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Your Goals –Are They Yours or Are They Someone Else’s?

Posted Jul 20 2010 6:36am

Today we are going to talk about your goals and some important questions you should be asking yourself to make sure they are going to get you where you really want to be.

Take a look at your fitness and weight management goals for a moment. Ask yourself the following:

  • Where did they come from?
  • Are they from soul-searching, self-analysis, and thoughtful planning?
  • Are they a reaction to pressures from other people or your perception of what society expects from you?
  • Did you find them within yourself or from some external source?

The answers to these questions are important because they tell you if the person you are working towards being is who you really want to be or if you are trying to fit a mold that you haven’t chosen for yourself.  If you find that you are trying to fit a mold that you haven’t chosen for yourself you are more likely to get off track.

Here’s another way to look at each of your goals: do you really want it, or do you just think you should want it? It’s not easy to follow your own direction in life, but it is so important to you getting to where you really want to be.  It’s more possible than you may think. Question everything. Every goal in your life needs to justify why it’s there. If you can’t come up with a good reason that actually comes from your inner self, maybe it doesn’t belong.  Once you eliminate those that don’t belong you free up energy to focus on the goals that are worth the time and effort.

I have personally experienced getting off track because I was trying to reach goals that were not my own, so I know first hand how restructuring goals can make a world of difference. Once I eliminated goals that didn’t belong, I found it much easier to stay on track and really make progress.  Another important step I added is that I evaluate my goals every few months to make sure they still belong. As I progressed on my journey I found, that as my body changed, the goals I was working on needed to be adjusted to fit.

Quote of the day: “A well-aimed spear is worth three.” ~ Tad Williams

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