When I began this journey I assumed I would be an overnight success. I mean just 10 years ago anything I wanted to do physically I could accomplish in just 3 months. It was awesome, 12 weeks and I could transform my body, master a difficult Kung fu technique, go from not running to running 5 miles as a warmup and finally from 0 to 3 sets of 15 pull ups.
I simply did not see my youth as the gift it was and how my current goals would be so much easier if I looked at life as a time line of successive 3 months and continued to maintain and update my goals. These are lessons learned on my journey.
Fast forward to today and it’s 10 years later; everything takes longer and requires more maintenance and consistency. This is but one of my lessons on this journey. This is an incredibly important lesson. The lesson of maintenance and consistency as well as self reassessment and updating goals. It also relates directly to setting a longer term and more altruistic goal like “be healthy.” Still this is not enough you still need to have the short term attainable goals. These goals define your road map to health for example: squat 350lbs, deadlift 400lbs and bench 300lbs. Hard enough goals to be motivating yet attainable if you work at them. One thing I don’t include in my goals are things that do not impact my health. Appearance is not included, although it may be a side effect of health, it is not a goal.
These “mile marker” goals are important but they are a small part of a much greater whole. They are an important part but not the end all be all for measuring success. They are for measuring progress.