If you want a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or things – Albert Einstein
It’s the most common new year’s resolution out there, to ‘get fit’. Few people even know what that means and have no idea how to accomplish it. They simply have this vague notion that getting fit means running a lot, or going to the gym.
In my last post, I talked about how to properly set goals so that they’re both challenging and attainable. In this post, I’ll be talking specifically about fitness goals, and why most people fail to keep their resolutions year after year.
The first thing to tackle is why you want to get fit. It’s best to have a performance goal in mind rather than simply wanting to look or feel better. There’s nothing wrong with wanting those things, but they’re not exactly measureable. Besides, if you can accomplish an adequately challenging performance goal, you’ll find that looking and feeling better will happen as well.
The second challenge is finding an appropriate venue or method of accomplishing your goal. This is where a coach or experienced professional comes in handy. You need to find someone that can not only help you set your goals, but design a plan to get you there. This person should not only encourage you along the way, but also be able to give you proper guidance on challenging yourself physically while avoiding injury. (Hint, Hint, CrossFit Thumos has tremendous programming and a great community ready to help you get in the best shape of your life, no matter what your fitness goal!).
The third challenge will be sticking to the plan. It’s estimated that only 8% of all new year’s resolutions are actually accomplished. That’s just sad. If you have a manageable goal, find a coach to help you achieve your goal, there’s no reason you shouldn’t accomplish anything you want in 2015. The problem is establishing the habits necessary to follow through with your plan. Habit forming is difficult, because the brain is wired to prefer the status quo and avoid anything that’s scary or potentially painful. We can’t progress as human beings without facing something scary every once in a while, or pushing ourselves just a little bit farther than our brain wants us to go.
I hope you all have your goals in mind for the upcoming year. I started CrossFit Thumos with the intent of teaching people how to push themselves past their perceived limits and get them in the best shape of their lives. I’ve done this with many people in the past, and I hope I can help you reach your goals as well. Sign up here for a free trial, and see how CrossFit can help you!
Here’s to a great 2015! Make this year a year you tell stories about for decades to come!