- I want to lose weight
- I want to be healthy
- I want to go to the CrossFit Games
- I want to win a competition
- These are all goals, decently defined ones at that too.
People often ask us how some of the people got to be so successful?
As coaches we don’t do anything different with the high level athletes vs the general population. We serve a role as coach to both groups of people. We are a friend, confidant, teacher, leader, advisor, mentor, counselor, psychologist, programmer, nerd, motivator, therapist, listener…
Now back to the first question – how? Simple: they set very specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound GOALS. Once those are set, they consistently put one foot in front of the other to achieve those goals.
That bears repeating another way:
- They set SMART goals
- They are consistent in working towards them every.single.day.
Up at the top of the post, I carefully chose my words “these are all goals, decently defined ones at that too.” I did that to draw attention to the fact that while those do seem like well thought out goals, they serve more as a starting point than an end. They can, and should, be much more clearly defined.
The thing about goals is they have to have six components to really be effective.
S – specific (ex: if you want to “be healthy”, what does that mean?)
M – measurable (ex: how much weight do you want to lose?)
A – attainable (ex: saying you want to be an Olympic swimmer when you can’t even swim means it probably ain’t in the cards for ya…)
R – relevant (ex: if you’re training to be a soccer player, there is no need to practice throwing a baseball)
T – time bound (ex: WHEN will you achieve this goal? Not “in a few months”…what day specifically?)
Then comes the hard part, actually taking action toward achieving them.
Oh, you’re probably wondering where the sixth component of goals is, right? Here’s it is: you need to have an emotional attachment to it. This means that its something that gets you riled up, stirs passion from deep within to keep you going when the going gets tough. This piece makes sure you have “skin in the game”, that its something worth fighting for, something that is for YOU.
But here’s the reality – everyone, even CrossFit Games competitors and gold-medal-winning World Champions in weightlifting come across “life” that threatens to derail them. What do I mean by life?
Surprise family visits
Lack of money
Gym being closed
Wreck slowing down your morning commute
Long days at the office
Election results (wait, did I just go there?)
Death in the family
Work got in the way
Training in austere environments
Not getting enough sleep
Scared of the workout
Lack of time
You know what I mean yet? All these things that people constantly use as an excuse for why they aren’t getting what they want in life – reasons why they can’t make it to the gym or eat well.
All that stuff is life.
And all that stuff is a part of everyone’s life!
The people who are the most successful in the world, who achieve their goals, who capture their dreams, are no different than you or I. They just don’t let any of that stuff, “life”, get in the way of them getting what they want. They know its just part of the journey…and they’re prepared to deal with those things when they do pop up. They have a plan!
It really boils down to one simple question: how badly do you want it? Achieving the goals you set for yourself won’t be easy.
What the question is meant to find out is ‘are you willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary to achieve your goals?’ If that answer is no, then let’s not waste each others time.
But what about YOU?
Ok, so now we need to help you come up with your goals and an action plan for achieving them. Don’t fret – your goals don’t need to be lofty performance ones, or weight loss ones, or muscle gain ones…those are all great and cool and fun…but only if they are relevant to YOU; thats what matters! We pursue and celebrate the successes that are relevant to each individual. Moving on…
I’m going to make this real easy – I’m going to lead by example and show you how its done.
- First, I establish my SMART goal: To meet with each and every member we have for a 30-minute goal setting session by the end of January 2019.
- Next, how will I achieve it? I put a link to my schedule so that each of you can book your private appointment with me or another coach for a time that is convenient for you.
- Lastly, how do I know when I’ve achieved it? Simple: I’ve put a check mark next to every members name.
But wait a minute, what about the emotional part…what’s in this for me? Well that’s easy – I get to help each of you set out on a path to achieve your goals.
Finally, the follow-up: Accountability is a huge thing. When more people, other than just you, know that you’re gunning for something special, a funny thing will happen: they’ll rally in your corner and keep you going.
In addition to the check-ins when we see you in class, or out and about, (or via FB stalking), I promise you this: every three months, you’ll be hearing from me to come and sit down again to see how you’re getting along. We’ll evaluate how your plan is coming together, tweak anything that needs it, and keep you moving forward.
So…what does all this cost? Only our most valuable asset: time.
Will you make the time? 2019 is just around the corner…