16 Goals of Fitness

Did you see my Kansas State Wildcats whoop Texas A&M last night in the Texas Bowl?

If you follow college football, you might have heard about K-State Coach Bill Snyder's 16 Goals for Success. If you haven't, read up on them. I guarantee they'll be every bit as relevant to your life as they are on the football field.

When it comes to your health and fitness, success is not about winning and losing like it is in sports. Success is a progression towards living out your “Why?” It’s about knocking down a series of bite-sized goals on the way to achieving bigger ones, and then setting new goals to further push the limits of what you can achieve.

Taking the lead from Snyder, I've recently come up with my own 16 Goals of Fitness, which provide a breakdown of the critical components of what your mental makeup must be in order to keep progressing through your health and fitness lifestyle.

  1. Commitment – To yourself and the process
  2. Work Hard – Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth it
  3. Perseverance – Don’t let setbacks beat you
  4. Improve – Every day is an opportunity to get better
  5. Be Tough – Mentally and physically
  6. Self-Discipline – Do it even when no one is watching
  7. Great Effort – Give your very best every time
  8. Enthusiasm – Attack your health and fitness with passion
  9. Be Positive – Negativity or fear are counter-productive
  10. Accountability – Be honest with yourself and others
  11. Don’t Accept Quitting – If you do so one time it will be easy to do so for the rest of your life
  12. No Self-Limitations – Expect more of yourself
  13. No Shortcuts – Do it right the first time, every time
  14. Consistency – Do it until it becomes who you are
  15. Challenge Yourself – Push beyond the limits of what you think you’re capable of
  16. Responsibility – You are responsible for your performance

If you follow these 16 Goals and try to live them out every day, you will be successful.

With a new year upon us, I want to remind you that it doesn't take a new year to take control of your health and fitness. But if you do make the commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2017, let this serve as a reminder to you to plan to be successful. Make a plan. Set goals. Track your progress.

The majority of New Year's resolutions fail because of unrealistic or undefined goals. If you use these 16 Goals of Fitness as the foundation by which you set your goals for 2017, you'll succeed.