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We set goals all the time, but how can we make them better and easier to achieve? Well, step one:
Generally, when someone asks about their fitness goals, most people start with the outcome(s) they want:
Outcome goals describe how we want things to be at the end of the process.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting things. Or talking about what you want. Or starting with the end in mind. But we can’t stop there. Wanting things isn’t enough. Even if you really, really, really want them.
Because: We often can’t control outcomes.
Outcomes are affected by environmental things. Like:
And they’re influenced by physical things. Like:
You get the idea.
You can’t make your body do what you want it to.
But you can control what you do.
That’s why behavior goals are so important: They focus on the things we do have control over.
Behavior goals represent your commitment to practice a particular set of actions or tasks every day, as consistently and regularly as possible.
Here are a few examples of how we can turn outcome goals into behavior goals.
Lose 10 pounds. Eat till satisfied (instead of stuffed) at each meal.
Lower blood sugar. Eat fruit for dessert, instead of sweets, at least three times a week.
Squat more weight. Squat 3 times a week at various intensities.
Sleep 8 hours per night. Create a calming pre-sleep routine and start it 30 minutes before bedtime.
Have a better relationship with your partner. Have a date night once a week.
Notice how both outcome and behavior goals are trackable. However, behavior goals are usually more effective because they give you something to do (and track) each day.
So how can you set powerful behavior goals today?