This is the last in my 4 part series talking about the process I use to help my clients achieve their goals. It’s a process that’s been developed over the last 18 years from the courses I’ve been on, additional studies and more importantly, the people I’ve worked with. It’s here to give you an idea of what it’s like to work with me and what you can expect if you were to ask me to help you achieve your goals.
The first step, Painting Pictures, is about defining your goals. The next step, Laying Foundations, is about preparing you for the journey ahead. Practice, Learn, Grow is where the magic happens. Today’s post is about actually achieving your goals and what happens next. Step 4: Achieve, Reflect & Repeat.
It may seem rather obvious but it’s not what you might think. Allow me to explain.
What is Achieve, Reflect & Repeat?
Achieving your goal is just the beginning, NOT the end!
Go on a diet to lose weight, achieve the goal, return to ‘normal’ eating, struggle and put all the weight back on again.
Do the Couch to 5k program, complete it then stop running.
How many times have you seen this happen? Perhaps you’ve done it yourself? I certainly did after running my first marathon and had to start all over again when I went to train for my next one.
The reason this happens has nothing to do with failure on your part to maintain what you’ve just achieved. When we go after a stand alone goal, we focus on that until we’ve achieved it. Unfortunately, our motivation around the goal disappears the moment we achieve it.
It’s like we’ve ticked the box to say that we’ve done it. We naturally want to maintain what we’ve achieved but with the motivation gone, it just won’t happen.
The thing is, we usually view the achievement of our goal as the pinnacle, as getting to the top of the mountain. It’s not. When we think of it like that, that’s when we lose motivation and end up losing what we achieved, as I said earlier.
Instead, think of it as a continuous journey. There is no finish line. There is no ‘after’ photo.
When you do achieve your goals, or as you approach the achievement of them, it’s important to reflect on what you’ve done. Celebrate your achievement! You also need to reflect on what you did well, what didn’t work so well and what you can do better next time. Then set another goal and go again.
Why is this important?
It all comes down to learning and we usually learn by doing. By going through the process of achieving our goal, stopping, losing everything you’ve gained and having to start all over again.
We focus too much on our goal, and the size of it too. We’ve all seen the advice to aim high, reach for the stars etc. While this is good, I believe that there’s a better way.
Instead of setting big goals, I now ask my Personal Training clients the difference they want to see and feel in the next 4 weeks.
In the last few years, I’ve seen fewer people setting really big goals. Perhaps this has been down to a lack of certainty following the pandemic. The other factor is many of my clients have back pain, or a chronic injury of some kind, and I know that when you’re living with pain, it’s hard to look beyond it.
Once my clients are able to move more freely, away from pain, that’s when their confidence builds and much bigger goals will come to mind. Bigger goals than they would’ve contemplated when they started.
When you set a shorter term goal, focus on the process, practicing to become better, learning along the way, you too will find much bigger goals come to mind, often within just a few weeks. You’ll likely find that adapting your training and pursuing the new goal is as simple as following a different road off a roundabout and you’re not starting all over again.
If you’ve read all the posts in these series and made it all the way to this point, thank you!
If these posts have piqued your interest in following this approach and having someone to guide you, push you and help you discover what is possible for you, click here and let’s have a chat.