5 Ways to Stay True to Yourself and Your Personal Goals
By Coach Josh | February 16, 2016
We all struggle with certain aspects of life. Whether it’s eating healthy on a weekend night or waking up at 5am to make it to the 6am workout. Sometimes you will feel like it would be easier to just say “screw it, there’s always tomorrow”. I’m here to tell you that, while it may seem to be easier in the short term, that’s the hard way out.
Here are 5 tips to help you live the life you want, regardless of what anyone else says:
You know you will spend the time thinking about it anyways, why not spend that time actually doing it?
1. If your dream is to have a six pack or be in shape enough to run around with your kids, it’s the kind of thing that you will find yourself daydreaming about. Write a note to yourself, put it in your wallet or hang it on the wall in your office. Put it somewhere you will see it often. This is what I want it to say: WORK FOR IT. That’s it. So when you find yourself zoning out and thinking about the life you want, I want you to see your note and STOP DAYDREAMING AND WORK FOR IT.
Get a buddy!
2. Studies have shown that accountability is one of the strongest predictors of success. Find someone who will get your butt out of bed at 5:30am to go to the gym, or find someone to spend your Friday night with instead of going out to the bars. We all have moments when we lose sight of our goal, but knowing someone is counting on you will make all the difference towards keeping you on the path to success.
Surround yourself with supportive and healthy relationships
3. Do you find that waking up to workout in the morning is hard because you don’t actually go to bed until midnight? Perhaps it’s time to make some changes with the people you surround yourself with. Many people, college students especially, don’t have the luxury of being able to just up and leave, but there are measures you can take to make staying true to yourself easier. Get a buddy (see above). Find a group of folks who share your vision and who will be there to support you. CrossFit is known for it’s great community and welcoming atmosphere. We have seen it all and many of us have been right where you are now.
Write your goals down
4. Trust me. Whether your goal is to string together 20 double unders or to finish your degree within the next year, writing down your goal and assigning a date to it’s completion will keep you on track. Break your goal down into managable chunks. If you want to string together 20 double unders, first work on building up the coordination and stamina to do 100 single unders unbroken. Then try to get a mixture of double unders and single unders. Breaking your goal into managable chunks will keep you on track and assigning a date will give you a tangible measure of success.
5. Make sure you are having a good time. If you are constantly feeling depleted or exhausted, maybe it’s time for a change of pace. If you like to go for long runs but just getting out the door is a struggle, try biking one day a week instead. If you are really strict about your diet, take an afternoon and just enjoy some good food and company. Life is a journey and there is no magical destination we are trying to reach. Find happiness in the process and you will be happy.