A Goal Without a Plan is a Wish
The reality of goal setting is that it’s difficult. It’s a process that requires you to simultaneously assess where you’re currently at, create a list of possible places you might like to go, narrow down that list of places, formulate an action plan to get you to those places, then actually put in the work to make it happen.
It’s a mouthful, just like that sentence.
Maybe I’m being overly dramatic. Let’s take a step back for a second. Goal setting is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Tom is here to show you what I mean. He’s ready to rock his goal, but he knows he needs a plan first. Here are the steps he followed to create that plan…
Tom's Goal for 2016:
- Compete in a powerlifting competition by the end of the year.
Step 1: Tom chose one major “goal area” to focus on. After some soul searching, he realized that he’s anxious about competing because of his bench press.
Tom ’s Goal Area: Bench Press
Step 2: Tom identified one“micro goal” within that goal area. He’s pretty comfortable with his bench press technique, but he isn’t happy with his current numbers.
Micro Goal: Get a bigger bench press
Step 3: Tom founda“bright spot” – something he was already doing well - that related to his goal. He asked himself a big question: Am I already doing anything that can help me achieve my goal?
Bright Spot: I’ve been slowly improving my bench press numbers over the last few months. I think it’s because of all the extra triceps work I’ve been doing.
Step 4: Tom is totally going to keep doing that extra triceps work. I mean, why not ? Use the things you’re already doing right to your advantage.
Step 5: Tom chose one actionstep that he could take daily or weekly to help him achieve his goal.
Action Step: Tom looked over his training and realized that he’s been doing the exact same type of bench press for three months. He thinks he’ll benefit from switching over to the pause bench press for a few weeks. He’s going to do that.
As Tom moves forward, he’ll regularly assess how his action steps are working. If pause bench press screwed everything up and now he’s weaker, he’ll adjust for it by creating a new action step. It’s simple, but effective.
The takeaway: Create a flexible plan that you can tweak as you go. You don’t have to plan for everything, but always cover the basics.