Life is great when everything seems to be going your way. Your health is good, you are happy, full of energy, full of life, and all is well with the world, right? Well, this is not a very real statement for everyone. For many, life is turned upside down, there is no energy and nothing seems to be in order. When this is the state of an individual, what do you suppose suffers first? For many, it goes unrealized how outside interference also interferes with what happens on the inside; that is, when you let "feelings" control your decisions. For example, you may not "feel" like working out today; you may not "feel" that you are making any progress in the gym; you may not "feel" that you will be able to maintain your fitness goals, and the list goes on and on. The problem here is "focus". Without focus, you will be unable to work toward any "goal" with any degree of success.
In order to set a goal, you have to focus on it. You have to be willing to do what it takes to accomplish it. If you are not focused, you lose sight of the goal and when you do, it soon disappears..How can you accomplish a goal if you are not focused on it? The answer is, you can't. So if you are unable to move forward, uninspired, unenthused and wondering what's going on, here is your reason why.
While it's true that you may have started out on fire with a specific goal or set of goals to accomplish, what happens for many is they don't set their goals high enough, hit them and then have nowhere else to go. Another reason that may be familiar to a lot of people is that the goal is too vague and doesn't carry enough meaning to accomplish; therefore, you won't know what you are striving for because it's just not clear enough to define. Lastly, many people set their goals too high and it becomes impossible to reach them. While a goal should not necessarily have a "cap" on it, it should be realistic and attainable.
Goals are what keep you getting up each morning. Simply having a purpose for being is a goal in itself. Your focus comes in when you set your mind on whatever the task is for that moment, that hour, that day.
Do you ever wonder why some people incorporate training into their lives as easily as breathing air and others bounce back and forth like a rubber ball? It's as simple as focus verses the lack thereof. A sure indication that there is no goal is the inconsistency of the individual. Where there is inconsistency, there is lack of focus. Without the two, you simply accomplish nothing.
So what's the best way to become consistent?
- Write it down! That's it. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, put it on paper. Why? Because when you can see it, it becomes more than a thought, it becomes real, tangible. In fact, when you can see it, it will make more sense and seem more believable for you to work on. However, it's not just enough to put it on paper, you have to also nurture the goal, look at it everyday, sometimes even tweak it, but it has to be attended to.
- Enlarge your mental vision! Your mind has tremendous power over what you actually accomplish in your training and in your life. The way you think and what you believe has just as much power to harm your progress as it has to harness it. This is why it is such a good idea to keep people in your corner who are helpful and encouraging, and also people you can learn from and aspire to for progress. When you have the positives around you, you are more likely to move forward, remain focused and accomplish your goals.
- Expect obstacles and move through them! Training will not always go as smoothly as you would like. Things get in the way. Sometimes you are tired, sick, injured, or have outside circumstances that may prevent you from staying on task. Don't panic. It's okay! These are setbacks. When you accept the fact that they will be there sometimes, it then becomes easier to deal with and work through. In order to stay focused, continue to review your plan and just detour around what blocks you. You will soon find yourself back on the right path.
With setting goals and staying focused, you will learn a great deal about yourself. But the most interesting of all is the strength you build in journeying through the process.