The New Rules of Goal Setting

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The New Rules of Goal Setting

The best way to fulfill your 2014 fitness resolutions may be to not set them in the first place.
“We’re taught to set a goal by assessing what we want and then making it specific and measurable [in terms of] time,” says Grasso. “But it’s built off this pretense that we control time.” If you’re being pragmatic about it, you don’t know how long it’s going to take to lose 25 pounds—not when you factor in all the curveballs life can throw you, most of which Grasso says aren’t your fault and are out of your hands. If we don’t achieve our goal in the time we’re allotted, we associate that with a fail, Grasso says. Rather than hang your hopes on a specific end date, detach from the outcome completely. For instance, a guy looking to lose weight could set a goal to merely be physically active every day. Start by taking a walk. Later on, you’ll find yourself jogging, or climbing trees, of lifting weights. “It becomes contagious,” says Grasso. “If you try to quantify it— what exercise, when, how much—you lose it. If you detach from that, you’ll find your way naturally.”

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