Once you’ve identified your barriers, it’s important to set S.M.A.R.T goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Specific: don’t focus on weight or looks. Instead, set a “result” goal that’s very clear, like “I want to go up 5 flights of stairs” or “I want to run a half marathon.” These are clear, specific goals with a purpose.
Measurable: The importance of measurable goals like the examples above is that you can measure progress. You’re going up more and more stairs towards your goal. You’re running half a mile farther, etc. Seeing progress is motivating.
Attainable: Set goals that are just at the edge of your reach based on your current fitness level. Challenge yourself, but don’t make the challenge so overwhelming that it’s easy to justify quitting.
Realistic: Know what’s holding you back. Understand your own personal challenges and work with that. There’s no shame in having limitations, we all do. What’s important is that you work with what you have to achieve your personal goals.
Timely: Have a timeframe. Set a date for that goal. “Eventually” or “soon” are motivation killers. Deadlines are energizing.