Only three weeks left to 2020 and, oh man, what a year it has been!

As this epic trip around the sun accelerates to its finish, this is a great time to think about our goals, those we set 11+ months ago and those we’re considering as we look forward to a fresh start in January.

As fitness professionals, Julie and I spend a lot of time coaching our clients about the utility and importance of goals. “Success”, however that’s defined, with our fitness and nutrition efforts is usually predetermined by our clients’ goals.

So, I thought we’d share some of our thoughts and observations.

Why bother?

Let’s begin by exploring why we even bother. What’s the point?

Very simple… Goals = Hope

Merriam-Webster defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.”

It’s human nature to hope, to desire something and expect its fulfillment. This is just my observation, but it’s also human nature to be discontented with our current circumstances, whatever they may be. It’s a very rare human being who looks at their life in the present and pronounces, “everything is perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing.”

We certainly don’t have space in this missive to unpack why that is. Let’s just accept that to be true and continue our conversation about goals.

So, if it’s a natural thing to want to make improvements, and to place a reasonable expectation in their attainment, then setting goals is a powerful method by which to affect those changes.

Setting goals is an expression of our hope.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to dive into various aspects of goal setting and some methods we’ve discovered that increase their effectiveness and improve our odds for successful achievement of them.

For now, a recommendation I’d offer is to mark a date and time on the calendar before the end of the year to review our 2020 goals and begin to consider what we hope to accomplish in 2021.

Until next time, our goal is to be a resource to you and hopefully provide a bit of inspiration, maybe even a glimmer of hope.

Better days to come!

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.