Have you ever noticed how some goals make you feel like you’re at the mercy of outside forces (like the scale or how your clothes fit?)

… while other goals put you firmly in the driver’s seat?

I don’t know about you, but I like to be in charge of my goals and whether or not I achieve them. 

It looks like this:

You can’t directly CONTROL the end result. For example, you can’t actually control “losing 20 pounds” … even if you wanted to. 

But what you CAN control is the actions you need to take to make it happen – like adjusting your nutrition and changing your workouts (among other things). 

Creating ACTION-based goals are not only great for your confidence and building momentum, but they will also give you hyper-clear benchmarks for success!

Basically, if you just DO what you set out to do, you win.

As a side effect, they also help you reach any aesthetic goals you might have for yourself. (Like losing that 20 pounds or fitting into those goal jeans!)

You can set ACTION-based goals based on:

  • Eating balanced, healthy, portion-controlled meals for 90% of your meals
  • Getting in x # of quality, programmed workouts a week
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours a night
  • Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day

To make it fun, you can motivate yourself with rewards along the way – like a new workout outfit, getting a massage, taking a day trip, getting a new activity tracker, etc.

This works – and builds confidence – because you have control over your ACTIONS and can see (and feel) a direct result from what you do. 

The more you take intentional action, the better you feel … and that’s a win-win!

Take a look at one of the goals you have set for yourself. Can you turn that into a tangible action-based goal to help you get there?

Write it down and get it in your calendar!

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The list goes on and on!

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Your new favorite cookie recipe

Your new favorite cookie recipe

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Setting realistic goals

Setting realistic goals

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Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Ever eaten at a gourmet sandwich shop and tried something new … and was BLOWN AWAY by the deliciousness?!Well, I’ve got a recipe for you today that’s based on one of those sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it. It’s crunchy (the toasted bread) … creamy (the avocado & hummus) … and tangy (the sauerkraut).

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Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training.

He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.