Setting goals that work for you
Let your goals hype you up, not freak you out
Primal squats. I could not, for the life of me, get down and into this position. I failed, I kept at it, I got frustrated. Big breaths. I remembered why I was doing this in the first place and I figured out what works for me. In this case, what worked for me was putting some blocks under my butt to prop me up just enough that I could focus on standing, squatting down, and finding those blocks under me. This made it much easier to trust my body and over time I was able to do these squats without blocks. I achieved my goal by allowing the process to change along the way.
The first step to setting a goal is really figuring out what your goals are, as defined by you. It’s easy for us to compare ourselves to others, or set our goals based on what we think we have to do; what we feel expected to do. These goals are about you, your wants, and your needs – so the only person whose input you need at this stage is your own; and I will support you along the way.
It’s one thing to set a goal, now we need to figure out how to get you there. Go into this process with an open mind and patience with yourself. Allow yourself to fail and know that preconceived ideas will change along the way, because that’s how life and growth work! Things will be difficult, until they aren’t, so don’t let the challenge keep you from reaching your goals. What works for you? For me, it was using props available to me. Maybe setting some mini goals along the way will help; who doesn’t like to celebrate the mini victories?
Keep at it and remember why you set that goal in the first place. What are the benefits from achieving your goal? Is it feeling more in tune with your body, is it the ability to stretch just that little bit more, or, hey, are you looking for some bragging rights? Keep these in mind when things are getting especially frustrating. And attend class! Make use of the support and camaraderie, and know that you can always check in with me to ask questions and troubleshoot.