I have set different goals at different times in my life. When I was in my teens and early adulthood I just wanted to be really thin. As I matured mentally and learned more about health, I changed that goal. I developed a strong desire to be strong and to look like it. I began to want noticeable definition and in recent years I developed a desire to have noticeable deltoids, specifically deltoids. As we achieve our goals, we need to reassess our methodology and our thinking to determine what we really want. If we are clear in our desires, our goals will be crystal clear. We will work harder to achieve those goals and they will become a reality. Now, with noticeable deltoids, my latest craze is to deadlift and squat 200 pounds. I’m in hot pursuit of that goal. It’s hard for me and if I don’t define that goal and push in that direction, it won’t happen.
As I began to make progress over the past year, I have made changes along the way depending on how my body has responded to my current program. I have recently returned to Intermittent Fasting to continue to sculpt and strengthen. When I eat all my calories in an 8 hour window I’m fully fueled to lift at the end of that period. The sixteen hours that I’m not eating allows my body time to eliminate excess fluid and sodium and I begin to look a little more defined. I also burn through the calories that I’ve eaten with nothing to store so I wind up a little lighter on the scale and looking a little more lean.
When we assess our progress towards goals we get to know our bodies and develop lifelong skills for managing our health. We learn how to measure our success and make the necessary changes in order to continue to make progress. Self assessment is a strong motivational tool. We must be willing to make changes that are appropriate to meet our goals. As we get closer to those goals, our work may get harder so we must be realistic in our goal setting without setting the standard too low. If our goal is just a little high, we will push harder. If it’s too high, we will get discouraged. Push yourself and be realistic.
In order to have continued success we must take responsibility for our success or failure. If we fall short it’s something we did, not anyone else. However, when we meet a goal, it’s because we have been faithful to our program. Whatever happens, own it. Be responsible. You are the only one who can change any part of your world. Take responsibility and make the changes that you need to make to reach your goals.
Develop a growth mindset. People with this trait believe that body characteristics and health issues are not fixed. They believe that they can be changed through effort and persistence. They have a desire to improve and actively seek out learning opportunities. The blog here is a great learning opportunity, stay with us! These growth minded people push themselves and develop effective learning strategies in order to continue to make progress towards their goals.
People who achieve their goals willingly take on challenges and think about strategies that worked for them in the past. With time they learn how to apply those strategies to the challenge at hand which results in increased strength and resiliency. Resiliency is mandatory in a lifetime journey to optimum health because life happens. Every day is not ideal to reaching our goals. Developing resiliency is necessary.
Never be content to stay the same. If we are not pushing to go higher, we will fall down. I was at a comfortable goal as defined by the major weight loss company that I worked for at the time and over about 1 year I began to lose strength and muscle simply by thinking that where I was in my fitness was “good enough”. It was not good enough and after a year of thinking that it was, I began to lose even that. Thank God I found David’s Way and bumped up my program. It has completely changed my life. There is no “good enough”.
There are goals to reach and seemingly impossible achievements to attain. Get on board. We will be with you every step of the way.