Goal setting with Isabelle Cornish

24 February 2020 Isabelle Cornish
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Isabelle Cornish, actress, blogger and FIAFitnation Personal Training student shares her personal tips on goal setting and (keeping them).

There are a few ways I can define myself. One is the Isabelle I may be known as in the world, the other is the Isabelle I know. I’ll wrap them all up for you. I’m a 25-year-old, Australian actress. I was raised in the Hunter Valley on a property and am an earth child at heart. I like to geek out on all things health and wellness. I’m extremely energetic, a little crazy and a total nerd. I am incredibly passionate about positive psychology and mental health. Training and fitness is my lifestyle, my body craves movement, and I love new challenges. I am a qualified yoga teacher, eating psychology coach and currently completing study in Personal Training with FIAFitnation

My fitness story

I started working in film and television at age 16, and soon after began modelling. During these years there was a huge amount of party invites and drink offers but I craved a lifestyle to help me perform and feel my best. I then dived into health and wellness. Once I transformed my diet and started working out, I was hooked, I couldn’t believe how amazing I felt – there was no going back!

I live a very holistic lifestyle. I don’t only prioritise nutrition and movement, but I implement crucial lifestyle practices to treat the human body as a whole. A few of my other health hacks are based on spirituality, grounding, meditation, yoga and positive psychology. I am very grateful for the body and health I have.

My childhood years consisted of playing sports on the weekends. As I left school, I started running because I could do it ANYWHERE and ANYTIME, with little gear necessary. Running is my jam. I’ve run my whole life consistently but started competitive running in 2018. My other training consists of strength with HIIT and body weight resistance. I have a huge love for nature, so you will often find me running trails in the national parks of Australia.

I suffered a terrible injury in the recent past that had me off exercise for 3-6 months. I like to say it was the worst and the best thing that has ever happened to me. It taught me that I am still beautiful, strong and enough without my identity of fitness. During rehab of my injury, I became interested in further developing my knowledge about the human body and strength training.

I believe a key to staying excited and engaged in life is to keep learning. As my athletic interests increased so did my want to studying personal training. Then I found FIAFitnation. I was so excited to find a program that enables me to study entirely online!

Completing study online is the perfect fit for me. It enables me to travel, and work and race whilst still kicking my study goals.

Goal setting

Goal setting

One of the key practices I use in my life is goal setting. It is my number one in regards to self-development in work, life and fitness.

Are you tired of telling yourself you will do things and then not follow through with them? Are you ready and willing to take the necessary steps to become a better version of yourself? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you need to become a master of GOAL SETTING!

In the past, you may have set goals but failed to reach them; however, this may not be due to a lack of motivation but a lack of knowledge. I have found that there is a structure to setting goals that last. Firstly, we need to make our goals realistic, achievable and enjoyable.

Here is a simple formula I love to use for setting goals.

To do:

Take a sheet of paper and a pen and complete the following exercise. If you want to get creative I suggest making a collage or coloured ‘Goal Setting Poster’ for your fridge or bedroom!

List the following questions below and write your answers for each. When you have completed the questions, stick them in a place you can reference when needed. I like to send a copy to my iPhone for when I am on the go.

I like to keep my goals in my journal. Referencing them helps me to keep motivation, reset my intention and my WHY.

1. What do you want?

  • List exactly what you want. Be specific, the more specific you can get the better.
  • Make sure this goal is realistic and totally achievable in your given time frame.

2. Why do you want it?

  • List your reasons for wanting to reach this goal. The reasons can be physical, emotional or attached to a feeling. List exactly why.

3. Actions!

  • What are the actions you need to take and the things you need to do to reach your goal?
  • What is the date or deadline for your goal? Pick a date or time to work toward.

4. Obstacles

  • What are the obstacles you may face? Writing down the obstacles you will face gives you time to prepare what you will do in these situations. If you want, you can also list some bullet points about what you will do when you face these obstacles.

5. Reward

  • When you reach your goal, what is the outcome? This is similar to your why, but here we are getting specific.
  • When you reach the goal what will you have achieved? Is there a reward you can give yourself once you are there? This can also be the reward of accomplishment or a feeling, it does not have to be materialistic.

6. Visualisation

It’s time to visualise! Attach an emotion/ feeling and an image to your end goal.

  • Emotion: Choose an emotion you will feel when you reach the finish line. Write it down and sit with the feeling for a minute or two and give yourself a taste of what it will feel like.
  • Image: If possible, find some photographs or use your imagination and get an image in your head of the end goal.

For example, if your goal is to run 10 kilometres, make a mental image in your head of you crossing that finish line at the 10km. If your goal is to lose weight and become healthier, collect some pictures that represent how you want to look and feel. I often find the more you collect, the better. If you’re getting creative, make a mood board or a Pinterest board of your journey and all the images/feelings attached.

Don’t forget to keep your complete goal list somewhere safe! When in need pull it out and reference all your reasons why you started. I also recommend getting an accountability partner. Share or make your board with a friend or share it with your partner or parents.

I hope you enjoy this method of goal setting.

Isabelle Cornish

Isabelle Cornish is an Australian actress, blogger and FIAFitnation student. Raised in the Hunter Valley, she is a self proclaimed earth child and loves all things health and wellness. She is a qualified yoga teacher, eating psychology coach and currently completing study in Personal Training with FIAFitnation.

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