Long term goal/s, do you have one? Do you want six pack abs? Or maybe you want to marry a really hot super model and drive a Ferrari while having an affair with your hot maid? No? We all have long term goals maybe not as outlandish as previously mentioned but it is definitely a normal thought we humans have. The problem with these long term goals is that we tend to romanticize the idea and lose sight of the steps necessary to achieve that dream goal. Now I am not saying we should not dream BIG, in fact I think we should but responsibly. How can you dream big but in a responsible manner?
Personally, I am not sure I am qualified to tell you how you should plan your goals. Although, I believe there is one fatal error that we are prone to when setting long term goals. That is that we often overlook the importance of the day to day grind that goes with accomplishing that goal. Lets take for example someone who wants six pack abs. For those of you who have some understanding of this process you know that this is hard work. When I was a personal trainer so many people came to me with the goal of getting six pack abs and they wanted them before summer. Most of these folks had no clue just how much goes into getting six pack abs. Aside from the obvious, like having to do additional cardio and ab related exercises there’s the whole diet part. What about the meticulous meal prepping and dietary changes that you will have to make? As the saying goes abs are made in kitchen. All of the sudden this glorious goal of getting six pack abs ain’t so glorious anymore. The road to achieving any long term goal is not as sexy as the goal itself.
It is easy to see why so many people set these amazing goals but often fail at them. We underestimate the process. The process is not always going to be sexy and in fact in many ways its going to be hard. That is why there are so few Michael Jordan’s, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Guy Fieri’s (hehe) because it is HARD. There are no shortcuts folks. There is no overnight success. Trust me I am lazy I have looked far and near for a magic pill that let’s you achieve your goals overnight and it does not exist. So I guess what I am trying to say is that when you set out to accomplish any goal just be aware that if you want to succeed you must embrace the process. Learn to love the process. Embrace the fact that there is no overnight success. Greatness is an accumulation of repetitive actions that you take to get there. I leave you with this quote, “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”