How To Use Mini-Goals For Faster Results
As you go about your workout program, you’re likely working towards one main long term goal that you have set. This could be to lose 20 pounds, to run a half marathon, or to simply be able to bench press a certain amount of weight.
While it’s great that you have this long term goal driving you forward, you cannot overlook the fact that at times, it can be easy to lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.
The minute you start to lose focus is the minute that your motivation will take a turn for the worse, so this can really come back to haunt you.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should consider the use of mini-goals. These goals are going to help to keep you on track at all times and give you greater motivation on a daily basis.
Let’s explain further.
What Mini-Goals Are
A mini goal is essentially a very short term goal- something that you can accomplish in one day.
So you’ll want to set this goal either before you go to bed at night or first thing when you wake up in the morning. Stop and think about one thing that you want to accomplish that day that you are quite confident that with a bit of effort you will have no problem achieving.
For instance, the goal may be to drink at least 10 glasses of water the next day. Or, it may be to run an extra quarter mile more than you normally do.
It’s something that should require some effort, but not so much that you feel you can’t do it.
How To Set Them
When it comes to setting these goals, you also want to think across the broad spectrum. Mix it up as you go about the week. Set some workout goals on some days and on others, focus on diet goals.
Still yet, you may focus on lifestyle goals as well. One day you may set the goal to get to bed earlier and be sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep.
Another day you may set the goal to get up and walk around at least once every hour.
The more variety you can get, the better.
Keep in mind that these goals should all be taking you one step closer to the final long-term goal that you have set.
Should You Use Rewards?
Finally, you may be wondering if you should also set rewards for these mini goals. For most people, you won’t want to as it is something you are doing daily and simply accomplishing that goal will serve as positive re-enforcement enough.
But, if you get to the point where motivation is really slipping, then you may want to consider having a reward in place.
If it inspires you to push forward, it’s a good thing.
So there you have the key things to know and remember if you want to maintain higher motivation throughout your entire workout and diet journey.