Goals create purpose. Goals generate momentum. Goals get us out of bed and into the gym on the days that we may not feel like training. Goals make us accountable to ourselves and others.
No matter the motivation, goals are extremely important. Be they performance, aesthetic, or lifestyle-based, nothing is off limits. Nothing is too big or too small. Goals will inevitably bring us full circle with the concept that in order to get to where we want to go, we will indeed experience discomfort. It may, at times, be inconvenient. We will have to grow physically, mentally, spiritually to accomplish any task of significant meaning.
A piece of the equation often missed in an athlete’s development isn’t failure to complete a goal. Interestingly enough, the reason the train stops for most of us is because we fail to set more goals in the aftermath of accomplishment. The journey of fitness, of performance, of becoming the best we can possibly be with talents we’ve been given, is on going and ever evolving.
In order for us to maximize our potential, we must consistently challenge ourselves to keep pushing and stretching our limits above and beyond where were originally. In doing so, we ensure that we are better today than we were yesterday, or a week ago, or last year.
As we push through goal after goal, we need to make sure that we stop, take a breath, and appreciate how far we’ve come. It is easy in those moments of inconvenience and discomfort to lose traction. The irony is that if we take a look at the tools we’ve had to accumulate, the person we’ve been required to become, we will realize that in that moment, we are trying to do something our old-self would not be prepared to even attempt back then. There is pride to be found in those moments.