ARE YOU A GOOD GOAL SETTER? In life's journey, goals keep us on track. You need goals. Here's an illustration. Not many of you would ever take a long trip without taking a map or using a navigation device. Goals are like that navigation device or taking a road map on a long journey across country. Goals keep you focused on your route and reinforce to you the driver of your destiny that you are heading in the right direction and are making good time on the way to your destination.
What's the downside & what sort of things happen if you aren't too concerned with setting goals?
1) YOU GET FRUSTRATED. Have you ever rode with someBody who refuses to ask for directions? It's pretty frustrating, isn't it? It's the same way with goals. If someBody has no goals in their life, hanging around that person can Be frustrating and in some cases DANGEROUS.
2) YOU BECOME LOST. We all know that it's no fun to Be lost, and to most of us just the thought of Being lost Brings on feelings of anxiety and mayBe fear. When you don't have goals, you are essentially lost at sea. Floating around without a destination or an anchor Being tossed aBout By the waves of the ocean.
3) YOU TEND TO FLOUNDER or STAGNATE. When people have no goals, they tend to Be flaky. People tend to flounder and wander from one thing to the next. In many cases, they do not even realize how lost they appear. They are terriBly unfocused and their commitments are short-lived Before they're onto the next thing. In other cases, the person may Become depressed and Become stagnant. A stick in the mud if you will. This is also not a good place to Be.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR GOALS MORE HORSEPOWER!
Let's take a look at an example of good goals...
A. MARATHON GOAL ROUGH DRAFT: "I would like to run a marathon."(GOOD) Now, let's see how we can improve upon this goal... FINAL DRAFT: "I ran a 1/2 marathon last month in 1 hour and 37 minutes, now I would like to register this week to run a full marathon and I would be so excited to cross the finish line in under 3 hours and 30 minutes." (Write it down, put in on my fridge and tell my friends.) (MUCH BETTER) So...how exactly did we change the first draft of our goal?
SET THE GOAL.
LIST THE HABITS NEEDED.
MASTER THE PROCESS.
SETTING THE GOAL IS IMPORTANT BUT HARPING ON IT CAN GET DISCOURAGING. ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS IT CAN BE UNCLEAR WHETHER YOU ARE ACTUALLY MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS YOUR GOAL. IF YOU LIST THE HABITS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISHING THAT GOAL AND DO THOSE. CELEBRATE THOSE THINGS THAT MAY SEEM MUNDANE, SIMPLE AND REPETITIVE. THAT'S WHEN YOU MAKE PROGRESS BECAUSE YOU BECOME FOCUSED ON THE MECHANICS OF SUCCESS AND NOT THE LARGER CONCEPT ITSELF. GET GREAT AT THE DETAILS IS WHAT WE CALL COMMITTING TO THE PROCESS. MAKING CROSSFIT A LIFESTYLE VERSUS JUST ANOTHER "THING" YOU ADDED TO YOUR LIFE.
PREPPING YOUR MEALS, PACKING YOUR LUNCH.
TIMING YOUR SNACKS AND SHAKES.
GOING TO BED ON TIME,
DRINKING 1/2 YOUR BODYWEIGHT IN OUNCES OF WATER,
HITTING YOUR MACROS,
GIVING EVERY WORKOUT YOUR BEST EFFORT.
NEVER SKIP MOBILITY.
NO SUGAR. MINIMAL SALT. ESPECIALLY AT WORK.
THESE ARE THE BASIC MECHANICS OF GETTING INTO THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE. MASTER THESE AND YOU'LL BE CELEBRATING THE RESULTS OF YOUR NEW LIFESTYLE.
FROM GOOD... TO GREAT...
What's wrong with a setting just a good goal? There are good goals that make you feel nice and look really good and even sound really good when you say them But they lack the power that other types of goals contain.
What turns a good goal into a great goal? Our goals need to Be attainaBle, specific and descriptive. Once we make our goals clear and write them down, we must estaBlish a Baseline as soon as possiBle, make a plan and post it vertically where you will see it everyday. Then we must speak life into this goal and plan and keep negativity far from our minds and mouths.
1) AttainaBle - how likely am I to achieve this goal with a little extra effort and focus? This does not give you the green light to Be pessimistic or so-called realistic. Some people kill their own goals through pessimism and essentially pull the rug out from underneath themselves. AttainaBle means that this goal is just outside my grasp. If I were to stretch myself a little Bit Beyond what I'm comfortaBle doing, I might Be aBle to achieve this. That should Be your thought process. This goal proximity and closeness is what excites our mind and our senses.
(Ex: General: I want to Be the Best at CrossFit. Specific: I want to Beat Joe this month in one workout.)
2) Specific - what exactly is it that I want to accomplish? Is my goal general or specific in nature? (Ex: General: I want a car. Specific: I want a RuBicon Jeep.)
Deadline - how long am I giving myself to achieve this goal? Deadlines give your goals a time frame and as a result place urgency on the taking those steps that will get you closer to your goal.
Use specific dates as well. Don't just say I want to run a marathon Before I turn 40 years old. This isn't Bucket list type, pie-in-the-sky stuff. Another Bad haBit is setting dates Based on upcoming events that usually involve other factors or people. "I'm going to get fit once my husBand retires and my kids move out of the house." TerriBle plan. These types of statements never work. Scrap them immediately. (Ex: General: I want to run a marathon at some point. Specific: I want to register online at www.Bostonmarathon.com By July 4th, 2015!)
Descriptive - how detailed am I in my description of my goal? how will achieving my goal look as I'm achieving it? how will I look when I achieve this goal. Can I see it clearly in my mind's eye?
Vertical Posting - IMPORTANT! Place this goal up on a wall in a room that you frequent (i.e. like the Bathroom mirror.) This vertical posting forces you to see your goal frequently and think aBout it often. "Out of sight, out of mind" Have you ever heard that saying? Well I would go so far as to say, "Out of mind, out of luck." You tend to do what your mind focuses on. Your mind focuses on what you tend to think aBout. And you think aBout what you frequently see. If you don't keep it on the top of your mind, you will forget and shove your goals back in the pile of other things you need to accomplish that may seem so important but in reality they're just noise.
EstaBlish a Baseline - a starting point immediately to Better understand where you are currently at in relationship to where you are going. (A good analogy is that if you want to go to Las Vegas, it'd Be good to know that you're currently in Phoenix on Southern and 24th Street.) We would apply this to our goal By testing to see where we're at with our goal. For example, In one month, I want to perform 35 smooth Butterfly pull-ups in a row and drop off the pull-up Bar without Being winded. Awesome goal. But the next step would Be to hop on the pull-up Bar and see how many pull-ups I can currently do.
7.) Make a plan. We need to organize the Best steps we can take on a daily Basis to move us closer and closer to our goal.
8.) Speak life. Speak positively aBout your goal and your plans. Do not allow negativity to creep into your mind and into your mouth in the form of words.