It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way!
While it isgreat to have dreams and goals to see our visions into fruition— that passion and progress slowly degrades or stops altogether as we let obstacles get in our way. Part of the problem is not the obstacles as much as it is the goals we set.
Basing our goals on New Year’s resolution often end up with those same goals being abandoned in less than a month’s time. The passion is there but there is no vision, no plan — and passion without vision is blindness. This is why most Houston gyms are packed every January with new members but dwindled down by the end of February.
Why Do We Do This To Ourselves?
- We Don’t Prepare – If goals were easily achieved, there would be no reason to even set them. The point of a goal is that it requires work, it challenges us. In order to meet your goals,you must prepare, take the time to lay out achievable steps that must be completed in order to reach the ultimate goal. Chaos is the biggest obstacle to success —whether that chaos is internal or external you must have ordered steps and structure to crush your goals.
- We Don’t Apply Ourselves– You can have all the steps organized, the structure in place and the tools you need to achieve each step and it will mean nothing ifyou don’t integrate it into your lifestyle. You must choose to go all in or not at all.
You Have The Power Of Choice
Basically, what has the accumulative and resounding impact on your life is the choices in front of you daily. Wake up early or sleep in, eat the Jack In The Box or eat a salad, workout after work or go to the bar — these decisions and many more have consequences, good or bad — the choice is yours.
Goal Crushing Is A Lifestyle, Not Luck
Walk into a dozen random Houston gyms and you will see people at all fitness levels — and all commitment levels. You know the types of people you see:
The New Year Warrior – That person who hasn’t been seen in a gym all year long but on Jan 2, they’re in thereworking every machine at full speed, geared out with the latest earbuds, weight gloves, andfancy water bottle. They usually end up hurting themselves, getting worn out, or as in most cases, they get frustrated when they’re not ripped after one week of workouts. By the end of the month,they’re downing soda and wings again and riding the couch instead of the recumbent bike. They weren’t committed, they just wanted quick, easy results.
The Confused Slow Starter — That person that is committed, realizes the journey takes time but has failed to do due diligence and research what it takes to reach their goals. They show up every day. Some may see some success but it will be very minimal and quite slow. They last much longer than the “warriors,” but they still get burnt out eventually and go back to old habits.
The Self-Starter — That person that carefully thought out their goals, made them challenging but realistically achievable. They set out a detailed plan of attack, supply list, and created a daily schedule. This person didn’t just join a gym they adopted a lifestyle as their own. This person is the one the other two want to look like, be like and enjoy success like. But they don’t have the drive or discipline to do it 24/7. They aren’t all in.
Take Notes: This Is The Game Plan To Crushing Goals
The best way to start on crushing your goal is to start with your end game and work in reverse to develop the plan to achieve it. Where do you want to be in 3 years, in 5 years, and beyond? Take that end game and follow these steps:
- Set A One-YearGoal And Break It Down Monthly — Setting your ultimate goal into interval achievements. You make your goals easier to achieve brick by brick. By further breaking each year into monthly goals it makes it more manageable and less overwhelming. You take a lot of small actions and combine them into a much larger goal.
- Also Set Weekly Goals — You see a pattern here? You are taking your goals and breaking them down to a bunch of small victories. For example, if your goal is to lose 100 pounds in a year it sounds overwhelming to look at that long period of time. But break it down into weekly goals and you have the potential for victory every week. Those weeks add up!
- Also Set Daily Goals — This is where the rubber meets the road and the commitment to lifestyle adaptations really comes into play. Everyday can be successful! The good news is even if you fail one day, the next is a brand new opportunity. If you make the right choices every day, the likelihood of achieving your weekly goals increase; that increases your chance of hitting monthly goals; and that increases your chance of hitting yearly goals and so on — until you reach your ultimate goal. Here is the kicker. By the time you reach the ultimate goal, you have adopted a lifestyle that will help maintain that goal.
- Journal, It Helps Keep Focus — Journaling your food intake and your exercise helps you keep on track and stay focused
- Make Notes To Yourself— The more you are reminded of your goals and what’s at stake the fresher it stays in your mind.
- Be Consistent — Whatever you do, be consistent. If you workout at 9 amkeepworking out at9 am. Routines are easier to maintain than sporadic schedules, it becomes a habit.
Be Accountable For Your Own Success
Remember that the only one responsible for whether you crush your goals is ultimately you. Be accountable for your goals and routines. The best way to do that is joining a community such as a Houston Gym like HTX Fightcamp. Everyone here is trying to crush their fitness goals, we can support each other and hold each other accountable. Come out and join us for a free class and see how crushing your goals IS achievable!