Making that quality decision is the first step.
The first steps to success in life will require making a quality decision no matter what your dreams or aspirations are, whether it is fat loss and targeting that excess belly fat, you will most likely never succeed in achieving any goal unless you first settle it in your heart and make that quality decision to make the change no matter what.
Once you make that quality decision no matter what area it maybe, including losing excess body fat and starting a new exercise plan geared around losing belly fat so you can have your own best fat loss journey, it will always require commitment and discipline on your behalf on a daily basis, as life is simply made up by the choices we make on a daily basis.
I remember hearing that you are where you are in life today as result of the decisions you have made yesterday and the days before yesterday.
So once you take responsibility of where you are in life and take ownership of the choices or decisions you have made which has gotten you where you are and shift from blaming others and what they have either done or not done, will you be set free to not only make those quality decisions and achieve your goals and dreams.
So how and where do you begin in making that quality decision one of the most powerful ways is through goal setting,
So what is goal setting?
Goal setting as mentioned above is very powerful and has been proven over the years to not only work but is a common practice used by the top 2-3 % of the wealthiest people in the world who have not only set goals but have spent time writing them down and go over them on a daily basis, there are many ways to set and achieve your goals one way or method is called smart goals.
SMART stands for,
· Time Bound.
Set Specific Goals
Firstly your goals must be clear and well-defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide clear direction. Make it as easy as you can to get to where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
Set Measurable Goals
Include both short and long term goals so you can measure your degree of success. For example If your goal is simply “To reduce fat loss or belly fat” this is too vague or broad, know exactly how much body fat or belly fat would you like to lose, otherwise how will you know when you have been successful say in one month’s time, how would you know if you have achieved this it needs to be specific such as in one months time I want to reduce my waist line from 82 cm to 79 cm equaling 1.5 percent reduction of body fat.
Without a way to measure your success you miss out on celebrating the successes that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.
Also, resist the urge to set goals that are way too easy. You will need to challenge yourself when measuring your goals this only happens when you take the time to think through your goals by knowing exactly what you are wanting to achieve. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you can hit the target and get the ball rolling.
These are the types of goals that require you to then “raise the bar” and will bring about the greatest personal satisfaction once you see the results of having achieved them.
Is your goal attainable? That means investigating whether the goal is really acceptable or achievable to you. If you don’t have the time, money or ability to reach a certain goal you’ll only set yourself up to fail and be miserable as a result.
For example if you want to lose a certain amount of weight in 2 weeks’ time but have not really made that quality decision as yet or you don’t quite have the motivation or self-control to say no to that extra donut, then you’ll be setting yourself up for failure and become more miserable and go into an eating binge.
So be realistic but then also as you progress and gain some momentum step out and aim for the stars.
Set Relevant Goals
Set goals that are going to be relevant to the direction you want your life to turn out or are heading in. By keeping your goals aligned this way, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Setting vague and general scattered goals will only waste your valuable time and will not drive or motivate you and your time.
Set Time-Bound Goals
You goals must have a deadline or time limit. This means that you know when you can achieve your goal and celebrate your success. When you are working to a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.
Set Goals in Writing
This is where the rubber hits the road, this is where the 2-3 % of the wealthiest people in the world say that the physical act of writing down your goals makes it real and tangible.
You have no excuse for forgetting about it as it will be right in front of you staring at you spurring you on. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.”
For example, “I will reduce my waist size by 4 percent in 6 months time,” not “I would like to reduce my waist size by 4 percent this year.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself reducing your waist and fitting into your new clothes.
Share your goals with others
The next powerful thing you can do after you have made the quality decision and have set your smart goals is to tell a couple of close friends or family members that you trust and know will encourage you in achieving your goals.
As you get excited about achieving your goals others will also get involved and spur you on, if they are good friends they will want the best for you especially as you start to get results and achieve some of your short term goals on your way to long term ones.
Start your own best fat loss journey
The first step to success in achieving your own best fat loss journey is to take some type of action even small steps, start where you can and gain momentum from your successes and build upon them, don’t procrastinate and say I will start tomorrow or after this weekend, but start today and start where you can and achieve the results you want.