Trainers hear it all the time. “Yeah, workout’s not going so well. I fell off track.” And the quick response is usually, “Well, get back on!” But it’s not that easy. Especially if there is no solid track in the first place.
So, what is this “track”? If we think of track in general, here are some of the definitions:
These are all good, but I want you to really focus on the last one. Notice,
“…laid out for some particular purpose”
which means the track has to be going somewhere. If you don’t know where you’re going then we don’t really have a track. It’s more of a jungle or forest and we’re just trying to find our way. No wonder people fall off track; they’re tired of trying to make a path!
For some people, it’s easy to make a path, they have their purpose laid out for them. What are some examples of athletes or people in general that have a solid path, or particular purpose?
These are all people that, whether they know it or not, have a solid path towards a specific purpose. They’re inspired and ready to work towards their purpose. But what if you’re not a fighter and your varsity sports seasons were years ago? And you’re already married, so that’s not an option. How do you find YOUR purpose? Better yet, how do you reach it?
First, everyone is going to have different purposes. The wife that just delivered her third child is going to have a different goal than the 25 year old dude getting ready for summer. The married businesswoman with three kids and a demanding job is going to have different goals than the single marathon runner. So what am I getting at? We have to establish a realistic goal or “purpose” so that we’re confident we can, and want to reach it. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Or maybe you do want to be in the best shape of your life and do things that you’ve never done before like squat more weight, run the fastest you ever have, or be the leanest you ever have.
It should be who are you training for, but I threw in fighting because that’s what you’ll be doing. Reaching goals isn’t easy. Is it for yourself? Do you want to look and feel insanely ripped? Or is it for your family? Could be you don’t want to follow down the same path as someone in your family or you want to be stronger to play with your kids. Also, it doesn’t hurt knowing that your spouse digs you being in great shape.
If you haven’t felt a spark go off, then you’re probably not there. You should almost, dare I say, be angry or at least passionate that you’re not there. Envision what it would be like to throw the ball around with the kids or be jacked with your wife or husband on vacation. What’s that like? I love hearing my clients come back with stories about when they went home and people were blown away with how they looked. That stuff doesn’t just happen. Those are the fruits of a lot of labor. They’re darn good fruits, and they weren’t at the bottom of the tree, they were at the top.
After you’ve answered these three questions, I want you to come up with 5 goals. I want one of them to be attainable within the next 2 months, 3 of them over the next 6 months, and one that is just badass.
For me, I want: