Setting realistic goals, in and out of the box, and making them a reality

Written by Adam Peter, Brickhouse CrossFit Coach

I’m writing this blog on the first day of 2014, which has me thinking about what I want to accomplish over the next 365 days. I’ve made it through the holiday season — the food, the parties, the hectic impact holidays have on my routine. Today is the first day of a new year and it’s a great time to set goals and commit to change. Today while watching bowl games I put my 2014 goals to paper. I’ve decided to start 2014 right — I’ve set professional goals, financial goals and fitness goals. You’ve probably set some goals of your own. There is no question that the first step to making any change is to set goals that are realistic and achievable. Write them down so you can revisit your progress in achieving these goals throughout the year and, if necessary, adjust your goals.

But setting goals is the only the first step. At this time of year, everyone has “goals” and “resolutions.” Haven’t you been in a globo-gym in January? Just having a goal isn’t enough. You need to commit to make that goal a reality. Commitment isn’t easy. You will have to make sacrifices to achieve your goals. Maybe you want to save 10% of your salary this year. That may mean you don’t buy that new Lulu top every Tuesday when you get the email, you know who you are. You’re going to have to be strong. It won’t be easy.

Achieving your goals will also involve your time and energy and the likelihood of success is definitely tied to the commitment you make to your goals. You want a ring dip? You’re going to need to put in the time after class — ring holds, negatives, and push-ups (yes, push-ups). Hoping for ring dips isn’t going to make them happen; you’re going to have to make it a priority and you will have to put in the time and effort to obtain this skill.

Finally, you need to keep yourself accountable. Get a workout buddy. Make a budget with your significant other. Set mini goals along the way to help you measure your progress. I rely upon my Brickhouse Community to help me achieve my fitness goals for 2014 and I hope you help hold me accountable. I’ve set three(ish) fitness goals this year: (1) I want to lose 25 pounds, (2) I want to be in the gym an average of four times per week; and (3) I want to get healthy enough to be competing and training with all of you in class.