Goals vs. wishes. How can we best achieve our goals??
I have declared what my goal is and now it should happen, right?!?!?!
My friend, this is the moment where I level with you. A goal without a plan is a WISH. In order to successfully reach your goal, you need a distinct plan or identification of what you need to do on a daily basis to get there. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for failure. It could be the reason you have not succeeded in the past.
Setting a goal is often arbitrary, “why 30#? Why a pull-up? Why a 500# deadlift? Why a leaner body?” But in order for you to succeed, the specifics around the goal and the plan associated with it cannot be. The first level of goal setting is defining a SMART goal. Something that is:
Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. This means that saying I want to get in shape is NOT a smart goal. Even saying I want to lose 30# by August 1st 2017 may not be enough, if it is not attainable. When determining if a goal is attainable, it helps to look at the actions or steps that would be required to truly make it happen.
So we need to dig a little deeper. To take things a step further, you need to determine what you are willing to do to achieve your goal on a daily basis. What do you have to do or NOT do in order to achieve your goal? This might mean working out 3-5 days per week, you are not going to eat certain foods, wake up at 6:00am every day, etc. Think about the process you will need to commit yourself to get you to or surpass that goal. This will be part of how we determine if your goal is attainable – especially when creating a time frame.
Let’s discuss goals. A goal is the result from which you put effort.
Think about that for a second. This means that the result is not the focus – your EFFORT is. So forget the results, focus on the effort. When you focus on the effort then you generate the result. Set yourself up in a way to focus on the process, to create the habit. #youarewhatyourepeatedlydo
For example, if you want a 500# deadlift then decide what you need to do on a daily basis to make that happen. These habits will make up your short-term goals. They need to be SMART too. One of your short-term goals may be training 5 times per week. Your focus will be on getting in the gym and putting everything you have into that training session. Focusing on what you need to do on a daily and weekly basis keeps things on track. Imagine you set a goal of a 500# deadlift and then have a bad training day, or multiple training days. It could feel in that moment that your goal is never going to happen or be attainable. However, if you focus on your short-term goal of getting in the gym and train 5 days a week, then how you feel when you’re there is less relevant. That effort is not going to be the same everyday, and that’s OKAY. Focus on the effort, the effort is the good stuff. Dial in the habit, and the compound effect of your actions will be powerful, allowing you to achieve, and most likely surpass, your goal.
It is also important that we take a critical look at what we are doing now to help us determine what we need to do more of and what we need to eliminate to make us successful. Sometimes just making a small tweak in our daily habits will make a HUGE impact.
Each of us has limited resources. Our resources are our time, energy, and money. Take a look at how you are currently using your time, where you are putting your energy, and spending your money. Take some time and write down what you do on a daily basis for one week
It is very valuable to audit yourself. Now with your goal in mind, look at your self-audit. What do you see? What is out of alignment? What needs to change? Use your observations to determine what daily and weekly habits or efforts are necessary to get what you want.
To set a goal without addressing your habits is insanity. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. You cannot keep trudging through life the way you are and expect that this time things will be different, all the stars will align, and you will reach your goal. Reaching a goal requires, in fact demands, effort. Effort will mean changing actions, behaviours, and beliefs. To set a goal is to make a commitment to changes necessary to achieve what you want. Remember, we are what we repeatedly do.
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