A few weeks ago I read a quote that’s been bouncing around in my head. Don’t be a dreamer. Be a doer. Honestly, I think it might be attributed to the creator of Grey’s Anatomy or something.
Don’t be a dreamer. Be a doer.
Goals are cool… if you actually go after and achieve them. Instead of dreaming, go out and capture it. Sometimes I get caught in how good the dream (or idea) feels and therefore, don’t get around to the actual execution of making it happen because the fact of the matter is, sometimes doing doesn’t feel quite as good as thinking about doing. For one thing, it requires work which is oftentimes muddied by set-backs, challenges, and long uphill climbs. It’s arduous. Reality isn’t always as glamorous as the world we picture in our dreams.
Fitness-wise, I’m in the prime of optimistic, glass-half-full goal setting right now. That is goal setting while sitting on the couch and dreaming about what I’d love to accomplish someday, which suddenly feels like it needs to be now. I have all these crazy expectations of what I’ll jump into, how fantastically I’ll manage it, and how much progress I’ll make (quickly, of course).
I tend to check off major challenges, but without achieving some vital part of it: six marathons, but never breaking the 4-hour threshold I always talk about; 20 yoga classes in 30 days, but like going from zero-to-sixty, skidding to a halt as soon as the month was complete; completing a triathlon and loving it, but having skipped any and all training in the months preceding the race. I’m guilty of going after the “big, hairy, audacious goal” and leaving something hanging along the way.
When I set goals in upcoming months, I’d like to make a shift: worry about the pieces, the fine tuning, the short term, and allow that to accumulate to the total.
Are you a successful goal setter? Better yet, are you a successful goal accomplisher?What has worked best for you?