I am a strong believer that goals should be written down. It is easy to set a goal (i.e., have a mental plan), but I think it is more effective to have the goals some place where you can refer back to them in detail. I find if I have my goals written down somewhere, they provide me with a greater sense of accountability. Therefore, since spring is here and bathing suit season is just around the corner, I thought I would share a plan for getting back in shape. Since many think their stomach is their problem area, I thought I would focus on strengthening our cores. Check out the detailed plan below. You can use this template for detailing any goal you wish to achieve.
Desire: To develop a stronger core (i.e., flatter and more toned stomach area). A strong core is important in all areas of exercise, and in becoming a better athlete.
Belief: I am mentally and physically strong enough to do this. I know I can, if I have the right attitude and put in the effort.
Write in Detail: Many think a flat and toned stomach is the representation of being fit. I am not working towards this due to the resulting appearance. Rather, I am doing this because a strong core equals a strong body. Starting today, I want to get my stomach muscles stronger so that I can excel in my sport. I will accomplish this by: healthy eating, daily exercise, weight-training, gaining the support of others, and having the right attitude.
List the Benefits:
- Stronger Body
- Less body fat around stomach = lower risk of certain diseases
- Overall health improves
- Better Body Satisfaction
Establish Where You Are Now: I am in a good place with my stomach right now, but there is always room for improvement. My abdominal area is not perfectly toned, and I can get a bit insecure about wearing a bikini.
Set a Deadline: I will give myself three months (i.e., June 27, 2012), but I want to keep up the healthy behaviours afterwards.