I have talked about this before – it is important to have goals. This is an essential part of the mental game that is inherent with working out. Unless you are jogging around or are going on a nice barefoot run (those are always fun to do) then you have to fight yourself mentally to keep going.
THE best way to keep in the game is to have a goal set. Here is a list of the goals I have had in the last several years:
#1 – in the beginning I had the easy goal of learning the new exercises such as Turkish Get-ups.
#2 – I tried to master some gymnastic moves such as a Back Lever, Handstand, and an Elbow Lever. I practiced these for a warm-up before every workout. I used Pavel Tsatsouline’s theory of Grease the Groove to get better at these. By the way, I never did mast them well, but I still can do a decent Elbow Lever years later.
#3 – I spent some time increasing my strength with Turkish Get-ups and Deadlifts.
#4 – I ended up without a goal for a long time, but focused instead on training others and sharing more and more at the gym at my work. I learned a lot during this period on training around injuries and dealing with people of all fitness levels.
#5 – About a year ago I really stepped up my At-Home workouts and spent time mastering the Slosh Tube and the Clubbell, among others.
#6 – oh yeah, every year I let vanity help me and I work hard to get into shape for my winter vacation trips. Hey, don’t judge it until you try it!
#7 – I now have 2 new goals. The first goal is to fix my posture by the end of the summer. I recently wrote a post on this. I also wrote a post about the upcoming videos I need to shoot of new exercises, so again I will let vanity and my ego kick in and I am planning on working hard to be able to be in good form for the videos. I would hate to film myself doing them improperly due to being full of beer, donuts, and pizza!!
Whever you goal is, without one I guarantee that you will struggle harder to keep in the mental game.
So what are some of your goals you have had? Feel free to share them with us. Just leave a comment on the post.