieve your goal. For some goals, there are thousands of training plans designed to get you to the finish line. For example, if you want to run a 5K, you’d be shocked how many training plans exist. What if your goal, though, is more complicated? What if you want to build lean muscle mass and reduce your overall body fat? That goal is more complicated and without a certain level of advanced knowledge and expertise, even a really great effort might not get you to your end goal.
Solution: There are professionals readily available to you at FitClub. You don’t have to become a personal trainer to benefit from a personal trainer’s expertise. Working with a personal trainer that can design a program specifically for you will go a long way in helping you sort through the complexities of changing your body and creating your healthiest possible self.
Achieving a goal can be its own reward. If you’re having trouble achieving your goals, talk to a professional at FitClub for the insight and information you need to make healthy life changes.