How to get what you want

At the moment many of us have no set routine, we are at home all day and are struggling when it comes to getting things done.

Setting a goal gives you something to work towards allowing you to get back into some form of routine and can also help us with our motivation in all areas of our lives.

One of the hardest parts of setting a goal is getting started. Many people struggle when it comes to setting the goal itself and do not know where to start. Your goals are specific to you, they are personal and can be anything you want them to be from reading a book, cooking a meal from scratch to running a 5k, as long as it's what you want. No goal is too small.

It is important to note however that your goals need to be realistic. This is where we step in with the help of our friends at LesMills with 5 great tips to help you set realistic goals.

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A goal needs to represent something which you are both willing and able to do. If your goal is to run a marathon when you don’t enjoy running and are not likely to go running, then you’re setting yourself up to fail. Instead focus on something you know you will work hard to achieve. Goals will require consistent effort and specific actions that need to be taken on a daily basis.

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You are far more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. This way you can refer to them daily to keep them at the front of your mind. Writing down goals also makes them real. It helps us commit to the goals and gives us something to visually see and reflect on.

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If you set one goal at a time, you are more likely to achieve it rather than becoming overwhelmed and giving up on the lot. As you get that goal under control, you can slowly start to add more goals to the mix. If your goal is to get fit, start with a small dose. Too many people make the mistake of leaping into exercise when baby steps are what’s needed.  As your fitness increases and you feel more confident, you can start lengthening your workouts and adding more variety to the mix. 

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Take your one big goal and sub-group it into achievable smaller goals which are concrete, measurable and time-based. Having a deadline often helps as without a timeline, there is no sense of urgency.

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Have rewards in place for when you reach your goals. They will not only motivate you but make you feel good when it’s time for pay out. It might be that new pair of jeans you have had your eye on but not quite fitted into (until now), or a treat at a day spa. 

We hope this blog has helped you on your way to setting some goals. If any of your goals are fitness related make sure you check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for some amazing free workouts.

We also have an amazing Online Membership for only £10 per month and some Online Personal Training.  

We will be back next week with another exciting NLL Blog.


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