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Why Measuring Your Progress Helps You Achieve Your Goal Faster

July 27, 2016
Measure your Progress and achieve your goals faster

I’m feeling pumped and over the moon today and I would love to tell you why. My husband and I just had our P.T. test and both smashed our previous results with P.B.’s in all areas.  I even held a plank for 8:03 minutes!!!

How did we do it?  Our P.T. Nikki, plans our sessions,  we turn up and work hard twice a week with her and then we ultimately work towards and achieve our goal.

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Mike and I take two personal training sessions per week.  When we first started our Personal Trainer ‘tested’ us and talked about what our goals were.  The testing involved taking our measurements and then performing certain exercises with as many reps as we could within the time frame.

Every twelve weeks we are re-tested and try to improve on our previous results.

But your goal might not be fitness…….

Do you have a goal you are working towards in your life but just can’t seem to achieve it?   

Be proud of your achievement

Perhaps it is because you are trying to achieve too much too soon rather than taking a measured approach.

Instead of trying to achieve your goal overnight you need to make a plan and work steadily towards the end point.

When you are working towards a goal in life no matter what it is, you need to be able to measure your progress.

There is no point is saying ‘I’m going to climb Mt Everest’ without training for it or wanting to buy a house without working out a savings plan.

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Put in place strategies to measure your progress keeps you motivated and on track.  You can see quickly where you may have fallen off and can reset yourself to keep moving forward.

Having a plan to check progress also helps to avoid becoming overwhelmed with the big picture.  You can take smaller, manageable steps to achieve the main goal.

Making targets to work towards that are achievable and measurable is vital to getting to your goal.

Ticking off each step of progress or marker, increases your enthusiasm.  You want to keep going ticking off each marker until YOU ARE THERE AND HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR GOAL.

My friend, Debbie from Debbie In Shape has some great tips for planning and she has a free email course which I have taken to help you get started.  You can find out more by clicking here to join her Facebook page Planning with Debbie

So make a plan, set targets along the way to measure your progress and you will soon be achieving that goal!


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  • Reply Rosemond July 29, 2016 at 05:25

    Congrats! Over 8 minutes in a plank is rockstar material! I also go to a trainer 2 x a week, I’m going to suggest that he begin to measure goals over 12 weeks, I do think that would help me out immensely to stay on track and give me a specific measurement. Great post, sharing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:52

      Thanks Rosemond. I do like the testing or rather I should say the idea of testing – sometimes I’m not in the mood on testing day! It does help you to work towards your goal and encourages you to keep going when you see what progress you are making. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Linda Hobden July 29, 2016 at 05:46

    Holding the plank for 8 minutes – wow! That’s impressive. ? Great tips to keep the momentum up … thank you ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:53

      Thanks Linda the only problem is next time I do testing I have to try to beat that time!!! LOL:)

  • Reply Christina July 29, 2016 at 08:15

    Holy cow I am so impressed!! 8 minute plank. You have inspired me to see how long I can do it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:54

      Go for it Christina you can build up to it. Actually it has a lot to do with your mind and some days your mind just says you can’t do it. Other days you feel strong and on that day I was lucky I did.

  • Reply Molly Stevens July 29, 2016 at 09:16

    Wow! I am impressed with your physical fitness. I used to set goals and I think I’ve gotten looser about them as I’ve aged. I have ideas in mind that I want to achieve and sometimes I write them down, but I’ve fallen short on breaking them down into specific steps and targets. I think right now my biggest goal is to retire! Then I’ll start making goals like never before!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:57

      Thanks Molly! I realise that isn’t everyone’s thing but I’ve come to love it and find it really helps to reduce stress. I think you should start planning for retirement now. When I retired I didn’t really have a plan and suddenly felt lost. So at least think about your goals before you actually retire and then go for it!

  • Reply Leanne July 29, 2016 at 11:40

    wow look at those arm muscles! and an 8 minute plank!!! You are like the Chuck Norris of midlifers 🙂 But you are so right – you don’t get there overnight, you get there by increments and by setting small goals that lead to your big goal – you are such a great example to us of this Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:59

      Oh thanks Leanne – not sure about Chuck Norris though 🙂 It makes me feel great when people see me as a positive example so thank you for your kind words. xx

  • Reply Silly Mummy July 30, 2016 at 10:14

    Well done! & great advice – it is so important to have a plan and be able to maintain motivation to reach goals.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 31, 2016 at 12:48

      Thanks! I suppose I’m a goal driven person so I enjoy measuring my progress it keeps me going.

  • Reply Wendy August 6, 2016 at 05:07

    Wow, congratulations, Sue! And look at your arms!! I need to remember this advice for achieving my goals. I have a horrible tendency to set a big goal and expect to achieve it magically and overnight, then wonder why I grow discouraged. Baby steps, with a plan, and small goals….why can’t I get that through my head?? 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 6, 2016 at 09:03

      I’ve learned to break up my goals into manageable steps so I feel like I’m achieving. It keeps me motivated!

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