Ultimate Fitness Quest Final Report: “Anatomy of a Goal, Revisited”.
Most highly successful people are very goal oriented so I wanted to set a personal goal and have readers follow my progress so they could see one in live practice. On April 4th, I launched the Ultimate Fitness Quest 30-Day Challenge where I set a goal to lose 15 pounds of body fat in thirty days. I outlined my ‘action plan’ and posted what I ate and how I exercised each day on Facebook. Several hundred people joined our group and many launched a fitness quest of their own. Over the thirty days I lost thirteen pounds and one and a half inches at my waist. I fell two pounds (and one-half inch) short of my thirty-day goal…so should I consider this a success or a failure? The answer provides a good lesson in goal setting. Too often we are too hard on ourselves when setting and measuring results of our goals and my experience is that goals often take longer than you think. I say I was successful because I made substantial progress towards my goal and I don’t intend to give up. I’ll keep going until I lose the entire fifteen pounds. In fact, my success has inspired me to go further and I plan to lose even more body fat while also focusing on gaining muscle and tone. Whatever your goal is, what is most important is that you have a clear vision of the results you want to achieve; develop and execute an action plan; monitor your progress and make adjustments as dictated by your results; and don’t give up until you reach your pre-determined destination.