We all have goals, ambitions, and dreams. Whether we can clearly describe what it is we want or not, there are always natural hungers within us that exist relating to the various human needs: physiological; safety; belonging; esteem; and self-actualization.
Fitness goals are more so a reflection of any and all of these needs, in some shape or form. A fitness journey itself is the process of optimizing a lifestyle for the physiological demands of the human body. Having a strong body brings us an increased daily function and an overall sense of security. Along the way, a heightened level of fitness also creates a better self-image and leads to us feeling more accepted and wanted by our fellow humans. Lastly, the goal itself is a result of our ability to self-actualize who we are versus who we have the potential to be.
Whether a person has general fitness improvement goals, or they are a high level athlete striving for a specific performance, it is important for them to remember that there is a gap between where they want to be and where they are now — hence the goal exists in the first place. This may seem like an obvious point but it is an important notion to remember because the difference between a person who will achieve their goal and the person who will not, is the ability or willingness of that person to recognize and accept their starting point — who they are at any given moment.
Recognizing the goal is only the first step. In order to set out on a viable path toward that goal, a person must:
accept their current reality and define the differences between that and their ideal reality.
define the gaps in behavior between their current character and the character of the person whom would inevitably receive their desired results.
understand the practical steps to implementing the habits that are missing from the desired character — considering along the way, that education and meaning are vital to longevity in adapting those habits.
continuously evaluate progress, redefine short to mid-term objectives, and completely shift the perspective that they hold of their own shortcomings from a place of subjective, emotional dwelling to a more objective framework which will allow them to understand how the failure was more a product of their lack of experience than it was a inadequacy as a person. Thus, showing them the solution to their success is non-other than more practice, more attempts, and more education.
The Weekly Pregame, is a developing project that aims to define a very clear and concise weekly planning framework that should take individuals no more than 20 minutes per weekend. This 20 minutes is used to take inventory on long term goals, short term productivity, and general progress so that time can be placed in the next week’s calendar and the process visualized to create a situation where success is consistently and effectively planned for.