We should all have goals. Goals help us o get what we want in life. A life without goals i like a like a ship without sails, it’s going no where. Im sure you’ve heard why you need goals at least a thousand times in your life, and this won’t be the last time. But theres good reason for that./ Goals help you get shit done. Heres 4 reasons why you should set some gas, and a few tips on how to get them.
Help you get to where you want to be
You should always be striving to be better. It’s way to easy in life to get comfortable where we are, or even complain about what we don’t have. Goals help you to get moving forward. If you go to the gym everyday with no goal in mind you will find yourself going through the motions, and not pushing as hard as you should be. If you go to work without a goal in mind you will do the bare minimum, and do just enough to get by, which spills over into the rest of your life. Setting goals helps us to get out of our ruts and on the road to self-improvement. Whether that be lose weight, make more money, or just try to be happier in general. Setting goals will help you get to where you want to be in life.
If you set a goal and you really want to achieve it, it gives you drive and a sense of purpose. It gives you motivation. I don’t know about you, but I feel my best when I’m motivated by something. We have all had those times when we feel like a lump of shit, with no purpose. It seems like groundhog day everyday. That’s no fun, and it’s depressing. If you have something to look forward to though, it changes your whole mindset. It makes you excited and energetic. It makes it easier to get out of bed, and try to do your best. It makes you more fun to be around. Motivated people are addicting. Usually, if you see a highly motivated person, you see a person that people are attracted to, its someone you want to be around.
Goals also give you a progress report on how you are doing. If you set a goal to reach by a certain time and don’t reach it, it can help you figure out what you need to change in order to get it. Lets say you set a goal to lose 15lbs in 3 months or add 10 lbs to your back squat by the end of the next Wendler cycle. With having these goals set, you can make progress checks along the way to see if you are moving in the right direction. If after a month you haven’t lost any weight, maybe you need to change your approach. You might have started working out, but maybe nows the time you drop the donuts you eat on Saturday mornings. If your goal was to add weight to your back squat and you aren’t, maybe you need to look at your technique and see if you are squatting properly. Data is always good to have to give you guidance to where you want to go.
Help you achieve other goals
When you set a goal and achieve it, it gives you confidence. Confidence will in turn help you achieve new goals. A lot of the things we accomplish in life are more mental than physical. What I mean is that people who believe they can achieve things, achieve them more often than those who don’t. Have you ever been stuck on some plateau and for some reason you can’t get passed it no matter what you try. Then when you finally get passed it, what usually ends up happening is that you continue to improve way beyond the plateau that you were stuck at. What happens? Did you just suddenly become way stronger one day? No, just by achieving your goal you got a sense of belief in yourself, and when you believe in yourself you can accomplish way more than you thought was possible.
Make sure when setting goals you start with smaller goals that you can obtain in the long run. If you set your goal to lose 50lbs, that can take a long time and you can get discouraged and feel like you have failed if you don’t hit your goal. If on the other hand you set 10 monthly goals to lose 5lbs, you are more likely to achieve or even exceed your goal, which will give you the motivation to keep going.
One good way to help start making goals is by using the SMART acronym. Although there are different variants, here is the most common definition:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time Related
So as an example, instead of making a goal that you want to increase your Back Squat, you would make a goal that states you want to increase your Back Squat by 10 lbs by December 27th, 2014. This gives you a specific goal to hit by a target date. Again if you make them specific by a certain time frame your more likely to make it happen.
If you feel like you’re in a rut, goals are a powerful way to give you motivation and give you confidence. Now go out there and get it!