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Enjoy the process, don’t fixate on the goal

Goals are important. They are hugely important when it comes to achieving anything of value:

 

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Without a goal or set of goals in any given venture, you can’t achieve much of anything.  A clearly defined goal allows a clear path to be followed and progress to be made. The challenge, I believe, is in setting a goal that scares you a little, that isn’t easy to achieve and that pulls you out of your comfort zone enough to create a change that lasts.

I also believe that the process of achieving that goal is  possibly the most important part of the whole thing.

When I started at the gym I work in, I had a mighty deadlift of 140kg (about 308lbs i think) for 3 reps. I was reasonably happy there but I knew I wasn’t anywhere near what can be considered strong in deadlifting circles. I wanted more. So I set myself a target of 200kg, not sure if I could manage it or not and I gave myself a year to get it. So I broke it down to smaller steps, adjusting my programming to find what worked for me and what didn’t,  worked hard and eventually got it.

Once I hit it though, it was, dare I say it, an anticlimax. No balloons, no celebrations, no high 5s from everyone in the gym. It happened and now I’ve just hit 225 on my way to 250kgs.

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What I did get from training for that target number was more valuable:

The sense of achievement was minimal, but the lessons learned on what works and what doesn’t have been huge.

Knowing that bad training sessions happen once in a while but its not the end of the world and you bounce right back the next week.

Sometimes you just need to take a week off.

You can always push beyond what you think of as your limits.

That the process of achieving is often more important than the end result because the lessons learned can be used to fuel your journey towards other goals.

People often seem to get caught up in a final result, an ideal body, a perfect weight, a performance measurement or whatever but never give much thought about what it is that gets them there or, at any rate, on their way there.

Without getting too philosophical about the whole thing, learn to enjoy the training process, test your limits, take a week off from heavy lifting now and again, celebrate milestones and have some fun with it all.

Enjoy the process

Stay strong

Dave

 

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The 3 Ms of success

Success, particularly long term success, in your fitness is often difficult to achieve. Fat loss, muscle gain, better movement and any other facet of fitness takes time, effort and consistency. Sure, we all know someone who, or have experience ourselves, of short term quick success only to stall, or worse, regress in our achievements.

Even without the quick success, finding the route to our goals is often a challenge, that when success isn’t forthcoming, we view it as failure.

It isn’t. It’s just that you haven’t found the way that works for you. Yet…

 

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I believe that there are 3 ingredients to success in your fitness journey,

Motivation: What is your why? Why do you get into the gym and train your ass off 3 or 4 times per week? If you are a runner, why do you go running? No, seriously, Why…?! 😉

What do you get out of your training? And I don’t mean you get slimmer, or better abz or stronger or any other health benefits you get, but what does that mean for you? Confidence? Accomplishment?

Find your why and you are already set up for success!

Method: How are you going to set about making your why happen? I’m a massive fan of strength training, and if you stick around on this blog a while, that will become more and more obvious! But if going in to the gym, maybe for the first time fills you with terror and confidence is an issue, then that isn’t going to be a good starting point for you, simply because you won’t enjoy going and your consistency will fail. Find what works for you.

Find a good coach or personal trainer and get started with bodyweight. Learn good techniques and gym etiquette , progress the weights steadily, strength will develop, as will confidence, progress is inevitable. If you currently do nothing anything is a step forward with consistent effort!

Means: If you decide on a program that calls on you to travel way out of your way to the most state of the art gym in the area, perform advanced lifts 4 times a week, combined with sprints twice a day 2 days a week, eat 7 meals a day to “boost your metabolism” and worship He who should not be Named on your day off, but you can only spare 4x 45min sessions a week and you’re on a limited budget. Work schedules mean that you can’t eat 7 small meals a day, (who you worship is entirely up to you …) then success probably is gonna be hard to get. Keep it simple, work with what you have, and progress as and when you can and stay consistent.

Success will follow. Guaranteed.

Stay strong

Dave

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