Get Your Mind Right: Set Goals!
REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
“If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams,
and endeavours to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreu
Top-level athletes, entrepreneurs, and high achievers all set goals. Setting goals helps you to create long-term vision and short-term motivation. It helps you to manage your time, resources and learning, thus allowing you to make the most out of your life. If you do not focus on where you want to go, you will never get there.
Figure out exactly what it is you want, along with a timeframe in which to accomplish this, and then make a plan to take you there. Once your plan is in place, start taking action. On your way to your main goal (long-term goal) it’s helpful to have short-term goals along the way, so that you can attain small victories and learning experiences, that will enhance your experience as well as sustain motivation and focus.
An example of a long-term goal would be something along the lines of;
“I plan to become Mr/Ms Olympia.”
Examples of 2 short-term goals that would help get you there could be;
“Tomorrow I will join a gym” and then “I will workout with a trainer 3 times per week for 12 weeks”
It could take several years to qualify for the Olympia if you were new to training but you could possibly enter your first local contest within a year, if you started with the first two short term goals, leading to the third. Once you begin taking action according to your plan, it’s important to check in, evaluate your progress, re-affirm your goals and adjust your plan where necessary. The accomplishment of the short-term goals are key to staying focussed.
Write down your goals and re-affirm them to yourself on a daily basis. We live in a time like no other, when it comes to the quantity of distractions that can derail you. To help prevent this, find people who will encourage you, hold you accountable and help keep you focussed. Be wise when selecting such people because not everyone will want you to achieve your goals. For example, your drinking partner won’t be very happy if you are spending time at the gym instead of your favourite nightclub. They could even try to persuade you to believe that your goals are unreasonable.
Feel The Fear and Do it Anyway!
You need a routine of daily goals that correspond to your larger weekly goals that relate to your even larger monthly goals, and so on. Setting realistic attainable goals is fine, but set these in conjunction with immense aspirations. These are goals that seem impossible yet they challenge and inspire you. Such goals can seem overwhelming at first.
One of the greatest obstacles to success is that dreaded F. word, FEAR. It is not the huge goal that is the problem, but the fear itself. Fear can cripple you in its many manifestations, such as anxiety, stress, discouragement, depression, self doubt, loss of confidence, anger and that list goes on and on. The bigger the goal, the more of these obstacles you may have to overcome. It’s fine to feel these fear-based emotions that can cause internal chaos. However, these are not reasons to quit, but they are reasons that many people do. The key to managing these, is to stay focussed on the baby action steps that you can take on a daily basis and be consistent. If you fall off the wagon, get back on!!!!
Your Fitness Goals
Choose a goal and be very specific. For example, if your goal is aesthetic, think about this; Do you want to lose weight or do you want to lose body fat? The two goals are not the same. You can lose weight without losing body fat, and conversely you can lose body fat while increasing your weight. Therefore, these two goals, while they may appear to be the same, can in effect conflict with each other. So think very carefully about what EXACTLY it is that you want or you can find yourself at a stalemate very early in the game.
Pick one specific, measureable goal and narrow it down to clear visuals or numbers.
My goal in the video is to look my best for my photoshoot at the Olympia. Its only two weeks away and I’m close to where I want to be physically. My measureable goals are in the form of daily 5 action steps that will lead me to be at my best if I carry out the steps. These things are habits that I want to re-inforce as a lifestyle, the photoshoot is the external motivator.
The two week journey from the video to the shoot is an example of a short-term goal that is helping me to work towards a (yet undisclosed) much bigger goal in the more distant future.
I have written down the short term goal, I have told people about it, so that I’m held accountable. The shoot is locked in, and now I am committed to following through to the best of my abilities on a daily basis. The video shows me taking immediate action towards this goal with the help of an accountability partner.
What is one new habit you can commit to today to help you achieve your goals?