Setting good goals is an important first step in making progress. The next step is action and lots of it. Once you have goals that you are happy enough with, get started on turning the goals into a reality. Try to take immediate action instead of waiting until you go to your training session look up information online, start stretching at home or try to eat correctly leading up to the session. This means that by the time you have gone to your first session you already have questions in mind and are better prepared. This allows you to get more out of the session, helps you get more out of your trainer and leads to greater progress towards your goals.
A common problem that holds people back from achieving their goals is that they wait on perfection. They don’t train because they are still sore, tired or busy. The issue with this is that each one of these problems could be anticipated, avoided or worked through. The true issue that people are encountering in this instance is that they are externalising the issue. Of course external factors have an effect but they do not prevent you from working towards your goal they slow progress but do not halt it. What actually prevents continual progress is people losing their own internal motivation when external factors make it more difficult than they had anticipated to progress.
The first step in managing this issue is being aware of the problems that arise when you fail to take accountability for your actions when faced with adversity . The next step is anticipating problems and dealing with them in advance, this might mean having a contingency workout that you do when you are very busy which help you to maintain what you have already achieved. With most problems you are not the first person to encounter them. Find a source of information that you trust and get the answers you need; when doing so you should be aware of the trainer/writer’s motivations, educational background and experience.
To help maintain your own internal motivation psychologist often promote positive self-talk. This is a way of creating a positive internal dialogue. Instead of accepting any negative thought that comes into your head challenge it. If the thought has no factual basis dismiss it. If it has grains of truth re-frame it in a positive light as an area that you can improve on. It is remarkable how much of an impact small changes can have on the end result. Improving your mentality towards problems can help a huge amount.
When taking on any goal there is a healthy balance between action and planning. If you encounter an issue with actioning your goal you normally need to take a step back and look at you planning. Ultimately it is you who are responsible for achieving your goals and you need to take control of your goals. Don’t wait on perfection instead strive for it!