Is it a Goal or just a Dream?
Just like all Olympians must start with a dream of becoming an Olympic Champion, we too must start with a dream of our ideal life.
What's the outcome going to be?
Whether it's a vacation or a fitness goal, there must be a dream first. Then take the dream and come up with a step by step plan to attain the goal or outcome you desire.
For athletes, it's a certain event, like the Olympics. They plan their time line and add the action steps in necessary phases to judge progress.
The same goes for the rest of us. We must decide what we want. It could be a vacation in Hawaii before the end 2016, to lose 50 pounds by next July or to win the road race! You have to start with a date, a specific date to reach your goal.
Then work backwards.
For the vacation, you may need to save money. Start with how much will be required, then take action steps based on when you will deposit money into an account set aside for your trip.
If it's a weight loss goal, set the date for the weight loss and the work backwards setting small weight loss goals along the way.
And to WIN races, set a race schedule out for the season. Which races are considered A (high priority), B (mid level) and C (low/training level) races. Figure out your training schedule and cycles for each and when you will peak for the A races. Then get out there and make it happen!
If you look at the whole picture, it could be a little (or a lot) intimidating, especially if you’re trying something for the first time. But if you break it down into smaller action steps, by the time you look up, you'll have reached the “finish line.”
There are many that dream. I don't know any Olympic champions or successful people that don't have an action plan and don't create action steps to create a successful outcome.
If you haven't already, start making a list of goals you plan to accomplish for 2020.
Start Strong, Finish Stronger in 2020!
Nathan J. Nowak is the president of Professional Training Systems, Inc. and the owner of Trinity Fitness. For more information on fitness, nutrition and empowerment please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.966.KICK (5425)