Making and setting goals is awesome! And given that we are in the last month of 2015, goal setting is all around us. Everyone is thinking about all the things they want to do in the new year, the places they want to go, the money they want to make, the love they hope to find, the bodies they want to build. It is exciting! Though with all the great, exciting energy that surrounds goal setting, why do so many people fail?
We all know New Years' resolutions are relatively pointless. If we last even two weeks, we're lucky and yet, we all keep making them. We really do have healthy, forward looking intentions, so why can't we follow through?
Deadlines seldom work
Some people work really hard when they're up against a deadline, and some don't at all. When those deadlines come flying at us all too quickly, we lose heart and give up. We're terrible at predicting how long it will take us to accomplish our goal and don't plan accordingly. When most of us sit down to develop a fitness plan, we often don't consider all the roadblocks that could pop up. We aren't realistic with our timing.
Goals are all or nothing
Goal setting can be extremely fun, but it can also drive us nuts. We get so caught up in our goals that after a short period of time, we burn out and quit. Our goals can sometimes make us feel like we're not trying as hard as we should be. For example, if you're looking to lose weight and lean out, our goals can make us look at ourselves now and say that we aren't where we're supposed to be. Which, of course, is absurd considering the fact that we've worked so hard to get to this point in time. Goals make you feel down in the dumps until you actually reach them.
This is why your goal should not be based on some specific result, but established by a routine.
We often associate routine with boredom, but it doesn't have to be that way. Embrace the familiar and the 'boring.' Routine means consistency, which is key to achieving your goals.
Routine takes the stress out of your goals. You can work without having to worry about whether or not you are progressing fast enough. Remember, to reach a place of success, you don't have to constantly be thinking about your goal.
Your goals can be like a heavy feeling hanging over every move you make at the gym. If you have a routine, that heaviness disappears because day in and day out you are actually working toward that end goal. You can focus on the workout and tasks at hand!
If you show up every single day and kill it, you will get there. Focusing on adopting a routine can be powerful and liberating!
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