Day 88 – Is Your Goal Powerful Enough?

Today is a scheduled off day from the weight room.  I have a Tabata cardio session lined up for later this evening.  My 90 day transformation contest period wraps up in just a few days.

Over the next few days I have a great deal of work to get done:

  • One more weight lifting session
  • Sunday weigh-in
  • “After” photos & final essay
  • Prepare training logs for the next 4 week training block that begins Monday
  • Prepare meal plans for the next 4 weeks

I’m sure it will all be taken care of so I won’t stress out over it.

I’ve given an honest effort during this 90 day transformation contest.  With that being said, I believe I could have done a better job.  There have been instances where I caved-in to a food craving & strayed from my meal plans.  I can probably look back to a lifting session or 2 where the intensity was lacking a bit.  I also could have been better about getting in some additional Tabata work during the last few weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my efforts over the last 88 days.  I’m also proud of the efforts from my fellow transformation contestants.  Seeing how far some folks have come during their 90 day transformation period has been inspiring!

But the more I think about it, the more I realize that something was just a little “off” at times during this transformation contest.  I haven’t been able to put my finger on it but every now & then I could feel that something was amiss.  After some soul-searching & asking myself a few questions, I believe I have figured it out.

The following quote by Bob Proctor sums it up quite nicely:

“Most people are not going after what they desire. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they’re going after what they think they can get.”

I set out on this contest with the following goal in mind:

  • Build 5-10 pounds of muscle & burn off abdominal fat.

This is not a bad goal or an unrealistic one.  But there’s a problem with this goal.  I wasn’t even aware of it at the time I crafted this goal.  When I set the above goal, I set it based on what I thought was possible, not what I truly desired.

If I’m honest with myself, that goal probably should have read:

  • Build 20 or more pounds of muscle & a set of ripped abs while getting down to 7% body fat.

But you see, that goal seemed to be “too much” at the time.  I placed artificial limitations on myself when I set my initial goal.  These limitations are what left me feeling a bit “off” at times during this contest.  Deep down my higher self knew I was settling for less than I was capable of achieving.

When I read that revised goal above, it gives me goosebumps.  It also stirs something inside of me.  It is hard to describe what it is/how it feels but whatever it is, it is hard to ignore.

This brings me to another Bob Proctor quote:

“Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time. It must be a goal that is so appealing, so much in line with your spiritual core, that you can’t get it out of your mind. If you do not get chills when you set a goal, you’re not setting big enough goals.”

When I sit down this weekend to craft my new fitness goal for the next 12 weeks, it will be something that gives me chills.  It will be ambitious.  It will also scare me when I realize the price that will have to be paid to see it become reality.  But that apprehension will quickly melt away.  Every time I think about achieving this goal, it will get me so excited that any fear will disappear.  My new goal is probably going to look a lot like the goal I listed above!

My challenge to you is to do just what Mr. Proctor said in the quote above.  Set a goal that ignites a fire within you that can not easily be extinguished.  That’s what I will be doing over the next few days!