There has been a lot of talk out there this week about goals. Actually, I say “out there” but what I really mean is “inside my own head and sometimes on Julie Foucher’s blog too” (because as we all know, me and JF are besties, I even met her in the bathroom at the StubHub Center once… but I digress). We even did a podcast about goals last week, and it got me to thinking that it was high time that I set some goals that didn’t suck.
You may remember that in June I set daily goals for a while. I kind of loved doing that because of the sense of accomplishment it gave me, but let’s be honest, it was not really that big of a stretch for me to drink 3L of water a day or to remember to roll out my hamstrings before bed. In fact, I was already doing most of those things. But I decided to turn them into “goals” so that I could feel awesome about doing them instead of just feeling like they were my normal life.
And the reason I did that was because once upon a time, I was told to make SMART goals. It’s a nerdy acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable/Results-Oriented, Time-bound. Yes, Attainable and Reasonable are sort of the same thing, but there you have it. And I have taken that acronym pretty literally during my time as a goal setter. And, it turns out, that was getting to be a problem.
In Julie Foucher’s blog post (if you haven’t already clicked that little link up there to read it, I would highly suggest doing so), she talks about how people (well, women specifically) get sort of caught in the trap of saying things like, “I just want to do my best” instead of “I want to F$%@in WIN!” And I think that I have been sort of getting sucked into that as well. Earlier today I was writing a post for the Girls Gone WOD Blog about my goals for the fall, and one of them is to get a 100# Snatch by January 1, 2014. As I wrote that, I immediately deleted it and instead wrote 85#. My current PR is 75#, so getting to 85 would be great, but not exactly a stretch. In other words, I’m pretty sure I could do it.
Getting to 100# by the end of the year though? The thought of that kiiiinda scares the crap outta me.
And anyway, my goals are supposed to be Attainable and Reasonable, right? Is a 30% increase in my snatch PR in 4.5 months something that I can actually do?
Maybe I am taking this “Attainable and Reasonable” thing a little too far. I think that those guidelines are more meant to keep you from having goals like “I am going to leap across the Panama Canal” or “I am going to vanquish The Dark Lord” (I’ve been reading a lot of HP lately). But what I’ve been doing instead is basically sandbagging myself.
So, I went for it. I wrote that 100# snatch goal down. Along with some other big goals, including a BHAG (which is Student Council Camp terminology for Big Hairy Audacious Goal… aka The Big One) that kind of surprised even me. If you want to read them, you can go check ‘em out OVER HERE.
And now it’s your turn. What is your BIG GOAL that you have been wanting to make but that kinda scares the crap out of you? Maybe now is the time to make it happen… Or at least to write it down. Trust me, it’s a pretty good feeling.