Ah, the start of January, a time where gyms see an influx of hopefuls from all age ranges enter their doors. The problem is many of these ‘newbies’ don’t stick around for long and often feel intimidated, confused or lost when it comes to getting started. The fitness world can be a daunting place but those who decide to stick around reap the benefits.
Being ‘fit’ has a plethora of pros’, a more aesthetic exterior and a well-oiled machine of a body on the inside. Why wouldn’t you want to give it a go? The journey may not always be as inviting as the images you see on Instagram but it will sure be worth it. However, getting to the stage you want to be at requires you to answer one question…
What is your goal?
Your goal is your driving force, this is your sole purpose for beginning this journey and with it you can envision what you hope to achieve. You may have high hopes of transforming your body from slob to shredded (and it is possible and has been done many times before!) or you may just want to lose a couple of pounds to tone up for the summer.
Either way, having this goal in mind will determine what approach you need to take when it comes to your training, nutrition and lifestyle in general. You can set your goal as high as you want – as the quote goes, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among stars”.
With a goal in mind you can draw on its power at times you feel weak or require motivation. Previously I have had moments where I am struggling to get that last rep and I think of the goal I want to achieve and managed to find the strength within myself to get it. On those days you question why you bother, you can draw on your goal once again to remind you why you just performed multiple bouts of hill sprints or why you struggle to make any use of your posterior chain after hitting legs.
There are plenty of motivational speakers out there that re-iterate this message, one of the more famous speakers is Eric Thomas who asks you to “find your ‘why'”. His speech can be found here but in a nutshell, he asks you to find the reason you are doing what you are doing and use this to push you beyond any limits you thought were possible – even referencing that when you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe then you’ll be successful, which is a quote that can be applied to anything in life, not just fitness.
Find your goal, keep it in mind and draw on it when you need a reminder of why you’re here. Having a goal helps you to visualise what you want to achieve, keeping you constantly reminded of what you need to do to be where you want to be.