Setting goals is fun, the work along the way can be not so fun at times. Setting a goal is like signing up for a race. You are super excited when you sign up and have this vision of what it will look and feel like when you cross that finish line; then you start the race. The first bit isn’t so bad, all the good vibes you had when you singed up are still there and keeping you focused. Then about halfway you start to get tired, people are passing you, and you can’t see that finish line anywhere. Now you are tired and frustrated because the finish line is farther than you anticipated when you signed up and you didn’t think it would be this hard and you start wondering if you should just stop the race because no one will care whether you finish or not. How does this analogy of signing up for a race relate to setting a goal you ask? Think of it like this, most people set a goal when they are happy, have very little daily life stressors on their mind, and they are feeling super motivated. And when they start working toward this goal the initial excitement one had when setting this goal is still present. Then life gets in the way. When you decide on a goal you are excited and motivated but then all the other life duties get in the way and bog you down. A work project gets thrown in your lap, something comes up in your family, or better yet a pandemic happens. You put your goal on pause or just toss it completely. No one will know you say, it won’t matter if I don’t reach it, it was silly of me to make that a goal anyway, unrealistic. NOPE! If that is a goal of yours it isn’t silly and you know who will notice if you don’t reach it? You will, and that is the only person you should be worried about impressing.
So, this is what you are going to do. Write down your goal, and then bullet below it all the things that need to happen in order for that goal to be accomplished. Next you are going to set a date for when you want the goal to be accomplished. Because a goal without a date is just a wish. Once the date is set, you look at the bulleted list and break the time between now and the date you set up into 4ths. Put bullet items together if they are related and put them into one of the quarter time dates between now and your overall goal. These are now your mini goal check points. Each time you reach one it will serve as a reminder that you are one step closer to your overall goal and will be a rewarding feeling to cross it off the list. You can even give yourself a list of things you want to do daily, weekly, and monthly as they help you take steps toward your overall goal. Whatever works for you is what works.
My challenge for you all is to sit down right now and create your goal and the mini goals that are necessary along the way to ensure success. And if any of those goals are fitness or nutrition related Smarter Athlete Fitness and Nutrition is the place to be to help you reach those goals. When you sign-up to work with Smarter Athlete your coach will design a program that is personalized to your goals and be there for you each week to make sure you are supported on your journey. If this is what you are looking for reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.