After answering client messages last night, it amazed me at how many people that I spoke with didn’t have specific goals they wanted to reach.
How can I help you get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going?
Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
We all know from personal experiences that this is right.
What some people don’t know about me is that I was a Culligan Man in my early 20’s and something I’ll always remember is water moves in the path of least resistance.
Humans move in the path of least resistance too, toward ease and comfort. One day spills into the next, and many of us never quite get around to turning our goals or good intentions into reality.
Those goals, while no doubt important, tend to remain unreached mainly because they are too vague.
Vague ideas are impossible to focus on and aim for; they are moving targets.
Do you have moving targets in your life?
Perhaps you want to eat healthier, get fit or lose the winter weight that has crept upon you. Maybe you just want to establish a regular workout routine and stick with it this time.
(^^those are all incredibly VAGUE GOALS^^)
The keys to your success are take 2 steps:
1.) isolate the target
2.) create momentum.
How do you stop a moving target?
Imagine a hunter trying to hit a small bull’s eye on a distant target. He begins to aim, but then the target suddenly moves to the right, and before he can position himself to aim again, the target darts to the left.
Will he ever hit that target?
Possibly, but not likely.
Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like that moving target.
You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet-but without clearly defined goals and methods, you can’t focus and make it happen.
The way to isolate the target so you can finally hit the bull’s eye is to define your goals and write them down:
How much weight do you want to lose?
What kind of changes do you want to make in your diet?
How many days per week do you want to exercise?
Which article of clothing do you wish would fit your body again?
How much weight would you like to lift while squatting, deadlifting, bench pressing?
Once you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there.
But you have to start moving toward your goals. That is where momentum comes in.
How to create momentum to reach your goals…
In the book, Eat that Frog, the author Brian Tracy discusses the ‘Momentum Principle of Success’. In Tracy’s words:
“This principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started INITIALLY, it then takes far less energy to keep going.”
Smart guy right?
Sometimes, the hardest part of reaching a goal is just getting started.
That first day of doing things differently or the first experience of bypassing an unhealthy treat in favor of a food that will give you more energy can be daunting.
It isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t fun.
So how do you get that momentum? How do you start moving?
The Answer= Accountability.
Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success.
It is hard to change lifelong habits on your own. You need radical motivation that comes from involving others in your efforts.
Setting goals with deadlines, joining a coaching group, making commitment to doing mud runs and entering a new transformation challenge all provide an external motivation that will carry you through even the toughest temptations.
And once you get started, you will find that the momentum principle kicks in and it becomes easier and easier to keep going.
That’s why it always seems easier for the person that is already where you want to be to do what you are trying to do.
They have momentum.
Start NOW. Here’s how to do it…
You can make your moving target come to a screeching halt by taking a few minutes to write down what your goals, what you want.
Don’t make it your goals too broad, be specific.
And then begin brainstorming ways to get others involved with you that will provide your momentum.
Success is within your reach. You can do this.
Oh, and remember, we’re here to help you the entire way!
Committed to your fitness success,
Derek Kuryliw, your fitness Yoda 🙂