Goal setting is considered an integral part of pursuing health and fitness.
There are countless books, articles, videos, podcasts, and other resources about how to set goals.
All sorts of acronyms, exercises, and processes to help us out.
We get specific about the change we want to see.
Put a measurable value on it.
Write it down.
Pin it on a wall.
To lose X pounds by Y date.
To increase our bench press by Z%.
To see such and such blood marker return to the normal range.
Then we attack.
We go after that goal with laser focus.
Nothing else matters.
We’re on a mission.
This goal myopia might work for some folks.
Athletes, most notably.
But is there a downside to all of this goal setting?
Can we lose sight of why we set the goal in the first place?
So caught up in the goal itself that we forget why it even matters?
That we lose motivation?
Or drag on, miserably?
At times like this, consider asking yourself “why”?
Take a step back and work to remember what set you on this path in the first place.
Why do you want to lose weight?
…or get stronger?
…or live longer?
What do these goals mean to you?
What value do they offer?
Why do they matter?
Is it weight loss, strength, and longevity you seek?
Or the life you create as you pursue them?
The person you become?
Sometimes we get so caught up in the tool.
Or the metric.
That we lose sight of what we’re really after.
A meaningful life.
Free to pursue our calling.
To experience every breath.
To move, laugh, and leave it all on the table.
Unencumbered by physical, mental, or emotional limitations.
Smiling as we pass onto whatever’s next.
Knowing that we gave it our all.
Doesn’t that matter more than some number on the scale, weight on the bar, or date on the tombstone?
You are worthy of the best life.
Be cautious not to let the goal get in the way of the goal 🙂
You’ve got this.