We all set goals but have you ever wondered about goals themselves and what purpose they serve? Read on to leverage 11 truths about highest performance and achievement!

1) The more difficult the goal, the greater the achievement.

If you want to achieve more, set your goals higher. People generally do not set high enough of a goal. Not everyone reaches their goals but imagine if you were to get closer to your more difficult goal vs an easier goal. At the end of the day, you’re going to achieve more by setting a more difficult goal from the beginning.

2) The more specific the goal, the more precisely performance is regulated.

If you state your goals very clearly and in detail, it’s more likely that you can control your actions to perform and get results.

3) Goals that are both specific and difficult lead to the highest performance.

4) Commitment to goals is most critical when goals are specific and difficult.

This is pretty obvious. You will need to be seriously committed to what it takes to get greater achievement.

5) High commitment to goals is attained when:

  1. Individual is convinced that the goal is important
  2. Convinced that the goal is attainable (or at least that progress can be made toward it)

I address the importance of goals in my video on why people fail here. You really need to believe that achieving your goal is possible in the first place. If you don’t, find out more information on how you can make it possible or who can help you make it possible.

6) In addition to having a direct effect on performance, self-efficacy influences

  1. The difficulty level of the goal chosen or accepted
  2. Commitment to goals
  3. Response to negative feedback or failure
  4. Choice of task strategies

This is all about your belief in your ability to succeed.

7)  Goal setting is most effective when there is feedback showing progress in relation to the goal.

I’m sure very many of you have experienced the feeling of getting discouraged when you don’t see results especially when it comes to weight loss. Be sure to have more than one way to track your progress beyond just the scale! Learn 7 ways to track your progress here. Keep in mind that strong lean athletic bodies typically are classified as borderline overweight!

8) Goals affect performance by affecting the direction of action, the degree of effort exerted, and the persistence of action over time.

This is a great reason and benefit to having goals vs not having any.

9) A) Goals stimulate planning in general. Often the planning quality is higher than that which occurs without goals

B) When people possess task or goal-relevant plans as a result of experience or training, they activate them virtually automatically when confronted with a performance goal

C) Newly learned plans or strategies are most likely to be utilized under the stimulus of a specific, difficult goal

You should always be learning, get training, and experience if you want to perform better and achieve more difficult goals.

10) When people strive for goals on complex tasks, they are least effective in discovering suitable task strategies if A) they have no prior experience or training on the task B) there is pressure to perform well C) there is high time pressure to perform well immediately

If you have absolutely no experience with your goal, get someone to help you. And don’t wait until last minute. Do it today!

11) Goals serve as standards of self-satisfaction, with harder goals demanding higher accomplishment in order to attain self-satisfaction than easy goals.
Some of these insights on goals are very basic but it really makes a difference if you internalize it and apply it!

Check out the video version of this article and get inspired to reach your 2017 fitness goals by clicking on this video here.