Hey LIFT members and friends. As promised, we're providing you with the cumulative blog post following our week-long series on goal setting. We hope you got a lot out of it-setting goals and especially the process of it is something we're really passionate about.
It's a very important thing for many people both inside and out of the gym; goals drive us to be better people. Being a better human being is the base of everything, and that's what we're trying to achieve inside of LIFT. A better human being means they're not only fit, they're also leading a quality lifestyle devoid of drama and constant complaints. If we can get people to achieve this, we know we're doing our job right. This isn't just a place to workout; we're busy building amazing individuals.
All that being said, let's get right down to the steps for goal setting:
Wishing & Hoping: The first step in setting yourself a goal-this is where you get excited and create a grand vision for yourself. The tendency of people to skip this and get bogged down in the daily grind of the work they have to do to set a personal best marathon time is one reason why people lose sight of what the set out to do in the first place. It is a necessary start to setting yourself a goal-whatever it may be. If you can't create a vision, maybe it's not the right goal for you.
Outcome: Linked closely to the first step, this is THE feeling-what is it going to feel like when you reach your goal? Tying emotion to the event is when it becomes REAL. If you don't feel emotion swell up inside you, if you don't think "Running a half marathon is a life long dream of mine that I set 10 years ago, and this is what it's going to feel like", if that sort of deep passion isn't there, MAYBE this isn't the right/relevant goal for you.
Obstacles: what is or will be holding you back, standing in your way or could keep you from achieving your goal. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, some things that could be considered obstacles are: you have a newborn/toddler at home, you work 60 hours a week or you don't know how to cook for yourself. Knowing and identifying the obstacles that you WILL face can help you prepare for them when they get in your way.
Plan: creating a process & establishing the step-by-step procedure to get you there. If you want to train for a (good) half marathon, we know what that takes: accumulating roughly 10-20 miles a week, training 4-5 days a week. Tuesday/Thursday you run between 2-4 miles, Wednesday you run 3-6 miles of intervals, Saturday you run between 5-9 miles, Mondays & Fridays you CrossFit, Sunday you rest. IF you hear that and you're like "do what??", maybe this is a checkpoint to see if this is the right goal for you-maybe you just want to run (not concerned about time) a half marathon, in which case we can cut everything down, as long as you can say "this is what it's going to feel like when I run a half marathon" (i.e. the Outcome).
Identity: this is an important stage. Most people who have a goal hit the Wishing and Hoping stage, create a vision and never make it past there. It's not their fault-the human brain is wired to give you credit in the form of a hormonal release, because we can't separate the conscious from the subconscious. Now, after we create our Plan, we need to go back to the Obstacles and when they present themselves, engage this stage. Create an Identity of "when these obstacles present themselves, I am the type of person that ______". In the case of a half/full marathon, one of your obstacles can be times that you will be caught at work 1-2 hours later than you should have been. You need to say to yourself "I am the the type of person that when I get home at 10 o'clock at night, I still go for my training run." Or when losing 50 pounds, "I am the type of person that when there is an office birthday party, I say no to cookies and cake and sweets." Now when the obstacles appear, not only did we already know they'd happen, we are setting ourselves up to overcome what stops everyone else from achieving their goals. Even if you aren't that type of person right now, you can be your own self-fulfilling prophecy.
Execute: the final stage, the final piece. We can talk all we want, and it means NOTHING, IF you don't Execute and take massive action. It's the most important. This is the big problem-people talk and give themselves credit just from setting their goal-we've felt great publishing this stuff for you guys! Even if you forget every single stage we've talked about, waking up every day and Executing will move you in a direction (even if you end up where you didn't plan on going). When you write a book, you have to write every single day-not writing is not going to help you achieve your goal. Showing up to the gym and putting in work is going to get results even if they're not exactly what you envisioned-sitting on the couch does nothing.
Thanks for reading! We know it's a lot and hope you got just as much out of it as we did bringing it to you all!