There are as many methods as there are teachers.
Positive thinking sounds great in theory, but does it work?
I think you’ll be surprised at what the results of this research study found.
Let’s see what really works…
What Really Works For Achieving Fitness Goals
Think of something that you have achieved.
Now think about how you achieved it?
I’m going to list a number of techniques that you might have used.
Go through each one slowly and think about it in terms of the goal that you achieved. Make a mental note if you think it helped you to achieve your goal.
1.) Make a step by step plan
2.) Motivate yourself by focusing on someone that you admire a lot for achieving so much
3.) Tell other people about your goals
4.) Think about the bad things that will happen if you don’t achieve your goals
5.) Think about the good things that will happen if you achieve it
6.) Try to suppress unhelpful thoughts (eg not thinking about eating unhealthy food)
7.) Reward yourself for making progress towards your goals
8.) Rely on willpower
9.) Record your progress
10.) Fantasize about how great your life will be when you achieve your goal.
The Fascinating Results From A Large Scale Study
Based on two large scaled studies involving more than 5000 participants the list above is what most people used most frequently to achieve their goals (Wiseman, 2010; 59 Seconds).
Some of them sound pretty good, and I am sure that somewhere along the line, you’ve been told to do these things to achieve your goals.
The sad truth is that only about 10 % of the people achieved their goals.
Only 5 methods from the list were proven to be effective in achieving goals.
Can you guess which ones?
Let’s go over them:
The 5 Step Plan To Achieve Any Goal
1.) Firstly the successful participants had a plan
2.) Secondly they told other people about their goals
3.) Thirdly they thought frequently about the benefits that achieving the goal would have in their lives
4.) They set regular rewards for achieving the stepping stones of their goal
5.) They also tended to make their plans and progress as concrete as possible, by tracking and expressing them in writing. This is why keeping a journal is such a valuable thing to do.
I’ve summarized the steps to achieving your fitness goals in a document that you can download here.
Is that useful to you?
I know when I learnt this, it suddenly became clear to me why some people achieve their goals and others spend hours reading Facebook pages and self help books and never achieve them.
What To Do Next
1.) Figure out a fitness goal that you want to achieve, it can be small it can be big. Tell me about it in the comments below and let me know if there is any way that I can help.
2.) Use the worksheet provided to create your plan and then put it in a prominent place – I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve achieved!