Goals are important in life. When you have a clear goal to achieve something it makes it easier to formulate the plan and follow through on it to achieve that goal.
Is your goal to get stronger and build more muscle? You must know that the plan must focus on lifting relatively heavy weights and following a progressive training program.
Is your goal to get faster? You must know that the plan must focus on hitting the track and becoming skilled at sprinting.
Is your goal to get leaner? You must know the plan must focus on dialing in your nutrition.
When most people set out to achieve a goal they really do not formulate a plan or even have a clear goal of what they want. This is why in most cases people fall short and remain vexed.
Talk is cheap like the dollar store cologne I wore in high school. You have to know exactly what you want or you will end up achieving absolutely nothing.
Having a goal to gain 25lbs of pure muscle, lose body fat, get strong like a powerlifter, and develop the speed of sprinter simultaneously will only end in complete failure every single time.
You can have multiple goals but you will not be able to go 100 percent on all of them at the same exact time. You can either be average across the board or focus on becoming great at one thing.
If you are someone who is overweight, focus on dropping body fat. You will get stronger and more athletic along the way, but your main goal is body fat reduction.
If you are an athlete focus on mastering your sport and on building strength and power. You will look better along the way, but your main goal is performance.
What is the main difference between bodybuilding and athletics? The GOAL.
Bodybuilders are training for a specific look. There is absolutely no athletic performance on the bodybuilding stage.
Posing is an art form and it is difficult but it does not require the same skill set as going 12 rounds in a heavyweight fight.
Athletes are training for performance. You do not have to be the most muscular athlete to be the best one.
Compare the physiques of the great Jerry Rice and former NFL wide receiver David Boston.
While Rice was slender and athletic, Boston was jacked and super muscular. He looked like a bodybuilder who was ready to go on stage right now.
Even though he was much more muscular than Rice he did not have the heart, skill, or work ethic that Rice had. His career did have the longevity or success that Rice’s career had.
This is why you do not see any NBA players on the stage flexing and you do not see any bodybuilders driving to the lane to perform a windmill dunk. The goals of each practice are different and they do not translate to the other.
Choose a primary goal and stick to it. When you have achieved that goal, then go for another one.
There is nothing wrong with having multiple goals but to maximize the chances of your reaching a specific goal you have to focus on the most important one of the bunch.
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