Setting A Performance Goal That Will Motivate You

What is a performance goal? How can it help you reach your personal fitness goals in training? Find out how to set one here.

What is a Performance Goal?

A performance goal is the standard that you want to reach. In other words, it's the reason why you're taking action. Some common performance goals include things like:

  • Lose weight
  • Add Muscle
  • Run a marathon in x number of minutes
  • Look and Feel Better
  • Be More Consistent
  • Maintain Your Fitness

Those are all great, common goals but, there's just a couple of things missing if we stop here. For starters, those bullet points don't actually tell you how to reach your goals do they? They could also add in plenty of detail to help us realize when we're made it to our goals.

Okay let's say we get that settled. We put a date on when we want to reach the goal. We set the amount of weight that we want to lose or we make it a range because weight fluctuates. We figure out exactly what feeling better means to us. Now what?

What we really need is an extra step called a process goal that will help get us to the thing we want to achieve.

What is a Process Goal?

A process goal is a goal that gives you something to focus on to reach your performance goals. You don't just "lose fat", there are steps you take like planning out your diet and making or buying all of the food that you'll be eating. If you can focus on the process and the journey you're taking to reach your goal, you'll likely find that you'll learn a lot more and grow in the process.

Set Three Processes to Reach Your Goal

Think about three processes that you can do each week that would help you reach your goals. 

To get you started, here are a few ideas.

For weight loss or performance:

  • Stay on track with your eating for 80% of your meals in a week.
  • Commit to exercising at least three times a week.
  • Choose foods that will help you towards your goals and won't lead to overeating.

For improving your health:

  • Take a few minutes each day to stretch, practice yoga or meditation.
  • Eat x number of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Spend a few minutes writing about something that life taught you today that you might've overlooked had you not been reflecting.

Keeping things simple on yourself by just committing to exercise can be helpful. If you get 5 minutes in that's great, you accomplished your overall goal of making it there. Checking off the boxes each day on the steps towards your goal can be very motivating. Make a done list to keep track of just how much success you're truly having.

Need help setting a goal? That's something that we'll do in your consultation. If you'd like to set one up, take the first step to your fitness goals by filling out the contact form below.

Steven Mack is founder and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the private training studio, Simple Solutions Fitness. He consults for Stronger by Science, a leader in fitness research dissemination, and is a former Mizzou football walk-on. Steven dedicates his professional life to helping people through his writing, speaking, and role as a personal trainer.