“A goal without a plan is just a wish” -Antoine de Saint-Euxpéry
It’s about that time of year again. The old year is coming to a close and the beginning of a new one is right around the corner. Now is the time people start making New Year’s resolutions. I’ll admit, I have made New Year’s resolutions before, but like most people’s they end up failing quick. I realized that resolutions are far too complex. For the most part, resolutions are made out of high hopes but are far too difficult to achieve and end up going unresolved. Instead, I think that setting goals rather than resolutions are less scary and easier to accomplish. Here is breakdown of how to set and accomplish your goals for you to be a more successful, accomplished person in 2018 and beyond, along with my personal goals for 2018.
Setting Your Goals-
I have learned that setting goals is very easy, anybody can do it. Where most people get it wrong is setting unrealistic goals. You have to set your goals with the end in mind. Envisioning your goals before you set them is huge. Here is another article I wrote that pairs well with seeing your goals. Visualization. If you can’t see yourself accomplishing that goal, write it down anyways. Instead of just keeping that goal, along with your other goals, set them up in a stairway like fashion. For example if your goal is to bench 300lbs, set that goal at the top and write at least 2 other lesser pound goals for bench, like 250lbs and 275lbs. Having these subgoals will still give you a sense of accomplishment, but keeping you hungry to ultimately check off your top goal. This is a technique I learned this year that allowed me to not get stuck in a rut when it seemed like I was far off my goal.
Accountability and Accomplishing Your Goals-
Like I said before, it is easy to set goals and anybody can do it. However, not everyone can successfully accomplish their goals. A big key to successfully accomplishing your goals is physically seeing them. Setting them as your phone home screen and writing them on a whiteboard are what I do. That way I see them every day and am constantly reminded of them. On top of seeing your goals, you need to find somebody to hold you accountable for them. Some good examples of people who will hold you accountable could be your parents, best friend, significant other, co worker, or anybody who will support you.
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from a French author from the early 1900’s, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He said “A goal without a plan is just a wish” and this could not be more true. If you don’t have a plan, your goals are worthless. Nobody has ever wished anything into existence. Goals are accomplished by making a plan and executing that plan.
My 2018 Goals-
In 2017, I never really set goals until this summer, but they were strictly weight based. I was able to accomplish them using the steps I outlined above, but this year I don’t want to limit my goals to just the gym. I have the perfect group of friends that support me and will hold me accountable.
- I want to have a 1250lb. total while squatting 500 lbs
- I want to be a more rounded athlete, adding some olympic lifts as well as crossfit WODS to my workout regimen.
- I want to be more consistent and organized. I often get side tracked and overwhelmed, and being consistent and organized will help me be more successful.
- Lastly, I want to read more. I just recently started reading, something I have never really enjoyed, but it has greatly improved my daily life.