“How can a man hit a target that he cannot see? Good question, but here’s another one: How can a man hit a target that he does not have?” – Art Williams
Goals; They are the difference between strategically planned success, and mindlessly wandering around with an idea in your head of what you want.
Think about the last time you said you really wanted something. You might even still wake up and think about that thing that you really want. Got that thing? Good. Now, think about something that maybe you didn’t want so bad, but it still had a deadline that it needed to be done by…
We can all relate to this through the torture that we all were forced to go through – SCHOOL!
So now, think about this: why did that assignment that you didn’t even really want to do, whether it be a project or whatever, get turned in on time? Why did you rush to do it? Even if you waited until the last minute, you probably got it in. Why did you do that?
Ill tell you why – because it had a deadline! Even though it was set by someone else for you, it was a type of goal. There was a set date, a set time, and a very specific task that needs to be done. If that can be done on a goal that you didn’t even really feel passionate about, that you really didn’t even want to do, imagine the power of those same goals with something that you love doing and are passionate about.
Examples like this are everywhere. Whenever your car messed up last time and you needed it for work, class, or the gym, what did you do?? You had it fixed by the time you needed it. Did you necessarily want to spend the money or the time in order to get it done? Hell no, but you needed it done! Because of that and because of the fact that you needed it done by a certain time, you found a way.
This can be applied to everything in life – especially in fitness. The only difference is you have to be able to set that goal yourself, instead of having it set for you.
The self discipline – that’s what needs to change. That’s what needs developing. The discipline to just set your own goal, your own deadline – and hit it every time.
I’m about a month into setting small goals for myself, and have been more productive in the last month, than I have been in all of the months of this year, combined.
Do yourself a favor, and learn to set these goals. If not, what are you really? You’re nothing more than a driver, driving a car that’s far more capable than you think, but with no destination, therefore no direction. Would you even get in your car if you had nowhere to go, or somewhere to go but with no clue how to get there? No, you wouldn’t.
So stop wanting something but not laying out directions for yourself. Set goals, crush them, rinse and repeat.
It’s that easy. Go Fucking Do It!