“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis
Most people’s fitness journeys start excitement and hope — an almost addiction. We begin with a robust picture of Dwayne Johnson or Jessica Biel in our heads and we assume if we lift a bit heavier and run a little faster we will look just like the stars in our heads and newsfeeds. However, there are many obstacles on our fit life journey and if we don’t set goals with clear, precise plans than our transformation derails before it even begins.
When I set out on my CrossFit journey, I just wanted to improve my strength and athleticism to be able to handle the physical stresses of free running. CrossFit reinvented fitness for me. It made me a better athlete, coach and entrepreneur; improving my physical and psychological fortitude. Yet my goal wasn’t clear or defined, so it faded away.
Two easy acronyms can help you prioritize, plan, and achieve your goals.
First, you must set SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Sounds pretty CrossFitty, right? Measurable and time-bound. Now, clarify and make it specific.
Next, you must FOCUS — following one course until successful. That’s a lot easier said than done. Focus allows you to see your plan through until the end; realizing you’ll achieve a result at the end.
From dotcom to Football, everything-bias to Outlaw, I tried just about everything — never for long enough. Without a smart goal and a clear plan, the endorphins dimmed after each workout and I was off to find the new high from the next better routine. And don’t forget the diets. Some serious nutrition here and there. Sometimes for weeks and months; lots of days of constant inconsistence.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Setting goals for CrossFit can be difficult because improving is more than just losing a certain number of pounds or gaining a particular percentage of muscle. Big dreams create goals. Propose the possibility of the big dream to yourself and write down all the benefits of it. If you’re dream is to burst through your shirt like The Rock or fit perfectly into your favorite jeans like Mrs. Biel, then write it down and make plans to accomplish your goal.
Goal-setting is an incredibly important, effective task to provide clarity and focus for the present and future. Having clear, thought-out plans also provides motivation and can help organize your time; allowing for your dreams to become goals and turn into your reality.
Stay on any course for a long time and you’ll begin to see how life comes full circle.
I have goals now and a plan. What are yours?