How To Create Goals That Carry Weight
Last week we dove into the first - and most important component to achieving your goals - your identity and what you believe in.
In that post we went over how you can discover your superpowers and combine them with what you value to get a better understanding of who are you are and what you stand for.
If you missed that post make sure you give it a read before diving into today’s post.
Today we’re going over your goals, specifically how to set them and why your goals should have some “weight” behind them.
By the end of the post you should have a much clearer understanding of how you can leverage your identity and values against your goals and ultimately become the strongest version of yourself.
Goals And Gravity
Google “gravity” and you’ll get the following definition on Wikipedia;
“A natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy - including planets, stars, galaxies, and even light - are brought toward one another. On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects...”
OK. So how does this relate to your goals?
Referring back to last week when you discovered more about your identity and values, you can make the analogy that these two components are much like “stars and planets”, which gravity aids in bringing towards one another.
The “physical weight” behind gravity can be compared to “meaning.”
Therefore, if a goal has no gravity it doesn’t align with your identity and values, and the three will not be brought towards one another.
Simply put goals without gravity carry no meaning.
A “weightless” goal is just something you simply feel you should do…
Maybe you saw a TV commercial that inspired you, or maybe one of your friends had success from a new class and her success makes you feel like that’s what you should do as well.
The inspirational momentum is great, but if you don’t personally connect with taking that new class - if it carries no meaning to you - frankly it’s only a matter of time before you throw in the towel.
So, how can you create goals that have meaning?
Start With You
“Every meaningful goal comes from who you think you are and what’s important to you.”
- Precision Nutrition, Level 2 Master Class
Have you ever accomplished a goal that just didn’t feel great once you accomplished it?
Maybe you signed up for a race and when you finished you had kind of a “meh” feeling.
Or maybe you decided to try a 7-day cleanse and when it was all said and done you felt, “OK.”
Chances are that’s because the race and the cleanse carried no meaning to you.
Maybe your friends rallied you into that race or you decided to give that cleanse “the ol’ college try” because you felt the need to do something healthy...
When you accomplish a goal that carries no weight it doesn’t feel good.
So, start with yourself when setting goals.
The pairing of your identity and what you value gives you something to weigh your goals against so that when you finally DO accomplish them, you feel fantastic about it!
More importantly, the pursuit of a goal that carries weight is more enjoyable and therefore allows you to focus on the process rather than the result.
The experts at Precision Nutrition know behavior change and have shared this 3-part formula for setting “Values-Based Goals.”
For each part, finish the sentence with answers you pulled from our Discovering Your Superpowers post last week.
I’m the kind of person who….
And it’s important to me that…
So I’d feel good about accomplishing…
So for example…
“I’m the kind of person who likes a challenge.”
“And it’s important to me that I’m Always learning.”
“Therefore I’d feel good about accomplishing a goal thats challenging and requires me to learn new skills.”
Not only have you just given yourself a platform to set a value-based goal, you now have a WIDE range of goals to choose from that would resonate with who are you are and what you believe in.
Let’s say overall you’d like to “lose weight” or maybe simply “feel better about yourself”.
Keeping your answers to the formula above in mind, you could decide to pick up a new hobby like rock climbing (or maybe kettlebells 😉) that would challenge you to learn new skills and and accomplish goals related to those new skills.
In this case, your Value-based goal checks 2 of the 3 boxes in your success formula:
It matches the kind of person you are - “A person who likes a challenge”
It matches what’s important to you - “Always learning”
Now that your goal carries some weight, you’re less likely to feel unmotivated about staying on track and quit at the first sign of adversity.
What’s more important is you’ll actually be able to focus on the process of achieving your new goal rather than the external factors that so many people tend to shift their focus…
Factors such as;
And what other people say and think about you
“When you focus on the processes, the outcomes take care of themselves”
- Coach Adam Feit, Precision Nutrition
That’s a pretty powerful feeling if you ask me!
Developing Action Steps
Now that you’ve done the hard part of looking yourself in the mirror and determining
Who you are
What you believe in
And what you’d feel good about accomplishing based off of the two
it’s time to get to work.
So where do you begin?
That’s what we’re looking into next week in our “Shape The Path” post.
In that post we’ll explore the constant struggle between your “Rational Rider’ and your “Emotional Elephant” and how shaping the path is the key to long-term success when it comes to taking action towards your goals.
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