Goals are one of the most important things in life. In my opinion one cannot live without goals, as life is all about setting goals and doing your very best to materialise them. In all aspects of life we have goals. We can even set goals subconsciously in all aspects of life. Be it relationships, family, life, health, fitness etc.
Without goals there is no reason and there is no life let alone energy and focus for improvement in reaching goals. In fitness, goals are simply important especially to be consistent. To be consistent in fitness goals, one should be consistent. Through my experience into fitness and every day meeting people from all walks of life I can say that goals vary from one individual to another. Although goals vary from individuals to another there are always common goals.
What I am going to explain here is what in my opinion really keeps someone going and be consistent into fitness. This is what I was doing these last 10 years and I am still doing this.
I like to split goals in two types of goals, short term goals and long term goals. I always create a roadmap for 1 year (long term goal) then a 3 months goal (short term goals) monthly (shorter) and weekly (even shorter).
As you may already guess the one year goal would be to improve my fitness level and after consulting with some friends of mine in my same industry I set clear and realistic goal that I have to reach by end of year.
The 3 months goal would be to follow a 3 months planned and structured nutrition and training plan along with cheat meals and rest days. The monthly goal is basically a part of the 3 months goal and the 1 week goal is a part of the one week goal.
Just keep it simple.