June Goals: Hard Work and Success from Beginning to End

Six months ago, many of us set goals for the goals board. Some of you set one year goals and some set shorter term goals. Either way, it was something you had to ponder, and through a clever blog post, you were all well on your way, i.e. picture taken and goals posted! Here we are six months later, and some of you are well on your way to achieving your goals. Some of you surpassed it (and need to set a new one), and some of you are thinking you set out for something too high and nearly impossible.  

If you think of goal achievement as a work-to-pay analogy, you will get paid for the work you do at your job. Realistically, you will not get paid for work that you do not actually do. Similarly, the work you put in towards your goals will be paid, or shown, with progress or success of achieving certain goals. You will most likely not achieve, or make proper progress towards your goals if you do not work diligently towards them. However, unlike your work, if you fall behind on your goals, you will not be able to play catch up as easy as you could with work; working over-time, bringing work home, etc. The body is more complicated, and often times trying to do “more” in order to catch up, can have a reverse effect.

Let’s spend the month of June reflecting on our last six months in regards to your work-to-pay ratio. In your case, the work is time in the gym, eating healthy, sleeping well, and taking care of your body. The pay is how much progress you’ve made towards your goals! If you haven’t already, start journaling what you eat and when, your workouts/performance, and any reflective subjective thoughts about your days. For those of you working with Lindsay, this journal will help her a lot with your nutritional guidance. For those of you working the strength program, it will help you see the work to revenue ratio MUCH clearer!

Now, what would this blog post be without a 3, 2, 1, GO!? Pretty much useless! So here’s what we suggest:

1) Get a journal

Start journaling! It’s a healthy habit. If you must use your notes in your phone, that is fine, but nothing helps you to slow down and reflect better than writing/ journaling.  Need help with your log? Ask Jeff, as he doesn’t mind sharing what/how he logs. Just don’t get upset if your name is in there and he's picking on you, just kidding.

2) Revisit your goals

Ask the coaches, “Hey, did I shoot too high or too low?” and be honest with yourself! An example from Jeff's own reflection: "My goal in 2016 was to do a full split. I worked on my side split five times a week in January, and three times a week in February. So then in 2017, my goal was again, to do a full split, BECAUSE I ONLY PUT IN 40 hours of split work over the course of a year!"

3) Understand the ebs and flows

Jeff told someone the other day, “Your progress should look like a good stock trend: lots of ups and downs (also due to our periodized program with 3-load/1-deload week), but generally always trending up, like any good stock, a 52-week high, or maybe two (these would be absolute PRs, like 6-month and 1-year goals).

4) Support

Support each other and ask others to support you. If your goal is coming to the gym four days a week, get the names and numbers of people with similar goals or people who are awesome at daily attendance and communicate with them for encouragement. If your goal is to squat 200kgs, partner up with the big dogs and push yourself when squatting.

5) At the end of the day, make sure your goal is right for you.

Talk to your coaches, explain your goals and make sure you’re taking the proper steps to achieve goals that will benefit you!