Goal Setting and Personal Development

Is this something you do?

If so, give yourself a pat on the back because our lives are so jam packed with distractions it’s very easy to get caught up in it all and end up feeling stressed and stretched to the limit.  I’ve said this many times before that you are the creator of your own destiny and happiness, so taking a moment to practise good habits excels this.

Why is it some people get results when they set a new fitness or fat loss goals and others don’t?  The answer is simple – it’s all about the doing.  Yes the type of exercise and intensity plays a huge role but if you’re not doing anything you’ve set out to do then you’re not going to get the results either.  As the saying goes, change nothing – nothing changes.

We are all busy people and by setting personal goals and actioning them is ultimately what gives you the results you desire.  This could be anything from training to run a half marathon, drop a dress size, eat healthier, strengthen your core or even begin meditation.

Whatever it is, you’re more likely to achieve your goals once you;

  • Set them.
  • Plan and make time for them.
  • DO – This is the key… actually doing them.
  • Following the schedule you’ve set.
  • Commitment and consistency – It may not be an easy ride but it will definitely be worth it.

So how can you go about adhering to your plans?

Make it personal.

If your goal has an impact on improving your life (which they generally do) try to keep the result as clear in your vision as possible. For example, if your goal was to strengthen your core, relate this to the outcome. By having a stronger core it will reduce your backache and improve how well you feel on a daily basis. Your posture will be better and you may even notice your belly is flatter. Your vision would be a life free from pain and the added bonus of a flatter midsection.

Remember your reward

Just like training a puppy, it’s not going to do what you want it to without a reward… We’re just the same. How much more encouraging would it be if once you strengthened your core and you were living a pain free life, you booked a treatment at a spa or purchased a new top to show off your flatter stomach.  It doesn’t have to be retail therapy though, book an afternoon off to visit an art gallery if that’s your thing.


Do this weekly.  Have a look back over the last 7 days and see if there’s anything you could do better the following week that will lead you closer to your goals.