Step UP or sit down?
The photo above is a great example of what you can do with your training AND your life.
A park bench next to a playground. Are you going to sit down on it OR are you going to perform step-ups and pushups on it?
Something to think about.
Do you need goals?
I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about goals in your life. How important they are, how to set the right goals, being realistic about them and so on..
Are you ever in a position thinking to yourself “I don’t have any goals..I guess I need some?”
I’ve been there.
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with not having any goals.
Someone else may tell you that instead of goals, you need to focus on your DREAMS.. they will naturally lead you TO your goals.
That’s fine and all, but what if you still don’t have any goals come to mind?
Is there something wrong with you?
You don’t have to constantly be chasing a goal just because so many others talk about the importance of goals.
Yes, goals are great and they help many people get clear on what they need to do and where they want to go in their lives.
But you can also live an extraordinary life without specific goals in the traditional sense.
If your idea of a great life is to be the best version of yourself, then maybe you don’t need any goals.
On the other hand, if you feel like that’s too general and vague, maybe you need to set some specific daily tasks you need to fulfill that will help you achieve your idea of a great life.
So how does this approach work in regards to fitness goals?
Can you just try to be your best each day and not worry about specific numbers on the scale or the barbell?
A decade ago I may have said no.
Nowadays I have a different perspective.
While I still love to challenge myself daily with training and there are things I want to accomplish with my workouts, I don’t look at fitness goals as essential anymore.
That’s not to say they aren’t beneficial for many people, but FOR ME right now, they aren’t essential.
For some folks, the simple act of checking a box each day is an effective strategy to stay on track.
An example is 10,000 daily steps.
Every day you make sure to get your steps, so you can check off that box. That’s another approach similar to setting goals that works great.
I have been using this strategy for months.
Each day I have certain tasks I want to complete (write, train, walk etc..) and I get the satisfaction of seeing my daily achievements.
In a way it’s similar to having goals and striving to achieve them but it’s more about building habits that are the cornerstone of who you are, and who you become.
Habits are an integral part of becoming the strongest version of yourself.
If you develop the right habits you will become that person you are already inside..
With the wrong habits, you never reach your true potential.
Do you NEED goals? No.
Are they helpful? Yes. Often they give people the focus and clarity needed to make progress.
Ultimately it depends on you and what you want out of your training and life in general.
If you feel lost and have no structure, no idea what you want, goals might be a solution.
Only you can decide if goal-setting is a good choice for you. Honestly, you might not know until you try it out .
Find out for yourself if goals keep you on track and help you make continual progress.
This can change too, of course.
We are alive. Constantly evolving, adapting.
Maybe goals don’t work for you right now but in a few months you need them.
Always be open to trying new ideas yourself. Listen to what your body and soul tells you. I know it may sound like some woo-woo hippie talk but it’s true. We all have the ability to tap into a great reservoir of intuition if we would only allow ourselves.
Keep on striving to be the best version of yourself.
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