Whether we’re nutrition newbies or working on getting a fresh start, Eat to Perform is giving us a day-by-day run-down of what it takes to succeed. Now that we’re at Day 8, it’s all about setting goals and sticking to them until they actually HAPPEN.
In other words: Goal-Setting, Ninja Style!
It’s time to get things done, and that means setting goals we won’t give up on. Sounds easy enough, but I know myself well enough to know that’s a tall order. When the going gets tough, this tough girl usually heads straight for the nearest ice cream shop!
Where I’ve Messed Up
We’re notorious for goal-setting in our culture, especially around New Year’s Eve, but I’ve learned something about the way I set goals. And this is probably true for a lot of people.
I rush into battle gung-ho, setting the loftiest and highest of goals. I want to lose 100 pounds. Or wear jeans that are 5 sizes smaller or double the amounts I can lift. I aim to run a mile instead of learn to jog 200 meters. By setting my goals so far and immediately out of reach, I end up failing quickly and usually GLORIOUSLY.
And my quick failure to meet the lofty goals I’ve set leads to the inevitable: I give up. Knowing I can’t possibly reach the crazy goals I’ve set for myself, I toss them aside completely.
The Better Solution
Although it’s very difficult, especially when surrounded with talented athletes who have been working out for some time, setting more reasonable and attainable goals can be a positive move in the right direction. Instead of telling myself I’m going to do 10 pull-ups (when I’ve NEVER done a pull-up in my life), I’d be better off setting a goal of working on a combination of technique, strength, and nutrition in order to gradually be able to do pull-ups with less and less assistance. For example, maybe going from the industrial-strength assistance band to a medium-weight band would be a more suitable goal, and it would keep me moving in the right direction!
That’s not to say I’ll never do a pull-up. I may or I may not. BUT, I’ll definitely never do one if I continue setting the wrong goals and beating myself up over never achieving them.
Goal-setting ninja-style is all about knowing yourself and knowing what you can expect to accomplish in digestible, workable segments. It’s about STICKING WITH YOUR GOALS UNTIL YOU MEET THEM.
So take a few minutes to imagine where you’d like to be, what it will take to get there—and then set goals you can tackle in order to reach your destination. You won’t get there overnight, so enjoy the journey and stay the course.
Your goals are waiting…it’s up to you to get out there and CRUSH them!