Editorial / Health & Wellbeing

Goal Setting for Beginners: How to Set and Stick to Your Goals

Whether it be for fitness or everyday life, goal setting is a great way to plan out exactly what you want to achieve in a way that compliments your individual lifestyle. Whilst goal setting can be an empowering activity especially at the beginning of a new year, setting goals for yourself is something you can do all year long.

Here are some tips on how to set some realistic goals for yourself along with some tools to doing your best to stick with them:

Be realistic

Life is busy, it is unrealistic to set goals for yourself that do not form within your responsibilities and schedules. Being realistic with your goals is key to ensure that you can complete most of them. Don’t be too eager to set a list of goals that you know you might struggle to achieve, start small and build them up as you go! 

Work around your lifestyle

Goals are set to be achieved around your lifestyle. If you live a busy lifestyle, start small and take easy steps towards achieving your goals. If your schedule consists of work and kids then ensuring your goals reflect your busy lifestyle will be key in being able to accomplish them without any struggle. My tip would be set a goal for the week rather than for the day, this might even be ‘Go for a 30 minute walk’ which amongst your busy lifestyle might be a great way to take some time to yourself whilst getting in some physical activity. 

Keep perspective 

This one is an easy tip – stay true to yourself. If you fail to tick a goal off your list don’t see it as a downfall, only use it as a tool of encouragement to try and tick your next one off. Life has obstacles thrown at us all the time, whilst goal setting is a great tool we need to remember to keep perspective and not be too hard on ourselves when things don’t go to plan. 

Identify obstacles 

If you have any obvious obstacles in your life that you are trying to overcome, it could be a good idea to try and use goal setting as an attempt to tackle these. An example could be that you have an office job and cardio seems out of the picture – you could try setting a goal to walk to work where possible once a week. 

About Author

Ben is the owner and co- founder of Flow Athletic, an incredibly successful yoga and fitness studio based in Paddington. He was also named one of the 2017 ‘Men of Influence’ by Men’s Style magazine and prior to getting into the fitness industry, Ben was a professional NRL player for the Cronulla Sharks and a number of other teams.