The New Year is upon us and it is a busy time of year for those of us in the fitness industry. People are back in the gym or starting a program for the first time as they begin their journey to a new way of living fit and healthy. I love this time of year because as a trainer, we get to work with new people and see the excitement and eagerness to work and change their way of living. Talking to people about their goals, whether it be body composition, competition, or just forming a new habit is exciting. I love hearing client’s goals of completing a marathon, triathalon, or losing 20 lbs, reducing body fat to a point which you see abs and great muscle definition. I feel that we should set our mind to something we want to accomplish and get after it. If you set your goal high enough and do it properly you may fall short of the ultimate goal but you can still look back and see some amazing achievements.
I don’t believe in using resolutions in a New Year as we have a tendancy to have one trip up and we’re done. Lets be honest, we know the person that says, “I’m going to go to the gym everyday.” Now I think this is awesome but if you haven’t been to the gym in 3 years, you’re probably going to fall short. You can set that goal, but focus on something smaller first. “I’m gonna make the gym 3 days a week for 3 months then 4 days, and so on.” I feel one of biggest hiccups people face in their resolutions is they set goals that are way too far from the starting point. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love dreaming big, but make sure you have a process and stages you want to hit. When setting a goal, make sure that you have smaller goals to accomplish along the way to keep you motivated. It’s critical that you have a process (or a plan) that is going take you achieve your end goal. The process could include a number of different things depending on your goal. If you’re looking at a fitness goal, your process may include a program, or diet. Maybe you want to read more, setting an alarm to remind you to read could be your process. Once you decide on a process or program that fits, you then need to work it and stick with it. Give it time, don’t be impatient and constantly jump from one process to the other. Remember we need to form habits so consistency will be the key. This is where setting smaller goals to measure progress will help you determine the success of your process and also make that mountain appear more manageable. Feel free to set huge goals, but like a marathon, make sure you have a time goal at each mile marker to make sure you are progressing and to build your confidence.
Mentality and Sacrifice.
Like I said earlier, I love big goals and dreams and in my opinion these two elements are the biggest limiting factors. Let me give you an example. Over the past 5 years of operation in the Des Moines area, I’ve worked with a lot of the local amateur and professional fighters. I’ve had the privilage to work with some of the best Stephens, Neer, Jury. One of the biggest differences between those men and others that have come to the gym and faded out is their strong mentality and willingness to sacrifice. If you want to have the career some of these guys, you must be willing to sacrifice a lot (the parties, junk food, sleeping in, etc). If your goal is to look like a fitness model, you better have the mentality that you are willing to sacrifice things to achieve that goal. If your not, set a goal that is realistic to the lifestyle you want to live. It takes practice, but there is a skill to setting proper goals and when we set our mind and have the proper tools and processes to achieve those goals, there is nothing that will stop you. Remember it’s not going be easy and it may not be a linear path, but with work and determination you will get there.
If you are interested in discussing goal setting, speak with us and we will set up a time on a Wednesday or Friday afternoons to work on them.