Failing Your Goals.

If you’re exercising, then you probably have goals. If you don’t have goals – make them! Otherwise, it’s like taking a road trip without a destination in mind.

And if you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to write down your goals. I like to write “SMART” goals – goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Since my goals are specific, they contain a “by when” date. For example, I might want to increase the circumference of my biceps by 1 inch by April 1, 2011. When April 1 comes along, I can evaluate my results.

But here’s the kicker: Though our goals should be attainable – i.e., it’s physical or mentally possible for you to accomplish whatever goals you create – they shouldn’t be too attainable. Failing to reach about 50% of your goals is a good thing. It means you’re shooting high. It means that you’re really pushing and challenging yourself. After all, it’s better to shoot for the stars and land on the moon than aim for the mountains and reach them.

If you’re reaching all your goals, you’re probably not challenging yourself enough.

And remember, “failure” really isn’t failure. It’s just a result – and it’s an opportunity to re-evaluate your goals. Maybe you didn’t accomplish it because it’s actually not that important to you. Or maybe it needs a new deadline, or a new approach. Learn from your results, and evolve.

Want questions do you have about goal setting? And what are some of your fitness goals?

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  1. I find this piece of advice rather applicable to my goals in blogging.

  2. it takes that long to increase the size of ur biceps?!?!? dec to april? coz i just startes workout about a month and a half ago

    • Depending on your system, your process and the amount of time you are putting in to work on your goal. I may take 3 months it may take sooner or it may take longer. It is important to get yourself a timeframe goal and make sure that you are working the plan to reach.

      But like Coach Davey says,”If you do not reach it in the time you allow evaluate and measure what you have accomplished and go from there.

    • If you are training properly you should begin to see changes in about 12 weeks.

    • A word from me for any other “older” weight trainees out there. Our goals should be different from the 20 and 30 somethings. I always go back to a quote I saw from ex-catcher Mike Piazza. He said, late in his career, that when he was younger “he was into body-building. Now he was into body preservation.”

      Don’t worry about size and don’t overdo it. Concentrate on staying strong, on endurance and don’t neglect flexibility and balance.

  3. Davey, this is sooo irnoic because last night I just wrote a blog about goals myself! I guess its true when they say that great minds must think alike.

    Evaluating your life and making goals are valuable tools in helping make your life complete! And I totally agree that failing to reach your goals do have a positive impact, however I also feel that sometimes, for certain issues, that goals should be set obtainable so that you have a feeling of accomplishment. This feeling is also important when setting future long term goals in areas such as fitness and overall well-being!

    Davey you just made my day seeing that you too wrote this amazing blog!

    Larry M

  4. So you tell what you should do when you fail to meet a high goal. But what about the other 50% of the time, when you actually make it? I set goals and then as I reach each one, I reward myself with a new purchase (usually fitness related). Do you suggest employing the promise of some kind of reward for meeting a goal?


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