Have you written your goals down?
Are your goals specific and do you have a deadline?
Do you have a plan to start working towards your goals?
Are you willing to understand and pay the price to reach your goals?
Are they visible were you can see them every day?
I want to talk to you today about the importance of goal setting. It is a critical component for success in every aspect of your life. It could be a physical goal, it could be a financial goal, or it could be a business/work goal. Regardless of what type of goal you are going after you should try to implement the principals I listed above.
Recently I was able to accomplish a physical goal that I had been talking about for a few months. The goal I personal set was to press and snatch a 105lbs kettlebell with the left and right arm individually. You can check out the video below.
Watch The Video Here
The goal of the 105lbs kettlebell all started months ago because I wanted to have something specific to train for. I have been working out or training for some type of athletic endeavor for over 25 years now. Sometimes you can become stagnant or unmotivated if you have been performing a similar activity consistently for 25 years. This is where the goal setting comes into play. I needed to have a specific goal that I was working towards to keep me focused and motivated about training.
I decided to conquer the mighty 105lbs kettlebell snatch and press.
Let me take you a few years earlier, Arin and I along with 20 other friends where in an accident that involved a bus being flipped on its side and skidding 45 feet along the pavement. Luckily, no one was killed in this accident. Many people on the bus sustained injuries, including myself. The main injury I walked away with was a slight tear in the labrum of my left shoulder. This injury set me back in my workouts and my upper body strength dropped significantly. If you have ever been thru an injury, you understand the toll it takes. It can also impact your mental game as well.
My workouts suffered and my level of conditioning went down quickly. I was disappointed in myself and the way I looked. “How can I be a role model for all my clients if my conditioning and physical appearance was not at a, practice what you preach, standard.” At this point I needed a goal to get me out of the funk and back to 100%. The goal I set was to press and snatch the 105lbs kettlebell, aka the “Beast” with the left and right arm individually!
When I decide the 105lbs kettlebell press and snatch was my next goal I had to get it down on paper. I also needed a deadline for the goal or I would have driven Arin crazy with the constant conversations about the kettlebell. After establishing my specific goal I printed the goal out and placed it in my office on the wall beside my computer so I would constantly be reminded of that goal. This helped with the direction I needed to go with my training.
Once I had established my goal and I had it in a visible area with a date of completion, it was time to lay out the workout plan. The workout plan that I devised was a bit aggressive, considering the injury to my shoulder had been somewhat of a lingering problem. But I could do it!
Every time I started to lift heavy, my left shoulder would start to talk to me in not so nice words! Basically the old injury needed some more attention and strengthening before I was going to accomplish the 105lbs press or snatch. I understood it was going to take a lot of effort and work and I was ready to pay the price to accomplish my goal. I did several exercises as well as some soft tissue manipulation to my rotator cuff for several weeks. This is normally where most people fail to do the small insignificant work to see the big picture results.
I stayed motivated and on course because every day I walked into my office to see a reminder of the goal and deadline plastered on the wall just above my computer. If you have goals make sure you write the goals down, place a deadline on the goals and keep them visible. This will help keep you on track and motivated to accomplish the goal(s). Also understand that you may have to pay a price to accomplish the goals you set. In my own experiences the price you pay and the sacrifices you endure to reach your goals are only minuscule in comparison to the benefits and satisfaction of accomplishing the goal.
If you are struggling with your fitness or if your goals are not clear to you, schedule a Free Fitness Consultation with us to learn how you can utilize goal setting to accomplish your health and fitness goals. Or if you are an existing client share that goal loud and clear! We love doing what we do and nothing is more exciting than a new goals!
Tony J. Lindauer
P.S. Goals are dreams with deadlines.