In my last blog we talked about setting some compelling, powerful goals for the next 6 week period and the importance of having ‘something’ to aim for and focus on.
In this edition I want to ‘chunk up’ slightly and shift the focus to a higher altitude vantage point where we start to look at the bigger picture.
A few years ago I wrote a blog entitled ‘Goals are Great – but they wont make you happy!’ which sparked quite a lot of debate at the time amongst clients and fellow trainers. Everyone is all about setting goals, reaching for measurable outcomes, and constant neverending improvement. BUT setting arbitrary goals and targets for the sake of it will only sustain motivation and focus for so long.
We need to first ask ourself the bigger question – ‘What’s the MISSION?’
Let us consider something big, like a war for example. Within any military conflict there has to be a PURPOSE (or there certainly should be) a REASON for engaging, a MISSION. This might be, for example, to overthrow a dictatorship, to prevent an invasion or to defend your own country.
This could broadly be described as the MISSION. This is the overarching, all consuming PURPOSE for the war. This MISSION should be understood top down by every level of personnel involved. This MISSION, in fact, getting involved in the first place in any type of conflict will be a decision largely based on VALUES and BELIEFS (which we will discuss in depth at a later time) The MISSION is usually simplistic and broad and lacks detail. That’s because it’s THE BIG PICTURE and is used as a compass to direct all decisions, strategies and tactics going forward. Nothing supercedes the MISSION!
We each need our own MISSION to live a life of purpose rather than circumstance. We can have one big MISSION for our life – a kind of umbrella that encapsulates our PURPOSE, or, if that is a bit heavy at the moment we can have a mission for different areas of our life for example; family, career, finances, spirituality, health and fitness etc.
Some examples of MISSIONS concerning health and fitness could be:
To be a shining example of fitness and vitality to your children / grandchildren.
To commit to a life where daily exercise / activity is an essential cornerstone.
To ensure that as you age you maintain optimal health, strength and flexibility.
To live a life of discipline and strength and take pride in your appearance and physicality.
To use exercise and health to boost your productivity in all areas.
The above are big, bold, ballsy statements that can be summed up as MISSIONS or PURPOSES.
Within any war there are numerous battles or conflicts that need to be won in order to realise the MISSION. The war may last for many years and go through many phases but ultimately the MISSION remains constant. The battles and conflicts within the war are how I want you to start viewing the goals that you set.
The goals ARE NOT the MISSION. They are necessary stepping stones helping us to achieve, realise or maintain the MISSION.
SO…..’What’s YOUR MISSION?’
When you have a MISSION, goal setting will become easier, more obvious, more logical, more impassioned and more meaningful to you.
Also, if on occassion you narrowly miss out on hitting a goal (which you will from time to time – or you’re not stretching far enough) you can remember the old addage which is incredibly appropriate:
Just because you’ve lost the BATTLE, doesn’t mean you’ve lost the WAR!
Yours in health,
James St Pierre