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Eric never had a goal of getting a muscle up. He just shows up. He has been consistent for three years.

We’ve all set a goal and we’ve all failed. It sucks to miss a goal. Having the right mindset and goal setting strategy might help you avoid failure. 

Outcome-Based Goals are the wrong way to go about setting a goal. “I want to lose 20 pounds” is an example of an outcome based goal. This is bad because you have no control over the outcome. You can work very hard toward this goal of losing 20 pounds and achieve a lot of things such as run a faster mile, gain muscle, change your eating habits, but if you don’t lose the 20 pounds you will feel like you’ve failed.

This goal also only gives you one opportunity for success. You can achieve your goal of losing 20 pounds, but not see that you also made new friends at the gym, lost inches, did your first pull up, and had the fastest time in a workout.

Habit-Based Goals are way better than outcome-based goals. You are in the driver’s seat when you set a habit based goal and that’s what you want. An example is “I’ll go to the gym three times per week for three months.” Think of all of the things you’ll accomplish just by setting a goal of showing up.

Just by showing up you can lose more than 20 pounds, lose inches, lose body fat, gain muscle, lift heavier weight, run a  faster mile, workout longer, improve your eating habits, and the list will definitely go on. 

Lastly, Be Realistic. Think about where you are and what your abilities are. It is unrealistic to go to the gym 5 days per week and completely change your diet all at once. Even if it’s only been a few months since you’ve been on a good routine with exercise and nutrition.

I recommend starting with the goal of showing up. You’ll start to make healthier choices while eating just by showing up to the gym so don’t worry about that in the beginning. After about three months of showing up consistently it will most likely be a habit. You’ll probably already be making healthier choices outside of the gym. At that point, I would recommend starting to set a nutrition goal.

Want to talk more about goals? Email me and let’s talk about it! dan@raddcrossfitnsli.com

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