How To Reach Your Fitness Goals Using the Power of Imagination

by Suzanne Hiscock
I’ve got a BIG question for you today. Before I ask it, I want you to fire up your imagination. 

One year from now, if you had an AMAZING year and were all-in on your goals, how do YOU want to feel when it comes to your health and fitness?

I’m talking about your health, energy, strength, confidence ... your quality of life. 

Hold that feeling in your head and really connect with it! 

Are you holding it in your mind right now?  

Can you picture how you look and feel? 

Great!

Now … imagine you had started working toward that goal exactly ONE YEAR AGO. And also that you followed through on your commitment to yourself to make it happen.

Here’s the big question:
 
How would you feel right now? What would be different?

The answers are probably both empowering and sobering. I mean, IF ONLY, right?

There’s your fuel to make your goals happen … starting RIGHT NOW! 

You can’t change the past, but you have the choice to create a different future. 

Do you want your NEXT 12 months to look different than the last 12? 

I know I certainly do. 

And before the naysayer voice in your head starts telling you why you can’t ...

Know this: we ALL have a list of reasons why we “CAN’T” move forward toward our goals. Here are just a few I’ve heard over the years:

→ I don’t have time
→ I haven’t been able to stick with anything in the past
→ Nothing I’ve tried has actually worked for me 
→ I can’t commit to a routine
→ I don’t have the energy
→ I’ll get exhausted and too sore 
→ I’m worried about getting hurt
→ I’m not motivated enough right now

What if instead, you came up with JUST ONE REASON why you need to make it happen? 

Something that has real meaning and power for you!

Just one!

Do you have one?   If not... Here’s a thought exercise to help you discover your reason WHY.

Discover Your Why:  Find Your Motivation to Reach Your Goals in Four Steps

 

1) Ask yourself: Why do you need to start living a healthier lifestyle? 

 
What will it mean for your everyday life? It could be because … 
 
  • You want to be able to play with your kids or grandkids.
  • You want to have more confidence.
  • You want to FEEL better. (You have brain fog, low energy, etc.)
  • You want to be able to wear the clothes in the back of your closet.
  • You have a big event coming up (wedding, reunion, etc.).
  • Your doctor told you to.
  • You want to have a more fulfilling life. 
 
You might have several answers to the question. Look for at least 2-3, and
write them down!

2) Why are those answers important to you?

 
For each answer you uncovered in question one, go deeper. Why does it REALLY matter to you?
 
  • What does being able to play with your kids mean to you?
  • What would you be able to do when you have more confidence?
  • How about wearing those clothes in the back of your closet? What will it mean to you if you can wear them again?
  • Why does the big upcoming event motivate you?
  • What health concerns do you have?
 
How would your life TRULY change if you got started TODAY and stuck with your program? 

Go deep and get personal. Take some time to write about each answer – your responses might surprise you.

3) Take a DEEP look into the future ...

 
Here’s where the magic happens! 
 
Imagine yourself 6 weeks from now, 6 months from now, and a year from now. You've been exercising and have been committed to yourself and living a healthy lifestyle for the entire time. You've made it a PRIORITY in your life. 
 
  • How is your life different 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year  from now?
  • How do you feel?
  • What are your days like? 
  • What's your energy like? 
  • How is your confidence? 
  • What are you relationships like? 
  • What are you DOING in one year that you're not able to do today? 
 
Take yourself through a day in your new, stronger, healthier, fitter body. How will it differ from today? 
 
Write it ALL down. Then read it through. It should get you EXCITED!

4) Now put it into action!

 
Now, it’s up to you to tap into the power of those feelings because they are your
true “WHY.”
 
Remind yourself at least weekly about your  “WHY” – and why it matters! 

Because you DESERVE IT. 

I KNOW you can reach your goals. You just have to believe it yourself and take that first step forward.
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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.