“Productivity is the act of bringing a person towards their goal,” (DeVries, 2021).
Whether your goal is to get strong, decrease body fat, improve your healthy lifestyle, or all of the above, check out these four steps to help get you closer to your goal.
What are you hoping to achieve?
Think about what you want to get from your goal. A good, attainable goal will be clear and defined.
If your goal is, “I want to get strong,” ask yourself, “What does strong look like to me?” Is that having a 405 lb. squat? Being able to lift and carry your kids when you’re playing with them or going on hikes? Or being able to do more pushups than you can do right now? These are all examples of what getting strong can look like. When setting a goal, it’s important for you to know exactly what it is you’re chasing after.
What are some daily and weekly actions that you are willing to do?
Now that you have defined a clear vision of what you want, the next step is to identify the small steps that you are willing to do to reach your goal.
This is a crucial step because small steps can add up in big ways. You don’t need to be able to climb Mt. Everest in one day but if you put foot after foot, you’ll get there before you know it. If you want a 405 lb. squat, start with investing time into your technique, and working out muscle imbalances. If you want to be able to lift your kids, start with practicing movements that will carry over. Or, if you want to be able to do more pushups, modify the movement for now.
Productivity does not look like big leaps and bounds all the time. Productivity is the culmination of small actions, over time, which add up in big ways.
How much time are you willing to give yourself to accomplish your goal?
Having a timeline is not a deadline that’s meant to cause someone to run away and shriek at the idea of failure if they don’t make it.
A timeline is simply the window of time that you want to commit to working toward your goal. This can be as short as 3 months or as long as a year. Giving yourself a certain window of time to accomplish your goal can hold you accountable but also keeps you thinking about all those small steps you’re taking toward the finish line.
Be honest with yourself!
Sadly, sometimes, the fitness industry preys on insecurities and will offer a magic solution to fix everything immediately. Promises of a quick fix and a fast answer to all your questions are rarely sustainable.
As you continue to pursue your goal, make sure you’re being honest with yourself about how important your goals are to you and what it is you truly want. If you can invest time in yourself and your goals then making improvements in your life to reach them won’t seem so intimidating.
Even though it might seem challenging now, being able to take the small steps, and investing time in yourself will make it seem like a breeze in no time. Be true to yourself, love yourself, enjoy the process, and understand that it will take time. Your patience will breed perseverance and your perseverance will lead to progress.
DeVries, Tyler. (2021) The Goal: A process of ongoing improvement. https://tylerdevries.com/book-summaries/the-goal/ Accessed November 2, 2021.