Over the last 18 years in the fitness industry, I have worked with 1000s of people. What’s the one thing they all have in common? They all have goals. Setting a realistic goal is just as important as accomplishing that goal. It’s common for us to toss out a goal and say this is what I want to do. It’s also not uncommon for us to put a great deal of thought into our goal setting. What I want to shed some light on is the process of accomplishing that goal, the journey you are about to embark on.
When setting a goal, we need to assess a realistic time frame for the goal or goals we are wanting to accomplish. The first goal we all think about is weight loss or getting toned. We also think about a strength increase or a specific movement we want to be able to do. How long should this take? There is a different answer for each and every one of us.
Let’s say our goal is the push-up. First we need to understand where we are at currently. We could even find a method to test our push-up. Next we need to see how much time we can set aside each day or each week to work on the push-up. This step is very important because I feel this is the step that causes the most issues. We set a goal and don’t think of the commitment needed to accomplish it. If we don’t have enough time in our day or week to work on our push-ups, how are we going to get there? We can ask this question about all of our goals in the gym and outside of the gym. This takes us back to setting an appropriate goal that fits our time and commitment level. Once you have worked out the details, now it’s time to put the plan in action. Consistency, effort and commitment will be needed to take you to the next level.
The point I am trying to make, is set a goal that fits your life. It doesn’t mean you can only have one goal. It doesn’t mean it has to be the most important goal. Allow your goal(s) to match where you are at and allow them to evolve as you do. Continue to put a lot of thought into your goals. Each goal accomplished is a building block and even a stepping stone to complete future goals. I hope all of this helps you in your goal setting.
Best of Luck
Lyman Hiter III