Step 2:Measure your goal
To pursue your goal, it's important to be able to quantify it so that you can measure it. You need to come up with a method for measuring your results. There are a number of ways you can do this.
If your goal is about losing weight or bulking up, you can weigh yourself and use that as a reference point. Weighing yourself isn't always very representative of what you do when you're weight training, though. But if you can use your scales to measure body fat percentage and muscle mass percentage, then it will allow you to check if your weight loss is linked to a loss of fat and not to a loss of fluids or muscle. Alternatively, if you want to bulk up, it can help you achieve the right ratio of muscle gain to fat gain.
Using "before and after" photos can also be a good way of comparing any changes in your physique. You need to make sure you adopt the same pose, though, and make sure the lighting is the same and that you're even wearing the same clothes because this can all make a big difference.
Here's an example: On day 1 you take a photo of yourself from behind, with your pelvis in a neutral position, wearing low-waisted pants and in dim light.
For your next photo a month later, you arch your pelvis and push your backside out, making it look as if you've been working on your glutes. You're also wearing high-waisted pants that make your waist look narrower and your glutes bigger, while the bright lighting conceals your cellulite. It might look great but the reality is that you haven't really changed much, apart from your ability to pose for the camera ^^.
Another thing you can do is measure yourself with a tape.
Note down your measurements (chest, waist, hips, thighs, arms, etc) and compare them month after month.
You can also measure your performances from session to session (e.g. the number of kgs you can bench press or how fast you can sprint).
Always keep a figure in mind for your goal. It can be an indicator of your progress and can help you visualise the before and after.