Why Goal Setting’s So Important To Lose Weight

Over 85% of all obese people who decide to “finally lose fat” and improve their lives stumble upon some form of ‘goal setting’ on their way.

And right so, this post is going show you why goal setting is such an important part of the quest to lose weight. This will be an important part of the overall process without which success is going to be a hit or miss thing.

Some people think that goal setting has become so popular that it has reached “cliché” status. But the process of setting goals continues to thrive and will remain at the forefront of our lives.

Why is it such a mainstay?

Goal setting requires the establishment of concrete objectives. Ones that are achievable. With goal setting, you cement your plans. You state what you want to attain; and the more concrete your goals appear to you, the more motivated you then become to achieve said goal.

In setting your goals, you enter into a personal covenant – one that binds you to your own word. Well of course, it is easier to break a promise you make to yourself than those you make to other people. However, goal setting should be a test of your personal integrity. After all, how can you keep your word to others if you cannot even keep a promise to yourself?

Goal setting is a powerful tool that makes you the master of your own future.

Your goals will determine your actions today that will affect your situation tomorrow.

Specifying your goals will help you determine where you should focus your resources and efforts. Goal setting is a blueprint of sorts; one that will show you what to do and how to do it. Clarifying your goals will also weed out the distractions that can disrupt your progress. What exactly do you want to achieve? How long do you want to work to
achieve it? What would you do to achieve your goal?

Make sure your goals are measurable, so that you will not become discouraged.

You should list out all the baby steps that make up the journey, and place the goals (& steps) in a binder or on your digital calendar.

However, goal setting should not be mistaken with a statement of your personal desires and dreams. You cannot fault the goal setting process for your inability to get to the moon using your rusty car. Goal setting requires that you consider all the baby steps that make up the journey from who you are today to who you want to become tomorrow.

In fact, a very popular method of goal setting is that it has to be “SMART”!

Meaning, each letter in the word SMART stands for something:

S = Specific

The goal has to be specific. You cannot just wake up one day and declare that I have a goal of losing weight. That does not make any sense because that’s ultimately the destination, it’s not specific. How much weight do you want to lose exactly? Bad weight, water weight?

M = Measurable

Similarly, the goal has to be measurable. Since the site’s about Plexus slim, let me give you an example. A while ago, someone commented that her goal was to “control 80-90% of ther emotional eating and cravings with plexus slim…”, and I was like, OK, but how do you measure that!?

A much more measurable example = you can decide to lose 30 pounds in the next 8 months. That’s a measurable and specific goal.

A = Attainable

This is easy to understand. If you say, “I am going to cut down my fat to 5%!” that’s just ridiculous! Also, people saying they want to lose “200 pounds” when they are 320 right now is simply not attainable. And even if it might be “hypothetically”, the goal has to make sense “realistically”.

An obese weighing, say 200lbs says that she plans to lose about 30-35 pounds in the next 4-5 months, that’s very much an attainable goal.

Here’s a nice article on webMD about it being realistic.

R = Relevant

This doesn’t need explanation. Whatever you decide to be your goal, the means should be as relevant to it as possible.

T = Time based

Unless you have a specific time frame in your mind to attain that goal, it’s just a dream!

So here’s a recap on the secrets for goal setting:

1. Decide what you want.

2. Specify your goals. Think about how to get what you want.

3. Develop a step by step action plan – including a plan to monitor your progress.

4. Keep your goals realistic and constantly revisit them

The more important aspect of goal setting is to keep your goal grounded. For instance, setting a goal to lose twenty pounds in 2 months may leave you disappointed. Setting goals to lose 2 pounds a week for ten weeks will allow you to achieve constant milestones.

Most folks who fail at losing weight either give up half way because the set ridiculous goals, or fail because they didn’t set any! So, keep this in mind that you want to set realistic and achievable goals.

Now, once you have decided on your goals, stick to them and see them through to the very end… because once you get to where you want to be you’ll see that every step of the journey was totally worth it!

Remember, though they say that it is the journey that matters and not the destination, you should always, always have your mind set on the destination, a better slim body without excess fat. Because unless you stick to the end result in this particular journey, there will, and you WILL fall in the thousands of pitfalls of everyday life.

So remember, enjoy the journey of course, but never, ever lose sight of the ultimate destination, your own fit body without the “excess baggage”!

Keep an eye out for my next post where we discuss the importance of developing a support system.

Yours in Success…

More Resources:

1) http://exercise.about.com/od/weightloss/a/weightlossgoals.htm

2) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/weight-loss-guide/Pages/set-your-target-weight.aspx

  • Sam Otari says:

    Great point to work on.

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