It's really easy when we feel good to just go with the flow and ride the wave. This works well until we crash and then lack direction or being in tune with where we're headed.
Goal setting can help keep you track but it also helps you feel better, overall. If you don't know where to begin, start here and now. You can whizz through this exercise or take your sweet time! Either way, you'll gain more insight and hopefully more direction which will in turn help you feel better when you look back at the next four weeks of training.
This is a build off of the first four week goal setting. New insights are highlighted in red.
STEPS TO HELP YOU ESTABLISH AND GET STARTED
REMEMBER: you're not chasing the goal itself, you're chasing the feelings you hope attaining those goals will give you. Our feelings are how we perceive life. Perception informs how you live…
1. Start by reviewing the words you listed that describe how you wanted to feel at the end of the first 4 week block. Ask yourself if these still apply? Were they effective and did they motivate you? If so, you might choose to keep them. If not, you may choose to reflect and establish new ones. Perhaps you end up with blend of old and new.
Some examples might be: connected, strong, committed, capable, alive, nurtured, free, courageous... you get the picture. Choose words that reflect what's important to you.
2. Next, identify some examples of things you did within the four weeks of the clinic that supported these feelings. These are your supporters and reminders that help keep you on track. For example, making a commitment to try and adapt if needed, but that getting out and perhaps not having a stellar workout still feels better than if you blew it off and then had head chatter about how "I should have gotten out for a run" distracts you and takes away from further positivity and productivity.
3. Getting off track is essential to our growth. Veering away from one's essence and steering back to it is how we accumulate insight into, and trust in, the nature of life. Sometimes the only way to know we've taken a wrong turn is because we end up feeling awful and exactly how we don't want to feel. Take note of anything that steered you away from feeling how you wanted so you can try to eliminate these in the next block.
4. When building your goals for the final four weeks, be sure to make them align with step two. I like to take 5min every Sunday evening and write out realistic and obtainable goals for the week ahead. I reiterate the words beside each workout that helps me remember why that goal is important to me and then I reflect on the past week before building the next. If you did this in the first four weeks - BRAVO and keep it up! If you only choose to do one of these points this block, do this one.
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