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How To Create Highly Motivating Non-Physique Related Goals

by megan dahlman
February 8, 2022

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How To Create Highly Motivating Non-Physique Related Goals

Do you need some help getting motivated? You want to set some health and fitness goals for yourself, but you’re at a loss on what to work toward?

All you’ve ever known is training to lose weight or to change your body composition somehow. Let me show you how to create highly motivating personal goals that have to do with your looks.

This year is moving fast, but we’re still near the beginning when goals are being set and you're forecasting how you want this year to go.

Having goals is so important. It gives you that North Star to move toward - a dream to work for.

But some of us have been creating physique-related goals for so long that we have no idea how to set any other kind of goal for our own health and fitness:

  • Want to lean up, lose weight, look better in a certain outfit, have more muscle tone

So, today I’m going to show you how to create a highly motivating personal goal that has nothing to do with looks.

Instead of an aesthetic goal, I want you to create performance-based goals.

  • A performance-based goal is something that you can’t DO right now with your body, but you want to work hard to be able to do that in a certain amount of time.

Why this works:

  • It’s clear and concise - not an immeasurable goal like “I want to get healthier”
  • It’s actually something that you can control the outcome of:
  • Weight loss goals: You can’t really control the outcome - so many variables
  • Performance based goals: Short of an injury, you’ve got pretty good control over whether or not you’ll achieve that goal.
  • If you work at it, you’ll get it.
  • It’s easy to celebrate performance-based goals:
  • You can ALWAYS step back and say “I did that!”

The easiest way to create a performance-based goal (that’s not signing up for a marathon):

  • In every workout, select one exercise that doesn’t feel “right”...you know could use a little improvement
  • It could be push-ups, PB pikes, pistol squats or even really good planks
  • Commit to mastering that exercise for that month
  • Watch professionals and other fitness gurus that you admire perform that specific movement and study them
  • Take “before” & “after” videos of that exercise

Ideas:

  • A particular exercise that’s really hard for you right now
  • A certain amount of weight
  • A certain number of workouts every month (e.g. Alwyn Cosgrove)

In fact, this is what I do for myself to keep me motivated and moving forward.

  • I do this subconsciously. But I’ll see a movement and think, “I want to be able to do that.”
  • Pistol squats
  • Splits
  • Pull-ups
  • Handstands

Your goals do not need to be physique/body composition based. Keep yourself motivated by attempting to master and dominate movements and exercises that feel a little out of reach.  

>>I have a really great free resource that can help you work through your goals and motivations and then fit them into your schedule - creating a routine that actually works for you and gets you organized so you can work towards that goal you have for yourself. Go to createmyroutine.com to download your free worksheet.

And I want to hear what personal goals you set for yourself!

Think it through and work it out on that free resource at createmyroutine.com, and then tell me either in a DM on instagram at @megandahlman or shoot me an email at megan@vigeofit.com. I’d love to cheer you on toward your goal.

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Trainer, nutrition coach, and Christian mom — in a culture that’s obsessed with “gym-selfies” and a number on the scale, I’m passionate about helping moms discover what it feels like to actually love their bodies and thrive in them.
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