Goal setting, especially in the sport of CrossFit, is HUGE. However, a lot of people don’t utilize it like they should be. It can be extremely effective and helps provide a specific purpose or focus for what you are doing currently and what you hope to be doing in the future. Setting goals helps create structure when working towards something every day. Without goals, you aren’t working with purpose to achieve anything and can end up off track or losing motivation.
There’s a few steps that I believe are necessary and useful when you wish to identify goals, set goals, and put those goals into action.
1. Values - You must identify what your core values are. Ideally, your goals should match up with your values, not steer away from them. These two go hand-in-hand.
2. Figure out what your desired outcome is & set a goal - You must start by figuring out what it is you want to achieve at the end of the goal so that you know where to put all of your focus. You have to be specific and detailed. Setting a broad and general goal leaves a lot of room for distraction and confusion. Once you figure this part it, it’s time to set a goal.
3. Write down your goal in an important place/somewhere you can see it daily - Making your goal a written statement that you can reread every day provides you with the daily remind to stay focused with your efforts. When you don’t write down your goal, it tends to become forgotten or pushed to the back of your list of priorities. Even sharing your goal with someone (for example: your coach at your local gym or a family member) can help keep you accountable.
4. Set a deadline - As I said above, you have to be specific when setting your goals. When you set a deadline, it gives you a timeline of the process and steps you must take to accomplish that goal. It also provides motivation to stay on track to reach that deadline. Even using specific times or amounts is useful. For example, I could set a goal to life a heavy snatch. That isn’t very specific is it? A better goal would be “I want to snatch my bodyweight in pounds by the end of November.” This goal is more specific and allows me to create a timeline of training and check my progress towards the goal throughout the following weeks.
5. Figure out the specifics - HOW are you going to accomplish your goal? It’s easy to set a specific goal and get excited to work towards it but what next? You have to identify what you are specifically going to do to achieve the goal. For example, if I wanted to run a mile in 6:00 by the end of October, I would write out how I was going to attack that goal. I could write out a training schedule that I was going to run a mile every Monday and Thursday for the next few weeks until the end of October. I could also arrange a running buddy to run with me on those days so that I am help accountable. You get the point.
6. Relating to what I just said above, get SUPPORT - I just talked about finding a running buddy to run with you so that you always show up and put in the work. Ask your family/coach/gym friends to support you in the goal you set by checking in with you, making sure you are sticking to your plan, and provide you with encouragement. These people should want you see you succeed and be happy to help push you to be better and stay focused. You don’t want to surround yourself with people who minimize your goals or provide distraction. Negative people in our lives are toxic. We become who we surround ourselves with, remember that.
The 6 above ideas have helped me set goals that are actually attainable and can help you do the same! All it takes is the motivation and inspiration to start. Once you set a goal, be focused, make a plan, and pursue your goals with passion and fire. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from becoming all you hope to become.
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