I’m sure most of you are
more mature, better planners, more patient, than I have been for the last
56 years, however my biggest frustration when I first starting lifting
weights is that I didn’t see immediate results…I mean now! Today!
Eventually I would get bored and gradually my workouts would dwindle down
Then one year, I got a
notice in the mail about a class reunion coming up in several months. I
became a motivated lifter, runner, and dieter, until that event. My
energy level was instantly elevated and it showed. My former classmates
noticed and I liked the recognition.
After the reunion though,
I slid back into bad habits, less motivation, less excitement about
working out, more chips, more dip, and it showed…that is until my buddies
from college invited me on a canoe trip down the Buffalo River in Arkansas
for several days.
Back to the weight room,
back to the track, hit the protein, watch the carbs and sugars…I couldn’t
go down to the river and take my shirt off in front of my buddies and not
be in shape…it wasn’t going to happen! More motivation…a goal…a specific
date of an upcoming event…produced a sense of urgency, and has kept me
motivated since that time.
Setting short term goals
has worked form me. I always try to work out for an upcoming event, and
then work hard to find out what next event I can work out for next.
Sometimes I have to get creative, however for the most part there is
always something on your calender down the road, where you want to look
Weekends at the Lake
The events are irrelevant
as long as they produce the results.
Keeping your goals short
term also allows you to change you workout, which is very important
physiologically and psychologically. Physiologically, your muscles need
the transitions from heavy weight, low reps, to light weight, high reps.
You also need to mix up your combinations…Going 12-16 weeks of
Chest and Biceps on a
Legs and Shoulders on a
Back and Triceps on a
Then switching up when
you set your next event short-term goal to…
These changes really help
hit different muscles different ways, which really helps you eventually
hit them with a lot of variation for better results. Psychologically it
keeps you from getting bored and doing the same old lifts, the same old
way, getting the same old results.
Short term goals can help
with diet also. Every time you reach for a piece of pizza, when you know
you have an upcoming event, something in your head will say, Absolutely
Not! The only thing this pizza is going to grow is your ass! Go get a
piece of chicken or turkey somewhere and Eat Right!
Eating is Psychological.
I am in the Food Business and go to 14-20 Food Shows a year, however I can
go to a 3 day show and never eat one bite of the 200 booths of samples at
the show…because I have an event coming up, a goal, an opportunity…I don’t
need that junk! Six meals a day of the right stuff…high protein, low
carbohydrates, no sugar…is just as important as the exercise…don’t think
you can’t out-eat your exercise…take a look around…people are doing it
everywhere, everyday. Your short term goal is more important than that
Last but not least…when
you fall off the wagon, miss a workout, eat a piece of pizza, you have got
to mentally reconcile, and get back on the program, immediately! You
can’t just say, well it’s over, I quit. You have got to start from that
moment working on your short-term goal again, and Make It Happen!
Our National Sales
Meeting is coming up in January…after that we have a company trip in May
to Cabo San Lucas and a company Food Show in June…what’s your next short
term goal to present yourself in the best Physical condition possible?
Try Short Term Goals…they Work!