It’s January, yay! Gym owners around the globe love this month because of the mass of new clients coming through the doors. Tons of bright-eyed bushy tailed newbies ready to tackle their newfound goals and resolutions for the new year.
Gyms should be all about goals right? Some new people tell us their goals are to lose a certain % of body fat, others say they want more muscle.
My question to you is, what happens next? What happens after you REACH your initial goal? What will drive you to continue? Have you thought about the day after victory?
Consider the story of Buzz Aldrin who reached his ultimate goal of walking on the moon. He dedicated thousands of hours to reach one specific goal and he achieved victory on Apollo 11 in 1969. Not long after however, his life spiraled down into an abyss of alcoholism, infidelity and more.
Why do you think that happened to him? When we make life only about the destination/goal, we will always be disappointed. Buzz would later write describing his post-victory struggle, “There was no goal, no sense of calling, no project worth pouring myself into.”
This is “results-only” thinking, and it can get us into trouble. Goals and results are amazing, but we are still missing the bigger picture. The JOURNEY itself does more for us than the destination.
CrossFit South Cobb has several members who will be eclipsing the 10 year mark in 2021. How does one stay dedicated to something for TEN years or more? You do it by enjoying the journey more than the destination. These exceptional people make fitness a habit, just like brushing your teeth every day. You’re never “there”. You’ve never “arrived”. You do it because it makes the journey more enjoyable!
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life is finite. Enjoy the journey, not just the destination!