Goals: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

So if you read my last post, I have redirected my focus as far as what direction to take my fitness.  I have new goals, which happen to be similar to some goals I had set previously.  That may not always happen, though it did for me.  I have decided to get back on track towards that previously set goal.  For some it may be a completely brand new goal.

Before we can even start setting goals we must set one thing straight. Goals are not one size fits all! Goals are personal and dependent on where you are currently and where you want to go.  Even though I have a twin and we are on VERY similar journeys at the moment, we do not share the same exact same goals.  Some of them are very similar but not the same.

So now that we have that cleared up, first we need to know where you have been and where you are currently.  Now I am not speaking literally, unless that is part of your goal.  It’s hard to know where you are going unless you know where you have been.  For me, when I am setting new goals or revamping my current ones, I like to reflect on where I have been and where I am currently.  By doing that I am better positioned to be able to set realistic goals.  An easy way to set your goals is to use the acronym, SMART, specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and time specific.

We now know how to set goals so now we need to make them happen.  In order to make your goals happen, do you think it would be easier to do it all by yourself or have some help from friends or family? Could it be done by yourself? Most likely but it would be easier if you have the support of those around you.  Another reason to have the assistance of friends or family is for the accountability.  For my personal goals, which I won’t get into here, I could in theory do it by myself and I have tried.  It is hard.  When I have the support system in place and accountability from someone who has been there and done that (done what you want to do), it becomes more manageable and not to mention if you come across problems you have someone you can turn to for help.  Whether your goal is professional or personal, having someone who can help hold you accountable will not only make achieving your goal easier but help keep you from getting too far off track when you stumble.

Whenever I write out my goals, I set my long term goal first, my ultimate target.  Generally for me that is about 2 years, it can be longer.  Once I do that, then I can break it down into manageable pieces, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year.  Your breakdowns can be different, this is just what I have used for my current goals that I literally just wrote out earlier today.

What’s at the end of the goals? Once I reach my goals, actually being able to do my goal will be my way of celebrating and then it will be time to set some new goals.  If things get crazy during the midst of my goals and I have to adjust, then I do so without punishing myself, which is easier to say than actually do.  Life happens, just because a curve ball gets thrown at you doesn’t mean that you should just give up on your goals.  It’s when you buckle down and dig deep and reach out to your support system that you already have in place.  If things get really crazy, just take a deep breath and reset.  I have had to do this. Am I frustrated that I didn’t stay on track? Of course, who wouldn’t be but life happened and I no longer had the same people for accountability.  So I have to start from scratch, resetting my goals and getting a new set of people to help me stay accountable.

So the point is, goals are personal and ever evolving.  Set SMART short term and long term goals and have your support system in place.  Once you do that, you have now positioned yourself in the best place to succeed and reach your goals!

I hope you have found this helpful.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your time. God bless.

A journey starts with making a decision

No matter what road you may be on, in order to go anywhere you have to make a decision.  That idea can apply to anything, work, family, school, health, relationships.  Before you can do anything, you need to make a decision that will then allow you to begin the process of whatever it is you are about to embark on.

For me, this current part of my journey is not just about regaining health, but to reach a goal that I have had for awhile now.  It is most definitely a personal goal and one of which that most people would not be interested in going for, but it is one that has intrigued me long enough.  It is time to make that decision to start down the path towards this personal goal.

The goal I am speaking about here is to compete in a bodybuilding competition.  Granted I have other goals that I am working on but for this post, I am referring to doing a competition.  I have been to a number of shows and even volunteered backstage at one.  The time and dedication to get ready for one is unreal.

I have been given the opportunity to be part of an amazing team from P4PMuscle, http://www.P4PMuscle.com, who help amateurs who are wanting to compete.  I also have a chance to work with Julie Mayer-Hyman, a current IFBB Pro, at the gym that I work out at who would be someone I could go to locally.  I am so thankful to have P4PMuscle and Julie.

This will be one of the most difficult things that I have ever tried to do.  It will take more dedication, more blood, sweat and tears, more sacrifice than I have ever done before. It’s time to take not only my fitness but also my health to a whole ‘nother level!