- Be Goal Driven and Specific
What is the number one thing you constantly hear about how successful people became successful? Goals. Every person who is successful today has set goals that got them to that point. The number one way to achieve success is to set goals and work your ass off reaching them!
The quality of your goal is extremely important!
Let’s say you want to set a goal with squatting.
“I want to squat heavy” = this isn’t a goal … slacker.
“I want squat 200 pounds” = alright, it’s a little better but let’s be more specific.
“I want to squat 200 pounds in 16 weeks” = Ding, ding, ding, ding! Now we have a quality goal.
A quality goal requires specificity and must have a deadline.
It is important to set goals that are detail oriented. I am fairly new to the fitness scene with only lifting confidently on my own for about two years. I have always had vague goals in the back of my head like a specific physique or lifting heavy for certain lifts. I never specified what weight I wanted to hit AND the amount of time I would designate myself to reach this goal. Specificity is key! Set your goal, set a deadline, and keep track!
Goals are important and are crucial but it’s also very important not to become obsessed with your goals. Realistically, you simply will not reach every single goal you set. Even the strongest, leanest, fastest person will fall short of their goals at some point … the key is not to get down on yourself when this happens!
Every failure presents a learning experience, so even though you did not reach that goal, you still gained something from the experience that will help you reach your goals in the future!
- Review your goals OFTEN!
How often do we push important life planning like goal setting aside for more immediate matters like work, bills, and family? Pretty regularly. It’s part of life. Make goal setting a priority. Setting aside time just once a week is all you really need! The best time to review your goals is first thing in the morning. When you get up, review your goals, remind yourself how important that goal is to you, and how you plan to eventually reach that goal. Five minutes is all it really takes!
- Don’t be afraid to change it up!
If you are anything like me, atmosphere is everything when it comes to fitness AND motivation. I am a huge “vibes” person, I can feel the serious, goal driven vibes coming from the person next to me at the gym. You know, the guy who is lifting heavy, panting, breathing heavy, and pushing himself further and further … well, that is exactly what motivates me. My motivation is high when I can feel other people’s motivation is high. On the opposite end of spectrum, my motivation can diminish when there are clusters of people having a conversation hogging the weights … dear Lord!
Don’t be afraid to change gyms if you notice the atmosphere just plain stinks! I’ll take old equipment, dirty floors, and bent bars over the other gyms if the atmosphere pushes me to be my best! Also, don’t be afraid to change-up your training routine. Change your reps, sets, weight, add plyos, HIIT, cardio, etc.
Step out of your comfort zone!
- Don’t be a shallow Hal, see the bigger picture!
It’s easy to get caught up in all of the gym selfie progress pictures and videos on IG. Yes you are working hard to better yourself physically but step back and look at the bigger picture. You are working hard to strengthen you mind, muscles, heart, and bones. You are creating a healthy body. A healthy body that is able to run around with your children. A strong body that is able to provide for your family and someday see your children get married. The bigger picture is that you are simply improving your body so that you will live a longer, healthier life.
- Grow a Pair!
Honestly, there comes a point in your journey towards your goals where getting motivated through others will just simply lose its impact on you. Simply put, you will need to motivate yourself. YOU need to want it!
If fitness is just too much of a hassle then stop and do something that makes you happy! Hula hoop, collect insects, run an ant farm, whatever it is that makes you happy … do it.
Being able to improve your physical and mental health, your physique, and bodily function is a privilege life allows us to experience and it is a privilege that most people only dream of doing in their life time.
So, don’t just dream of it, work hard and achieve optimal health.