I was watching the news early this morning and they were talking to the CEO of Fitness First and discussing how gym membership increases at this time of year yet they struggle to keep retention at the same rate throughout the year.
New years resolutions are a great idea in theory and a big part of why they fall to the wayside is because they are unplanned. Many of us have these intentions and rush out to renew or take out a new gym membership without really taking the time to think about what it is we want from it and how we’re going to achieve our goal. Now I know that you rely on the gym staff to play a big part in that, however, how much help do you really get.
The CEO was talking about how they have changed their contracts to allow more flexibility and not tie people in as much as they used to and they are retraining their staff to help their members make the best use of the facilities and get value for money through regular and consistent attendance. This is Fitness First looking at it’s goals, reassessing and rewriting them in order for them to achieve their goals and be successful, why should you be any different.
While Fitness First updates their goals and their plan, it will certainly help people towards achieving their goals, however, without actually sitting down yourself and going through a structured process that will allow you to:
- discover what you want to achieve
- what’s important about that for you
- what will you have to do differently
- what will you have to give up
- what will it give you
- create a step by step plan of short terms goals that will give you constant encouragement that you’re on the right path
This will keep you motivated as will having a visualisation in your mind of what it is you want to achieve and practicing this visualisation every day and each time you practice it will add in more detail. Over time this will develop into a deep set image that is burnt into your mind and builds an emotional connection with the end result, because as you achieve your short term goals, you can tick them off your goals sheet that you will have already created and also mentally tick them off.
In the Free Stuff tab under the photo at the top of my blog, you will find a free ‘Setting Effective Goals’ pdf that is available until the end of this weekend, after that it will be replaced with other things to help you. Grab a copy now and read through a couple of times before you get stuck in and put it into practice. It is detailed and in-depth and will enable you to create some incredible goals that will have deep meaning for you, huge value and that will stretch your comfort zone outwards, and all this will massively boost your confidence and self-belief.
If you get stuck you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange a Skype coaching session to get you up and running.
Have fun with it and enjoy creating your future with a purpose.