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5 Steps to Owning Your Goal

We created this section of the website to provide information, resources and tools for all things fitness related. We’re trainers first, so helping people live healthy, fit lives is and always will be the Dirty South Fit mission. It seemed appropriate then that the first post reflect the first question we ask any of our clients: What are your goals?


We can talk all day about making goals that are measurable, attainable, timely and all that noise. But you’re no dummy; you already know this. Instead, this is your 5 step plan to turning your goal in to a reality.


  1. You gotta want it.

Check out any fitness program from Crossfit to P90x to Spin to Orange Theory and you’re gonna see remarkable success stories - people that made huge transformations in their body composition and performance. Since these fitness routines have little in common from a programming perspective, how are these people able to make such similar transformations? What common trait do these people share?

They freaking want it. They want it more than they want to be comfortable. They want it more than they want that donut.

If you have any hope of hitting your goal, you gotta want it, too. You gotta want it more than your trainer wants it for you. You gotta want it more than you want to quit. Only then can success happen.


  1. Write it down.

Let me reemphasize that. Write that ish down! Write it on a post-it note and put it next to your computer. Then write it on another post-it and put it in your pantry. Then another in your fridge, and your wallet and your bathroom mirror. Put them anywhere you’re gonna see them every day. Keep your goal front-of-mind.

There are gonna be challenges. There will be days when you don’t want to workout or days that eating that piece of garbage doesn’t seem all that bad. Having these notes around is a constant reminder to stay focused and to stay on track.


  1. Tell somebody.

Workout buddies don’t exist so you can have somebody to chat with between sets. They keep you honest and accountable. They provide the voice that says “get your ass up” when your ass decidedly doesn’t want to get up. And you do the same for them.

Telling people your goal is like having a workout buddy. They’ll keep you motivated. They’ll keep you honest. And they’ll make sure you get the job done.


  1. Learn the difference between “I can’t,” “I don’t want to,” and “I don’t know how.”

Unless we’re talking about lifting this car over your head, “I can’t” really just means either “I don’t want to” or “I don’t know how.” Since this is something you want, you wrote down and you told someone about, you can just go on and get that “I can’t” nonsense outta your vocabulary.

So, really you just gotta know the difference between “I don’t want to” and “I don’t know how.” If the answer is ever “I don’t want to,” son, you better start back at point number 1 and pick a goal you care about.

If you ever “don’t know how,” find a certified trainer, find someone who’s done it before, check out the nearly infinite resources on YouTube, ask someone at your gym, Google that junk. Whatever it takes, don’t let not knowing how to do something ever stop you from hitting your goal.


  1. Stick with it.

This is probably the most important point and the one I see people fail to accomplish more than any other. And that’s because this is the hard one. Nothing worth having comes easy. It takes effort, energy and time, every damn day. If you’ve done everything above, then you have all the tools you need to be successful. Don’t give up. Overcome. Make it happen.


Kevin Snodgrass