Is it that time to set goals again?
This process has seemed to get so watered down over the years. Everywhere you turn and every place you go the next person is asking about your goals or your New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will participate and others will just “ehhhhh, I don’t really have any goals. I’m going to just keep doing me.” More power to you.
But I’m here on behalf of your fitness….
Is there some magical fairy dust that sprinkles over every lift and every burpee you do once you write these goals down? Nah. But if you care about those goals it should hold you accountable and that’s plain and simple.
In my experience most people fall in line with the whole “new year new me” goals thing, so much that they end up setting goals that aren’t even ones they want. It’s the demon of setting goals that they think they’re supposed to. But if you want making goals to really change the outcome of your training – pick something that you truly want to do/accomplish (outcome goal) and think about everything that needs to actually happen for you to reach your goals (action steps).
That means that my actions should match my goals.
For example: if my goals are to get HSPUs, do a muscle up, and PR my back squat by 30lbs, but I only go to the gym 2-3x per week – there’s a decision to make.
Option1: If you’re like “man there’s no way I can make the gym more than 2-3x per week with my time/schedule/choices” – then it’s time to change your goals to match your workout frequency.
Option2: If you’re like “ok cool, I’ll have to adjust my schedule so that I can attend more classes and work on all those things I listed. Your goals now align better with your actions and we’ve accomplished step one…sacrifice.
This is a big one. We need to figure out if we are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to reach said goals. One of the main reasons we set goals is to determine what sacrifice is needed to live life proud.
We can’t fall into the trap of making a goal and then when it comes time to give something up we’re like “whoooaaaa I didn’t know I’d have to give up my McGriddle EVERY morning to lose 3% body fat by June.” (Just an example)
I just happen to be talking about this around the new year. But goals don’t only have to be set in the new year. And if calling them “goals” makes you squeamish, and you don’t want to be another New Year’s resolution stereotype then cool. We can phrase it however you like.
- What’s the next thing you want to crush in the gym?
- What’s the next PR you’re going after?
- What are your weight/body fat goals for the next year?
Phrase it however you want, but on behalf of your fitness, you need direction in your training. And the direction you choose should motivate you inside and outside of the gym. Set these “new accomplishments that you seek” any time you’d like.
If I’ve made a bit of sense to you then great the last thing I’d like to go over again is time. But “giving yourself time”.
Current Bluprint Athletes: No one ever said you’re going to set a goal and be locked in for 365 days a year. Whether that goal is set in January, June or October there’s probably going to be a time in there where you weren’t at your most motivated. That’s cool. It happens. Happens to me all the time. When it does happen though be ready. Don’t beat yourself up or cancel all goals and aspirations for the foreseeable future. Just reassess and keep pushing it.