Reading Seth Godin’s blog this week Visualize the leaks had me thinking about wasted effort. Whilst Seth is referring to leaks in organizations. I started to think about leaks in training sessions.
When was the last time you saw a leaking tap in your home and simply walked past without doing anything about it?
You didn’t I’m sure.
You hate waste.
If you had walked past it would have been on your mind all day long.
However, there are leaks in your training and you keep walking past. Address them and stop pretending they don’t exist.
Have you set them?
Training without setting goals does not mean you won’t make any progress. You almost certainly will.
Although, training without specific goals that are meaningful to you means that you might make moderate progress in areas that are not really that important to you.
Example- you consistently PB your back squat, but deep down you are frustrated that you still can’t manage a pull up.
You need to identify where you want to go- and have a plan of attack to get you there.
Goal setting can be extremely challenging if you haven’t done it before. Recruit a coach that you trust to guide you through the process.
Upon completion of a successful goal setting session you should have clarity on:
1. Where you are right now
2. Where you want to go
3. What immediate action you need to put in place & a plan to stay accountable to it
Finally- the goal needs to SCARE you. Not to death, but it needs to give you butterflies thinking about it. If you have set a goal that would likely be achieved in time with little or no effort on your part, a very low sense of accomplishment will be associated with ticking off that goal.
2. Are you bringing the right attitude to your sessions?
Each and every training session has the power to transform you. You can come out a better person and better athlete in every single session if you approach it with the right mindset.
However, if you are dragging yourself to the gym with self talk such as “I just want to get this over and done with.” That is exactly what you will get. Before you know it, the session will be over and done with. Whilst you will have gotten some physical benefits out of doing it, you haven’t taken anything away and become a better person in the process.
DO THIS INSTEAD
Before you start your workout, ask yourself
WHY am I doing this?
After you finish your workout, ask yourself
What did I learn about my mind and body today?
What could have gone better?
What can I implement to improve next time?