Last week we spoke about committing to making 2018 your best year yet for you and your friends by taking care of your health and fitness. This week we’d like to take that first step using one of the most under-utilised tools in fitness: GOAL SETTING.
In order for us to achieve anything in life, we need to decide on something to spend our time trying to master. Why wouldn’t we make our goal mastering our Mind and our Body? We can use the lessons we learn from the process of developing our physical health and fitness to develop our minds and in doing so, CREATE THE LIFE WE WANT.
Socrates provides one of the greatest quotes of all time relating to the importance of pursuing our best physical life:
“No Citizen has a right to be an Amateur in the matter of Physical Training. It is a shame for a Man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
How Do Goals Help Us Get Fit?
As humans, we are most strongly motivated when we are moving forwards towards something we really want. That something is different to each and every one of us. For me it may be feeling comfortable at the beach in summer. For someone else, it may be running their first road race.
Ultimately goals help us stay accountable and disciplined day-in and day-out as we do what we need to in order to achieve what will give us that sense of achievement. Whether we joined a gym, CrossFit box, or running club this year, we did it for a reason. Most likely, that reason was to change something about ourselves we were not satisfied with.
So let’s first define what it is we want?
How Do We Decide On a Goal?
Goals need to be something you want to see happen in your life. To make them really valuable, a goal should be something you are capable of achieving through discipline and consistent effort.
They need to be big enough to scare you a little, but be within reach. Coz we have to get you off your ass on those cold, rainy days when you just don’t want to… And let’s face it, a lot of the time… you just don’t have the motivation. So don’t rely on motivation, rely on discipline and dedication!
Now, pick a goal and write it down….on a piece of paper.
Once you have it documented, let’s chart a course on how it is you plan to get there.
Set Yourself Milestones On The Way To Your Goal
I have a client who I really want to do an obstacle course race with me in July. We aren’t going to get there by just diving into obstacle course races every week from now until then. Firstly we have some weight to shed to make running easier, and then we have to get a little stronger in order to handle all the challenges that will come our way on that fateful day!
So we can use a number of milestones to keep us accountable on our journey. Here’s how I’m planning on managing this process:
1st Mini Goal – stay committed to training CrossFit twice a week in Feb (increase this by one day a week/month)
2nd Mini Goal – cut out all sugary drinks and foods (tidy up one more aspect of the eating each month)
—as you can see, we can easily manage these first two aspects just by pitching up. We will use the accountability of each other to keep us committed to the process.
1st Mid-Term Goal – weigh in at the end of each month and see what differences we’ve made to date.
2nd Mid-Term Goal – once we hit a pre-determined weight, we’ll start getting some running into our training and gradually build that up.
Use Your Tribe as Your Guide
To close out this blog, we need to talk about the value of your “tribe”. For our goals to be successful, the need to be driven from within, they need to be intrinsic. But there’s no more powerful tool in helping us on the path to success than having sharing goals and work ethics with equally determined people.
Some days you will need their support, and on their weak days, they will need yours.
Use your box, running club, dojo, team’s energy to help you achieve a better you. We truly are the average of the people we surround ourselves with. So if you want 2018 to be a success, you need to make sure you are surrounded by people on the hunt for success. Be precious with your company, make sure they want you to succeed as bad as you do. They will help you stay on that track when it’s tough.
Set the goal.
Chart your path to achieving it.
Believe in it.
Work for it.