How To Reach Your Goals and Measure Your Success
When it comes to improving fitness, performance, or anything athletic, it is important to have a goal. When tracking your progress it’s extremely gratifying to look back at what you’ve achieved and it will inspire you to set bigger, more ambitious, goals.
When starting to improve your fitness you want to ‘get in shape’ and ‘become healthier’. These unfortunately are not ‘goals’ and are not particularly motivating. How will you know when you’re ‘fit’? How will you know you’re doing the right things? How will you know that any of it is working?
The answer: set specific goals and measure your progress.
We measure our successes by writing things down. At first it didn’t seem worthwhile for our weekly workout routine, but we were wrong. Seeing what we’ve completed helps us push harder and progress faster. Seeing our progress in black and white is motivating in a way we’d never had before.
Our most recent goal was completing the 100 push up challenge. It seemed ambitious when we started, but now that we’ve completed it we’re ready for our next goal. Achieving 100 push ups has taught us that things like running a marathon or completing an iron man are no longer just for super humans. There are simple, straightforward training programs to get you there. All it takes is hard work and dedication.
Our parkour training is progressing in a similar way: we set goals and fight to achieve them. We’ve progressed from strolling down the sidewalk to 9 foot wall climbs, from walking beside bike racks to vaulting overtop of them, from sitting on benches to jumping over them, and there’s still more to come.
When you set a goal, make it a priority and have a plan to get there and then you can achieve it. It’s a great feeling to look back on how far you’ve come, and the good news is you can keep going as long as you want. There’s always something new to try; a tougher race, a heavier weight, or longer swims. The next level is always there waiting.
If you’re not working towards a goal, how will you know when you achieve fitness? Choose what you want and go and get it!