A lot of us tend to struggle with seeing the big picture when we’re working toward a GIANT goal. Most of us know that it’s best to set smaller, incremental goals on our way to the GIANT goal, because it helps us stay motivated and have success. But if you’re like me, then when those smaller goals are reached you jump right to setting your next goal, and forget to look back. When I see that I’m not getting to my next small goal as quickly as I would like, I get discouraged and start wondering if it’s even possible.
This struggle can apply to all different kinds of goals. Financial goals, fitness or health goals, career, and family goals are all easier to reach when you take small steps. But taking these small, incremental steps makes it very easy to forget where you started! Every time you set a new “goal” on your path to the GIANT goal, your current position becomes your new “start” and you only compare with that. Hindsight may be 20/20, but you have to actually turn around and look to use that clear vision.
I have been going through this recently on my weight loss journey. I like to work in increments of 10 pounds, because it feels SO nice to see a “new” number on the scale in the tens spot. For someone who weighed in at a few pounds more than her 6’4″ husband just two years ago, it feels pretty dang awesome to see those tens “melt away” on the scale.
But then I start feeling “stuck”. I start wondering if my end goal really is possible at all, and maybe my current weight is a good place to stop. But I KNOW that I need to lose more to be healthy, so I become frustrated with my inability to make progress.
When you can see your progress visually, there is absolutely no denying progress. As fitness coaches, we DRILL our new challengers with the need to take “before” pictures, weight and measurements. Just nine months ago I finally gave in to the regular nudges being sent my way by Micah Folsom and signed up with her as my coach. I am SO grateful to her for her persistance, and her willingness to share her own journey and be vulnerable, as well as her insistence that I take “before” pictures. Without that, I would probably still be sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Instead, my life had changed completely from anything I could have imagined.
I’m 45 pounds lighter than I was just nine months ago. I knew that already, but until I took a new picture and put it side-by-side with my starting picture, I really didn’t know that. I was too busy seeing the next step in my progress and my body’s unwillingness to reach it. But just LOOK at this! I cannot deny that I have made tremendous progress in my fitness journey in just nine months when I look at this image. And that knowledge gives me the power to push through to the next step of my goal.
Not only has my fitness journey been incredible this year, but my professional life has taken a turn around a completely blind corner into a new adventure that I never saw coming. I have come to realize that I am obsessed with the inner workings of business. Blame it on the bachelor’s degree in Business Management, but I’m constantly looking at the potential of a small company, wondering at the success of a large one, and looking for new opportunities around me. I have poured my heart and soul into a photography business for the last four years, and last year I felt like I was really enjoying the success I had worked so hard to obtain. But when I looked at the bottom line at the end of the year, I realized I had been working my tail off and sacrificing time with my family for about $4/hr. What?! I can only believe that the opportunity to become a fitness coach came to me just at the moment I needed it the most, when I was so burned out from my business and disheartened by what I now saw as a failure. I am SO blessed to be able to share these triumphs with amazing people every single day! I am grateful for the team I have to work with, all of whom inspire me with their success, their determination, and their acceptance. I am completely humbled by the progress of those who have been willing to call me “coach”, and by their gratitude for whatever assistance I have given them. There is no feeling in the world quite like the one that comes when a good friend and customer thanks you for your help and tells you how much their life has changed for the better.
What goals are you working toward? Do you set new goals at the beginning of the year, only to realize at the beginning of the next that you didn’t make an ounce of progress? Do you get frustrated by your inability to move forward in whatever journey you have started for yourself? Please take a moment and look back at where you started…I’m willing to be that it will be an eye opener, and that view will give you the strength you need to take the next step in your journey. But the most important part is taking that first step. If you want something in your life to change, it is your responsibility to make it happen.
If I can do this, anyone can do it.
If you are like me and are struggling to reach fitness goals that seem totally out of reach, I would love to help you! Just follow this link and sign up, free of charge, and we’ll start chatting about how we can make sure YOU are able to take the next step. If you would like to know more about coaching, I would like to invite YOU to join a brief Sneak Peek into Coaching group being hosted by my team. The group begins one week from today and will last just four days. In just a few minutes each day, you’ll be able to see how coaching has helped so many people, and how it could help you and bless your life as well. If you would like to join our group and learn more, click the menu above where it says “Join Fit-KNOW-logy Nation” and fill out the quick application.