We often hear that obtainable goals need to be REALISTIC. The word is thrown around in coaching with an extremely subjective and sometimes vague meaning. Let’s dive into what it actually means when it comes to goal-setting.
I stick to 2 very basic criteria:
1. It needs to be SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE. Period.
Especially when it comes to body composition and/or strength, goals need to have scientifically proven backing in the process AND results. Sound expectations are completely dependent on just how logically achievable goals are.
Aiming high is great.
Blindly reaching is foolish.
Being mindful of scientific principles and processes ultimately sets us up for greater success and manageable expectations, especially when progress is not linear.
2. High Confidence in Compliance. No goal is realistic if you’re not consistently adherent to the process to get there. It requires focus,...discipline,...and intention to constantly align your WILLINGNESS to work with your DESIRED result. If you’re not at least 90% confident in your ability comply with the process, it’s time to reevaluate the end goal. It doesn’t make it impossible,...just not compatible with effort given.
Being realistic and aiming high CAN coexist. But without understanding WHAT that looks like and WHAT it takes, goals become wishful thinking.
Being better also means being realistic. 😊👊