Sports Fitness Solutions Newsletter Issue #007 - Goals and Commitment

Goals and Commitment


To reach your fitness goals you need commitment. "I want to get fit; but I just can't seem to get started." How many times have you said this, or know someone who's said this? A lot I bet. It's the same comment that people have when it comes to setting life's goal and going after them. There's a lot of similarity.

What characteristics separate people who follow their dreams and attain their fitness and personal goals, from those who just dream? Have you been dreaming about getting in shape, completing that marathon, or starting your own business? How long have you had those dreams and what are you doing to make them a reality? Consider these qualities that successful people have in common. See how you can be one of those people who look back at life with the satisfaction of knowing you "went for it." I wanted to be in the best shape of my life and I did it. Life is short - now is the time to take action!

A commitment to make it happen.

Your commitment must start in your heart. You have to believe something can happen before you will actually take action to make it reality. The commitment must be complete in order to achieve your goal. Some people start working towards a fitness goal for example; but when things get tough, they cut and run. Or they continue to take tentative steps towards reaching their goal, but never really commit to reaching it. You must believe in yourself, and realize that you can accomplish anything if you want it badly enough. You can reach your fitness goals. It's simply a questions of how bad do you want to achieve them.

Do what you are passionate about.

Without passion, commitment will be harder to maintain. Desire determines destiny. If your desire is strong enough, you will accomplish your dreams. How fit do I want to be? How bad do I want to win that race or make that team? If you're passionate about it, you will reach your fitness or personal goal. You simply have to identify exactly what you are passionate about and then stay focused on it.

Keep your eye on the goal.

For anything to succeed, you have to have the end in sight. You have to know what the goal is. This helps you create your plan. What is your vision? What do you ultimately want to create? A more fit you, a faster quicker you, a successful business? It's all the same. Once you are clear about what you want to accomplish, then you create the plan to help you get there and the strategies to move you forward. Writing your goals, the steps necessary and an action plan helps you to check in, to be sure that you are still on track in achieving your goal. This is especially true with your fitness goals.

Let your courage shine through.

Stepping out of your comfort zone and facing your fears is a trait that can make the difference between success and failure. Everyone has fears about something. The difference between those who succeed and those who just dream is what they do with that fear. We all have choices: "Run that last mile or quit here." Face the fear or discomfort, or run from it. The most common action is to run from it. Some may call facing up to your fears courage.

Courage is having the power to let go of the familiar and forge ahead into new territory. Courage is the willingness to put it all on the line for possible failure. How bad do I want to complete the race? How bad do I want to win? How bad do I want to be fit?

Those who succeed the most also have suffered the most failures. However, allow yourself to imagine the feeling of success, it's what makes the effort worthwhile. Also consider how you will feel if you allow your fears to tame your dreams; and then allow yourself to look back at your life with just dreams to think about and not that joy of success.

Consider these characteristics and think about a goal you have, fitness, sport, or personal. Start working on making your goal a reality. Again, life is short, so do it now

Good luck and stay fit. You'll be glad did.

Jeff Paluseo

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, CSCS certified