Goals are funny things.  On the one hand, they provide motivation, an end to shape and target your means, the light at the end of the tunnel.  They help you keep your eyes on the prize, to remember that it’s a marathon not a sprint, and every incremental step towards that goal becomes fuel for taking the next, harder step.

On the other hand, what happens when you reach your goal?  There’s that feeling of exaltation – I did it!  The feeling of pride, of joy, it’s amazing, and makes all that hard work worthwhile.  Then you get up the next day.  What then?  Celebrate with an ice cream sundae? (Note: DO NOT celebrate with an ice cream sundae)  Take the day off and bask in your own awesomeness?  (See previous note)

It’s tough, but the only thing you can do, should do, NEED to do, is set a new goal.  In a lot of cases, it isn’t necessarily weight related, which is a good thing.  It could be, of course: you’ve lost that first 20 pounds, maybe you want to chip at the next ten or twenty.  Maybe, though, it’s a good time to shift your thinking away from that scale you’ve been chained to.  Maybe it’s targeting body-fat percentage.  Maybe it’s running that marathon or triathalon you’ve always wanted to do.  Maybe it’s doing 100 pushups in a row.  Whatever it is, set it and NEVER forget it.  It helps keep your eyes on a new prize, shifts your thoughts away from a number on a scale (which will continue to go down on its own as you keep working).  The important thing is to keep your new habits that helped you reach your goals in the first place.  They should be second nature now, and they NEED to be sustainable.

Now that I’ve said all that, I need to figure out my own new goals.  I’ve reached my weight goal, and even passed the 100 pushups in a row.  I want to work on my body-fat percentage of course, so I am keeping up the hard work, but I feel like I need something else to strive for and achieve.  200 pushups?  Heh, let’s not get crazy.  Hmm.  I’m not a runner (knees can’t take it), so that’s out.  Ahh well.  I’ll keep working hard and thinking hard, and eventually come up with something.

About Alan Edwards

Former cancer caregiver. Husband of the most magical and amazing person who ever lived.

Posted on September 14, 2010, in Philosophizin' and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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