Are your goals aligned with your dreams?

 

Yesterday I touched on your muscle building goals for the upcoming 3, 6 or 12 months

 

And todays was going to talk about how to really get there and is your goal setting really to blame for you not achieving them thus far

 

Ever heard of this prayer

 

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

 

Well it’s called the serenity prayer

 

Before you start thinking I'm a bible basher trust me I am not

 

But it came u when I was ding some research about goal setting

 

Basically this prayer as been around forever,

 

Why has it stood the test of time and been so influential, because it reminds us that we do not have control over everything in our lives

 

We only have direct control over our lives

 

“Pretty deep stuff right”

 

Especially for r a 20stone bodybuilder

 

yeah that’s right we aint all dumb meat heads

 

Anyhow how does this relate to your muscle building potential and goals?

 

Well it highlights one overlooked truth

 

You, your coach, Your Doctor, or anyone else does not have any direct effect over your muscle cells and whether they decide to grow bigger and stronger

 

But what you do have control over is your behaviour

 

The day-to-day actions that you CONSISTANTLY take are well within your control, unlike what your muscle building cells are doing on a day-to-day basis.

 

Taking this a step further, the outcome of a result  (“I want 23 inch Guns by Xmas)

 

Is much less in your control than the behaviours that can lead you to that outcome

 

(I will train my arms twice per week for the next 6 months and eat the correct food every single day)

 

Get it?...

 

Another example and one that I hear all the time being a competition prep coach

 

Outcome – I want to compete in May next year

 

That’s all well and good but if the behaviours are not put in place there s no way in this world that’s going to happen

 

Behaviours – train 5 times per week, eat 6 times per day everyday, perform 5 cardio sessions every week without failure, be a master of time management, cut out all alcohol and stress.

 

Obviously getting ready to compete is much more complex than that but your get the idea, to achieve any outcome goal, all the necessary behaviour goals must be set in place and worked on!

 

So the focus should not be on the outcome but the behaviours to get there, shifting your focus to the behaviours will improve your chances of achieving your goals 10 fold!

 

So going forward how do you shift your focus from outcome based goals

 

Well you concentrate on the things that you can control now!

 

By reframing your goals to be behaviour based, not outcome based

 

Going forwards set more goals like I described above

 

Here they are again

 

-       Train 5 times per week,

-        Eat 6 times per day everyday, 

-       Perform 5 cardio sessions every week without failure,

-       Be a master of time management,

-       Cut out all alcohol

-       Manage my stress levels better

 

And set less outcome goals like these goals.

 

-       I will gain 20 pounds of muscle this year

-       I will add 2 inch’s to my arms by Xmas

-       Ill be a Mr Olympia by this time next year

 

See the difference between the two

 

Behaviours are specific commitments that will eventually lead to the outcome that you want.

 

They can be control NOW its 100% up to you if they are accomplished, no one else!

They can be measured

They can be done consistently they are small manageable tasks

 

So there you have it

 

Most of you have now probably realised you have been concentrating on the wrong type of goals

 

Change it and see how much more quickly you gain the physique your after.

 

Until next time

 

Laurie “23  Inch Guns” Carr