Friday, November 30, 2018
Tasks and Goals
I’m sure we’ve all heard life is about the journey and not the destination and that the greatest part of the journey is the journey itself. I think sometimes we get a little caught up in the fast track to success and forget that getting to that success affords us astounding opportunities for learning and growth.
(My path to working as a personal trainer with Fit ‘N’ Well was certainly not straightforward, but I can sit back now and appreciate everything I experienced to get here!)
Look back to a time when you were able to successfully complete a certain goal. The best goal-setters continue to set and re-evaluate their goals because they know that life is about constant growth. The overall goal may or may not be to become The Best at something, but to continue to grow and enjoy experiences as a human being and to enjoy what you build out of your life.
Now, how do we directly relate this to fitness and living ahealthy lifestyle?
Some people thrive on setting and achieving goals; others feel anxious just thinking about what they want their goals to be, never mind the follow-through required to achieve them. If you’re new to goal-setting, my suggestion would be to break up your larger goals into smaller, more attainable goals. While this advice certainly isn’t reinventing the wheel, it is important to keep reminding yourself of the smaller goals (and the bigger picture) throughout your journey.
The art of setting a task is, in my opinion, a little undervalued. I believe that small tasks are the foundation of goal setting, and they allow you to practice mindfulness while building self-efficacy. A task is something that you can complete, and I like to think of tasks in relatively small terms, such as Go outside, (for a walk) Put in a load of laundry, Empty the dishwasher, or Turn on your computer and open the blog entry that you’re working on. I’ll admit many of my days start with one simple task: Make a cup of coffee!
As someone who has a never-ending list of things that I want/need to do, I’m frequently overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff that I feel I should be doing. This sometimes results in spending more time stressing about the things I want/need to do than actually doing them.
If this sounds like you, give yourself a task for today that allows you to spend a little time working toward one of your goals. This could be a health-related goal where you want to be more active (hey, because I am a personal trainer after all!) or it could be something related to a goal in any area of your life. I think my “Task of the Day” will be to spend 30 minutes practicing my violin. Hmm… I might need another coffee first.