Does Goal Setting Really Work?

Goal Setting

Do great things ever happen to people randomly? Yes, for sure. You could meet the love of your life or win the lottery but how rare are the chances that will happen to you?

Everything I’ve ever been proud of, I worked very hard for it. I put it into my daily routine and thought about that goal every day. I didn’t write it down in lipstick on my mirror, or set any notifications on my phone. I intuitively thought about what I wanted and broke down the milestones I had to hit to obtain that goal.

I believe if it truly matters to you, you will think about it every day; every holiday, every weekend if not multiple times a day.

In high school, I would read forums about what I needed to get into medical school: the specific GPA versus science GPA, average MCAT scores, the ideal major, the volunteer positions, the leadership jobs that are expected of every doctor. If you’re a meant-to-be surgeon you will think about the OR every day, every hour. If you are an aspiring weightlifter, you will envision hook grip videos in your sleep.

Nowadays I look back with pride knowing every day thinking about that goal turned out positive. Now, I look at other realms to set my goals on. I never thought I’d be pursuing an athletic goal at the age of 27. But here I am, the strongest and fastest I’ve ever been.

I know this won’t last forever. There will be a plateau to my strength. However, it’s great to enjoy the ride now.

Accomplishing goals throughout your life can make it so much more fruitful. It is great to dabble in a lot of things, but heck it’s addictive to thrive in hobbies and interests that are within and outside of one’s career.

Maybe you’re looking to pay off that student debt. And every day, you throw your savings at that loan. Saving, pinching every dollar.

I have other goals that don’t involve Medicine or Crossfit. But for now, in this decade I’m glad I can say I’ve become a sort of ‘expert’ in those fields. Maybe even a specialist after all the injuries I’ve seen or experienced in the fitness industry.

Think about what you naturally CRAVE and WANT every day. Is that to lose weight? To get your first muscle up? To pay off your car? All these things are worthy goals. From there, break it down and figure out what has to be done week to week, month to month and you will get there.

The Most Worthwhile Investment

How Investment and Health are Correlated

 

Careers, financial pressure, family, higher education, debt all put health on the back burner.  People wait till things ‘settle down’ to start getting in shape.  We work 80 hours a week with little sleep working tirelessly for a goal.  Before you know it, you’re diagnosed with pre-diabetes and you have a bunch of nagging injuries that just aren’t going away.

People decide after everything  is ‘in order’ is the time to start dieting and exercising.  Except we’re already stuck in our ways. We have habits engrained in us over years. So we’re not only starting behind because we’re overweight but we don’t have any tools to get us on track since we’ve been practicing bad habits our entire life.

Thus, pre-diabetes turns into real diabetes and we continue the downward spiral.

Just like most successful financial investing, it’s better when you start young. Prioritizing health in your 20’s means you’ll have those same eating and exercise habits your whole life instead of back tracking and re-wiring those bad habits into ‘good habits’

Next time you try and ‘convince’ yourself to be healthy think of it as an investment and to use TIME on your side. What good does it if you have saved over a million dollars or started a wealthy company if you’re bed-ridden and can’t function because your health is in shambles.  Start early, start young and you’ll be happier when you’re older. Just like investing in stocks or real estate, that compound interest will reap into dividends you can capitalize on when you’re older.