In parts one and two of this series, I looked at setting a realistic goal and allocating a realistic amount of time per week to fitness. In the final part of this series, I discuss the realistic time frame to achieve the goals you’ve set.

3.) Find out what is a realistic time frame to achieve your goal & be accountable to it both ways. 

If your new business requires a piece of code writing I’m guessing that you will speak to the tech guys and find out if they have carried out similar work and if so how long did it take them. So why would you not do that with you new fitness goal? DO YOUR RESEARCH, there is enough of it out there, I mean the internet is full of people’s stories of success, failure and everything in between.

How long does it take to reduce 2 dress sizes or cut your waistline in half. FIND OUT! Now take this with a pinch of salt and understand that what works for one person may not work for another, but if you can find 10 people who achieved the same thing from a similar start point you should get a fairly good idea whether or not you’re looking at weeks, months or years.

“I haven’t exercised since I left school(in 1999), I have eaten Doritos every day and I’m going to get my high school body back in 2 weeks”

O.K. – If you know that your goal is achievable in 6 months it will not be a surprise when you haven’t achieved it in 6 days. Once you have realized what is realistic you can stop hoping and start knowing. I still see people hoping that 1 hour of intense exercise will transform 20 years of abuse purely because they haven’t been bothered to do a little digging. If you nail this one you will have taken a massive step in building a highly productive programme and thereby getting the success you desire.

So that wraps up my 3 steps that allow you to start building a strategy. You will notice that we haven’t even spoken one word about types of exercise or foods to eat yet. So just think when you’ve planned in the past what is the first thing you’ve decided on. Probably the type of exercise you are going to do. Enough said.

There is enough outline here to allow you to start building a great programme, however if you want to take it further check out our products and services where we can walk you through these steps and more besides.

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