GOALS, PERFORMANCE, AND THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED.

It’s funny. When you start on a journey you never know where you will end up. Or maybe you know where you will end up, but the path was not what you expected.

10 Years ago I was competitive figure skater trying to break onto the national scene.

5 Years ago I was coaching some of the best athletes on the ice and in the gym with Gryphon Athletics.

Then I became a kinesiologist and started consulting at some of Canada’s biggest companies.

If you told me 10 years ago I would be launching Balanced Life, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

That’s the best part isn’t it?

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Consistently, I have created goals for myself. Qualify for Nationals, win an OUA championship, work with some of the top coaches in the country, start a business, ect.

And consistently, the best part of having a goal is not achieving the goal itself. The best part is how you change from your experiences pursuing the goal. At the end of the day, goals are just the catalyst for change. They give us set parameters for progressing differently than we did before. And because you want to change, you will meet new people, read new ideas, and sculpt yourself into what you want to become.

But the hardest part is getting started. Deciding to set a goal means you have looked inside and discovered a place you want to grow. Facing the truth may be difficult, but it’s what’s needed to build a path in a new direction.

I have had many times where I didn’t set myself up for change. I focused on an arbitrary end goal without any reflection. Sometimes I thought I wanted to change because everyone around you is doing the same thing (New Years weight loss/workout goals anyone?). I didn’t look inside at what I wanted and blindly followed what everyone else wanted. To no surprise, I didn’t achieve anything and became disappointed without myself for not achieving a goal. I couldn’t make an effective plan because none of those goals related back to me.

But the process of starting is always difficult. In a recent blog post , I described that your goals have to be personal as part of the winning formula to achieve them. I have started implementing with all my clients, that you need to write down at least three sentences to describe why you want to achieve your goal. Taking the time with this exercise has opened enlightened conversations on why my clients want to change. Then it’s simple for us to enact a plan that will work for them.

The other question I ask when working with clients is “When was the last time you did something you have never done before?”. Some people have a small existential crisis when asked this but seeing that spark excites me to help guide them wherever they want to go next. Sometimes a spark is all you need.

So look inside in 2019.

Give yourself a direction.

And who knows where the road will take you.

Ready for change?

I think so.