Do you show up to the gym regularly?

If you do, do you know why you show up?

Do you have a reason for coming?

What are you trying to improve? What are you trying to achieve?

Do you have the answers to these questions? If not… how will you be able to measure your success?

Goals provide answers to those questions and your reason for showing up to the gym. They are your road map on your trip success. Goals give you a destination and if done properly give you an itinerary for the trip. Goals also dig deep into the reason why you’ve decided to embark on this trip in the first place. If you haven’t taken an hour to sit down and think about your goals and what you want to achieve out of your trips to the gym, then you are just doing the equivalent of running in the hamster wheel. All effort and no progress usually leads you to frustration which turns into a lack luster effort when you do show up at the gym if you even show up at all.

Even worse than no goal at all is the small, easily achievable goals that once achieved is not built on or redirected towards bigger and better achievements. Ultimately if a small goal achieved is not redirected then the back slide begins and sometimes takes you even further back than when you originally started. I cannot tell you the number of times that I’ve listened to someone tell me they joined a weight loss program to lose 20 lbs. and they were successful as they sit in my office, 30 lbs. heavier than when they joined that program.

The harsh truth is that if you set a goal to lose 20 lbs. and you gain that weight back after you lose it, you’ve FAILED your goal. The goal clearly wasn’t to lose the weight and gain it back, yet that happened because the goal wasn’t to achieve AND THEN maintain a weight.

Take a second and think about what you want to achieve this year.

  • Do you have that goal written down?
  • Is it big enough?
  • Is it measurable?

For example, I want to get healthy is NOT a goal. There is no measure to that goal, it is way too broad. You need to know exactly what constitutes getting healthy for example: My goal is to finish 2016 healthier than I started it, I will achieve this by drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day, limiting eating fast food to 2x a month, limiting soda to 2x a week, going to KORE 3x a week for strength class, going to KORE 1x a week for flexibility/mobility class, and walking my dog for at least 20 minutes a day 5 or more days per week. Now that is a measure of healthy. It is also a goal that can be expanded on as you consistently achieve those parameters and they become ingrained into your daily routines. From there, you could commit to the following in 2017: I will maintain the healthy habits I committed to in 2016 and commit to strict pressing the 12Kg bell overhead 10 x, cooking 5 dinners a week at home, eating 4 servings of vegetables a day, and completing a mud run.

Reality check: You never let off the gas with your personal achievements. Like a good investor, you take those gains and re-purpose them towards additional gains.

We’ll talk more next week but in the meantime, here is a PDF download for you to work on writing your goals! Goal Sheet

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