Transitioning From a Goal

Is the next goal to do it in under an hour?

You've done it!  Climbed that proverbial mountain!  Maybe you set a PR at a road race or reached a new dress size or strength goal.  Congrats!  But now what ... I'm a big fan of goal setting.  I'm currently doing the 100 Burpee challenge and I'm on day 16.  It's simple enough: on the first day, do one burpee; on day two, do a pair of burpees; and so on, building up to 100 burpees sometime in March.  It's been easy initially but I know it will be more and more challenging as I go! Once you reach a goal, you'll need to make a transition though. After all, you've done what you set out to do, so here are some suggestions for the next steps. Evaluate.  Was the goal too easy, too hard, or just right?  Did it consume your life and drive your friends and family crazy?  Or was it inspirational and you want to do more?  Think about what you did and didn't like about your the goal you just reached and it will help you to determine the next one. Rest.  You've achieved a goal!  Celebrate and relax a bit before you move on to your next achievement.  You've earned it and you need to appreciate what you did, so take a moment to mark the occasion.  Feel free to reward yourself too. Pick your next goal.  If your goal was to do 10 pushups and now you'd like to do 20, that's a pretty straightforward goal.  But if your goal is to do something more complicated, like climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, you might need to do some research.  Take your time narrowing down your options and getting all the information you need. Begin.  The final step is to start striving towards your next goal!  Enjoy the challenge and track your progress.  You'll be even more proud when you reach a new benchmark if you can see where you came from. How about you?  Are you working through a goal right now?  Are you ready to set your next one?  Let me know what you've got in mind. Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to Transitioning From a Goal

  1. Staci December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Great post! I’m working on getting back into running after a hiatus and my first goal is a 10k. I just reached five miles again this past weekend and hope to do 5.5 this weekend. My next goal is to do the 25k I ran two years ago in May. We’ll see how that pans out … its so much to get ready for but it was an awesome event!

  2. Lisa Johnson December 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Staci glad you’re staying flexible with your goals and I read somewhere you don’t want to increase overall mileage more than 10% per week but that even sounds kinda high to me. Although maybe that’s for newbies not people getting back into it (you have a base even after a little break.) :-)

    Good luck with your run! I’m just getting back into it too. Finally find a pair of shoes that I love for forefoot strike running! So I’m really loving it.

  3. Mitchell - Home Fitness Manual December 17, 2011 at 2:03 am #


    Oh boy, this year has really flown by…it feels like I just sat down not too long ago and wrote a few goals for myself. Time “flyes.” (I couldn’t help myself.) :)

  4. Evilcyber December 19, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    Excellent post, Lisa! Goal-setting is among the most important things out there when it comes to fitness. I don’t remember where I read it, but someone probably a lot wiser than me once said: If you don’t know where you want to go, all winds blow in the wrong direction.

    One thing I’d like to add is that if you have *big* goal, break it down into smaller ones, to not have the feeling you are trying to climb an insurmountable peak. All those little triumphs along the way will help you keep motivation :)

    My current goal is probably made of too much machismo and a tad childish: I finally want to reach 16 inch upper arms :D

  5. Lisa Johnson December 19, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    EvilC, I think that’s a great goal as long as it doesn’t involve steroids! (which doesn’t seem your style at all …) I completely agree with the break big goals down into smaller goals, I do that all the time and frequently recommend the same thing to my clients. Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Bonnie Sayers January 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    I did want to start the 12 week livefit trainer program again, but with school out and no child care it has to be pushed back. I need a new fitness goal that is doable. I read in an FB group these girls doing shoulder press with 35 lbs and I have been barely making 20 lbs with 5 reps so that is not working for me.

    Next month I will be doing TRX again with trainer at the gym – looking forward to that.

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