I talk a lot about setting goals for yourself. I think it’s one of the most important parts of a health or fitness program because without a specific goal, you aren’t going to make much progress. One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is achieving a goal you’ve had your eye on for what feels like forever – like adding 10 lbs. to your deadlift, being able to run a mile in less than 12 minutes, reaching your healthy weight, etc.
Most of your health or fitness goals should be short-term and manageable – you need to know you can reach them in a reasonable amount of time. If you set a goal that’s going to take more work or time than you are capable of, you are setting yourself up for failure. So when I talk about setting goals to my clients, one thing I stress more than anything is that you need to have your eyes on a specific goal you know you can reach in less than a month or two if you put the work in to get there. That way you constantly feel like you are making progress instead of getting discouraged and feeling like you’re never going to reach your goal weight or be able to make it through that tough workout.
Today, however, I’m going to talk about those crazy dreams you won’t even admit you have – those things you would love to accomplish but feel you never will. I never want my readers to assume that because I say you should set reasonable goals, I must think you should throw all those “crazier” (if you will) dreams out the window entirely. Nothing could be further from the truth! I’m the biggest fan of big dreams I know – I just think you need to have some short term, more certain goals set for yourself as well.
It’s like in the game of chess – my favorite playing pieces are the pawns, because they could potentially become queens if you play it right. You don’t spend all your effort and focus on getting a pawn across the board, but it doesn’t hurt to have that as a bigger dream on the side, and if it happens it makes your game 10x better.
Honestly, there have been many things I’ve done in the last year that I NEVER would have accomplished if I didn’t let myself dream and be willing to take a chance, no matter how unlikely the outcome seemed to me at the time. So let me encourage you – don’t be afraid to have some crazy dreams, and take action to see if they can happen. I’ve got a few dreams myself that seem a little unlikely to me at the moment, but I’d still love to see them happen someday. Here are a few examples:
- I want to train in MMA (mixed martial arts).
- I want to own my own small property and live in a yurt with a cat and my horse in the back yard.
- I want to travel to Iceland and Ireland.
Those are just a few things I’d love to do, even though right now they don’t seem like much of an option. Training in MMA is starting to look like more of a possibility though – there’s a fantastic martial arts academy 40 minutes from where I’ll be living that has a free 1 month trial of their classes, so I’d like to try that sooner than later, but after I’m settled in my apartment. It would really depend on how much monthly tuition is as far as if I could stick with it. But it is something I really want to try – I’ve always had a lot of respect for martial artists and I’d love nothing more than to try it myself someday.
So to sum it up – don’t be afraid to dream a little crazy. It’s those dreams that keep us alive and give purpose to our long term living. And who knows – if you turn that dream into a plan and give it your best effort, there’s no reason you can’t accomplish it. How cool would that be?! Don’t let your doubts get in the way.
What are some of your “crazier” dreams? I would really love to hear them, feel free to leave a comment!
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