Fitness Vision

Fitness Vision

What's your fitness vision? History is filled with examples of visions that have become reality. JFK had a vision to put a man on the moon; Martin Luther King had a vision to end segregation; and 500 years after the fact, the vision of Michelangelo can still be seen today in the frescos that majestically adorn the Sistine Chapel. Dreams become visions…visions become goals….and goals can become reality if we act. This is the path we need to take to our health & fitness goals if we truly want to succeed.

This may sound overly simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. What’s your dream? What do you really want? Are you taking any steps towards achieving it? Let’s say you want to lose weight before your summer vacation. Do you have a plan to get there? What’s your actual goal? Can it be defined, tracked, and measured? Is it realistic? These are the points where many of us shy away because it’s hard to face reality, and thinking about change. But these habit changes are necessary if we truly want to get where we want to be.

A few years ago, I took a class where the teacher’s first assignment was this: Write down your life mission statement. Whoa….talk about re-calibrating your perspective. It forced me to mentally sift through all of the meaningless details in life to get to what really mattered to me, and then figure out where I wanted to be. How many things in your life are clouding what really matters? Take a minute to write down what you really want to accomplish with your health or fitness goals and be specific. Here are some examples of how to narrow down a broad vision to a specific goal:

  • ”Lose weight”:
    Lose 10 pounds & get BMI under 25.
  • ”Eat Right”:
    Eat less than what I burn – start food log and exercise log.
  • ”Tone upper Body”:
    Start morning exercise routine – post plan on closet door today.
  • ”Start walking”:
    Call a friend today and make walking dates for Mon, Wed, & Fri.
  • ”Run a marathon”:
    Run the Philadelphia Marathon – register on-line now.

Take the first step, no matter how small, right now. The steps will get easier and progress will result from weeks and months of these small steps. Take your goal and write it down, share it with others, and if you fall short…get back on your feet and try, try again. The difference between the dreams and success stories is action…not earth-shattering leaps…just small steps of continuous action. If you want to succeed, picture yourself training for your goal; meeting your goal; and then go out and take the steps to make it a reality. Put your workout clothes out at the foot of your bed for your morning workout…pack a healthy lunch…put a note-to-self on the cookie jar…these are actions that may help fulfill your fitness vision….these are the first steps to a success story. You can do it!!

You can find Fitness Vision and other motivational fitness information in the March 2007 article of The Bullhorn. You can sign up for this free monthly e-zine below.

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