Your Ultimate Goal
The last section on setting goals should give you an idea of the sort of thing you need to think about when building your plan and setting your short-term goals and milestones. First of all, you need to write down your ultimate goal. Once you have done this, you need to ask yourself whether this is realistic. This does not mean, "Can I achieve this right now?" (as this would mean it was not a long-term ultimate goal), but you do need to question whether your goal will be physically possible for you.
For example, the long-term aim to run a marathon is an excellent ultimate goal. But aiming to run a marathon in under three hours is not going to be achievable for most people.
If your goal is to lose dress sizes then make sure it is attainable - a UK size 8 may not be an achievable goal for anyone with a large frame.
On the other hand, while it is important to be realistic, it is equally important not to underestimate yourself. Human beings are marvellous creatures with the ability to do remarkable things. Have confidence in your ability.
Example Long Term Goals
- Lose a dress size
- Lose Weight
- Get Fit
- Swim 40 lengths 3 times a week
- Run a marathon
- Run 4 times a week
- Do a triathlon