Setting the right goals 🥅
Setting goals for yourself is one of the most important things you can do, both long term and short term goals. But you also need to think about what is realistic and what is a priority for this moment in your life. You need to be able to adapt and change your goals depending on your current situation.
For me right now, keeping fit and healthy will always be a top priority, but the more aesthetic aspect of training has taken a back seat. Being on my year abroad I want to be able to experience as much as possible, whether that’s eating more ‘unhealthy’ food than normal because I want to try local foods, or whether that’s missing a session or 2 in the gym because I want to go and explore somewhere. This year abroad is 9 months of my life that I want to make the most of, and so having abs or growing my bum can’t be a priority right now. Sure, if I can work towards these things during this time then I will, but if a last minute trip pops up then the gym will have to wait.
I know that when I get home I can dedicate more of my time and energy to the gym and nutrition, and then maybe some aesthetic goals will be more of a priority (although they will never be my main reason for training - health benefits > aesthetics always). So if you’re feeling frustrated at the moment just stop and think, are you really focusing on the right priorities? Maybe you’re doing exams and can’t get to the gym - you’re future is much more important than an inch more muscle. Maybe you’re in the first stages of a new relationship and eating out a lot - making memories and possibly finding love is so much more important than a lower body fat %. At different stages of life different things will have to take priority, but never be disheartened if things don’t go to plan. Cherish what you’re gaining instead of the progress you think you’ll be losing.