What Successful People Do to Reach Their Fitness Goals

Do you ever wonder how some people seem to really make it in life? They seem to hit every goal, they’re successful, and it almost seems like reaching their fitness goals comes naturally to them. Well, the thing is most successful bodybuilders or people with an extreme physique are not just genetically gifted and lucky. In fact, there goes a lot of planning behind putting in the hard work in the gym and with their diet. If you want to reach your fitness goals, you have some more planning to do beyond just saying “I want to do x”. Here are some of the steps you might not think of that people who are successful in fitness do. 

Set Meaningful Goals
The first step that successful people do is set a goal that means something to them. For a bodybuilder, that probably means hitting a certain body fat percentage, achieving a certain style of physique, or hitting a specific weight. Those would be meaningful goals for that person, however hitting a new mile run record, while fitness related, is probably something that means little to them. If you set goals that don’t align with your ideal lifestyle, you will likely end up abandoning them. So set goals that mean something to you and that work towards the ideal version of you or your lifestyle. 
Write It Down!
When you put something in writing, it is more likely to happen. In fact, people who write down their goals are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to be successful. It’s best to be specific when writing down your goal. Being specific helps to paint a more vivid picture in your mind of how that goal looks like being done and being achieved.  For example, saying “I want to grow my back” is not really that specific. But saying “I want to gain 10 lbs. and add 4 inches of width to my back in 16 weeks by doing x number of back days per week and keeping my nutrition in check” is a lot more specific and makes the goal seem much more attainable. 
Set Up a Plan
This piggy backs off the write it down tip that successful people use. When thinking about your goals create a plan on how to achieve them. For example, if your goal is to go to the gym certain number of days per week, be specific on what days you’re going, what time do you plan on going, and what you’re going to do in the gym when you get there. In general, it’s best to stick to the same plan diet and exercise for a few weeks before switching things up. If you switch up your plan to often, you’ll have a hard time adjusting and committing to the frequently change in plans. 
Set Measurable and Timely Goals 
When creating a plan, you should also set benchmarks for yourself. These benchmarks should be something that can be measured. For example, if your goal is to cut 10 pounds, for the next five weeks you should plan to lose 2 pounds per week or whatever pace do you think is achievable for you with your plan. At the end of each week, you’ll be able to see how much is that goal You accomplished. A trick that successful people used to achieve their goals is to set mini goals along the way. These many goals service benchmarks for the long-term major goals. For example, if you want to compete in a Bodybuilding competition you should have many goals along the way Which build on your main goal. Possible mini goals that you can say it could be reaching a certain body fat percentage, committing to your nutrition 80% of the time or more. 
Track Your Performance
Most successful people who have reached their goals or are continuing to reach their goals have some type of way to document and track their performance. This could be as simple as keeping a workout log of how many reps and sets seated for different exercises. It could be just tracking your weight and seeing a trend. Or it can even be as simple as just checking out how many days a week you have committed to going to the gym or how many days a week you committed to your nutrition and things like that. Tracking your performance is a great way especially visually to see if you’re on the right path and doing the right things working towards your goal. 
Seek Expert Advice
Don’t be afraid to seek expert advice If you’ve plateaued in your progress or have had a hard time adhering to your goals, reaching out to someone else for advice, motivation, or information is always a good idea. It’s especially helpful if you’re reaching out to someone who has accomplished this goal that you have or a similar one. For example, if you’ve reached a point in your workouts where are you feel you’re not making as much progress it might be a good idea to reach out to someone who has either competed, perhaps a personal trainer, or someone that you look up to at the gym. They can help you with their first-hand experience and knowledge on the topic. Another benefit to this is by reaching out to someone else and telling them your goals help someone else keep you accountable. Chances are that in a couple weeks days etc. after you ask for help they will follow up with you to see what progress you’ve made. This puts a little bit of added pressure on you to keep working towards your goals. 
Be Flexible with Your Goals
Successful people are flexible with their goals and adapt to changes internal and external very quickly. For example, if you experience in injury which may setback your training, some people take it easy in the gym even if they committed to going five days a week. Perhaps for the next two weeks they take that time off to recover. And if they’re not fully recovered at that point, I often see that they work out other parts of their body that have not been affected by the injury. They don’t let the injury hold them back from reaching their goals entirely, they adapt and overcome. Being flexible with your goals ensures that you don’t completely abandon your goals. 
Carefully Plan Your Rewards
Successful people often have a reward system in place for when they reach minor or short-term goals along the way before reaching their final long-term goal. However, they do this very carefully. They don’t let these rewards set them back in anyway or D rail their progress. If a goal of yours was to adhere to a very strict nutrition program, for a set period, perhaps 16 weeks, if they reached at 16 weeks and at that point to allow themselves to have a cheat meal, they are careful to not overdo it. They are careful to keep their cheat meal from entering a full out cheat day. While a cheat day might not derail 16 weeks’ worth progress, it could lead to a cheat week. That is why they’re careful when setting rewards for their mini goals. Overall, successful people always have a plan to reach their goals. They aren’t born lucky, and things don’t just fall into their lap. They plan out their success and then put in the hard work to get their goals done. If you want to be successful in reaching your fitness goals some of these tricks that they use might be beneficial to you.