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By Craig Ballantyne
So many people battle with ways to lose fat, but this doesn’t have to be difficult. The single most important part of the process is setting goals. Setting short-term and long-term goals may increase your odds of success. Not only will setting goals keep you on the right track, but it also provides an end point to your program.
A goal is defined as a, “written, specific, personally meaningful, and challenging statement of intent, which has a measurable outcome and a completion date”. Your goals must give a distinct target or end-point to work towards that must also be easy to measure and specific. Without these you’ll never know if you have achieved the goal. You can’t just say lose weight or gain energy.
Make the target very clear and specific. Sit down for 15 minutes and work through 3 short-term and three long-term goals’ minimum, but don’t be afraid to do more. You must also be honest and realistic with a self-evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses so that you can set appropriate and challenging goals.
Also, you must be honest with your process as you move towards a goal. If the goal is too hard or too easy, you can adjust it. If it is easily accomplished, reset for a higher standard. It is okay to adjust the goal based on your feedback and learning. By having a deadline or time-line for your goal, you are able to examine your progress and re-visit the feasibility of the goal.
COMMIT your goals to paper
REVIEW YOUR GOALS on a regular basis, Make your list of goals accessible, so that you can review it regularly. Frequent reminders will help keep you on track.
BE SPECIFIC set the goal to exactly what you want to achieve.
BE REALISTIC begin by setting small, attainable goals in order that they will propel you into future success. For example, set a simple goal that you will avoid excess food at a party this weekend. Set another goal as simple as having a great workout tomorrow.
FOCUS ON THE SHORT-TERM GOALS as short-term changes in behavior will help you reach long-term goals. Set small goals to get the ball rolling, and success will breed success.
AS YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL return to your list and update the entire set of goals.
At this time, I want you to pledge your full commitment to the program. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself to the following goals:
List 3 short-term goals:
List 3 long-term goals:
Also plan your turbulence training workouts so that you get it done in less than 45 minutes. Your body’s metabolism will be so revved up that you will still be burning tons of fat and calories all day long. Once you understand that everything you do each day takes you either closer to or farther from your goals, then and only then will you be on the fast track to success.
[Ed. Note: Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health and Oxygen magazines. His Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program has helped both men and women with weight loss and fat burning. For workouts that will melt belly fat, check out Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training Program.]