Goal Setting and Personal Contracts for Success

When we start out on a journey, whether it be a vacation road trip or a journey of selp improvement, we need to have a game plan. We need to have a map, a plan of how to get to our destination and how long it is going to take us to get there. We also must take the opportunity to ask directions (yes, even the men must ask now and

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An important aspect of any fitness program is setting goals. Without a clear goal in mind, it is difficult to commit to a program. This worksheet is designed to assist you in setting goals and defining obstacles that may impede progress toward your goal. In order to write a goal, you must have a clear indication of what a goal consists of.

Goal setting needs to be specific. It need to be measurable – in other words you need to have a benchmark that can be followed. How are you going to measure your progress (pounds lost, inches, body fat, etc). Goals also need to be realistic and attainable. You also need to attach a reward for each goal. Your goal setting worksheet could have several goals that you are working towards and you may have several small goals on route to one goal. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, break that goal down into smaller pieces – how much will you strive to lose each week (1 1/2 – 2 lbs per week is safe). If you reach your weekly goal, how are you going to reward youself? Make start a money jar – if you reach your goal that week – put some money in the jar (amount is up to you). At the end of your journey you will have a nice little reward that you can then use to spoil youself (a new dress, some new shoes, a spa treatment). A finally you need to set a specific date for each goal.

To help you get started, download the Goal Setting Worksheet GOAL SETTING WORKSHEET.

One of the tools I have used in the past with clients, is a Personal Contract. This can be done after you have worked through your Goal Setting. Pick a few issues that you know you will need to work on. Put these down in a contract with yourself. Your contract can be anything you need it to be. The contract here is just an example of one I set up with a client a few years ago. The items were specific to what she wanted to focus on. Yours can be whatever you need it to be.

The goal of the Contract is to be specific, have a time line and then sign and date it. If need be, you can have someone else hold a copy of this Contract as well. To help you put your own Contract together, download a sample Contract Personal Contracts.

Goal setting and personal contracts, two tools to help you on your road to success. Your own personal road map. Download your copies and get started today. That summer shorts weather is not very far away.

Till next time,
“Monitoring, Mentoring, Motivation”

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