I’m sure you just rolled your eyes and thought, um obviously, but this is a very in-depth conversation I have with my clients, not only in nutrition but also in fitness. We have all dreamt of the body image we deem perfect. We see it all over social media and we drool a little bit and think I want that! So we take that moment of motivation and save the image or show our friends and say I want this! It comes off the tongue so easily. We see professional athletes win the super bowl, or win a local CrossFit comp and we think to ourselves again, I WANT that! We dream of it. It consumes our whole being.
So now what?
That’s the hardest question to answer. Most think “whatever it takes” until you find out what it takes. When you are seeing those perfectly shaped abs and those champions you’re not seeing the HOURS they are putting in at the gym. You’re not seeing the supplements they are taking and the meal prep they are doing, you’re not seeing the no thank you’s to eating out with friends and having a happy social life. You’re not seeing the process you’re only seeing the success. Can you have that? Well, that is up to you! Are you willing to TRULY do whatever it takes?
Its a tough question to answer.
Some questions I like to ask are:
- Why are you setting this goal?
- What switch has flipped?
- Is this a goal you have always wanted but have never had the time to pursue?
- Do you want your best body because you want to look and feel your best?
- Have you dealt with underlying health issues?
- Why is there a timeline?
- Why do you want to be the top athlete at your gym?
- Are you working towards personal bests in the gym or just worried about beating everyone else?
Daydreaming is wanting something but not doing anything about it. Goal setting is having a plan and following through. We all need goals of some sort, whether in health, fitness, financial, or family, so don’t be scared to sit down and write that plan. Don’t be scared of failing or losing motivation, everyone goes through that. Don’t be afraid to say no to others so you can say YES to yourself. Step out of your daydreaming mode and get into your goal setting. Set realistic goals, find balance, and enjoy the process.