Success has ruined many a man.
It is so essential for our own progress that we set goals and challenges for ourselves. Things that are tangible, but push us to work harder than we normally would to achieve what we set out to do. We need to work, step-by-step towards our objectives, inevitably bettering ourselves along the way. But what do you do when you've achieved that huge, at one point far off, unbelievable goal?
That's what I've been faced with recently and while I have some plans in mind, getting back that fire and drive has been challenging. I spent months training for a marathon. It consumed a good part of my time and I had a concrete plan to follow along the way. Race day came and went, and while I am so proud of myself for accomplishing what I set out to do and for crossing a major line off of my bucket list at only 25, I'm left with a void that needs to be filled. I just ran a marathon, what do I do now? There is no desire in me to try and run further than 26.2 miles, and I've had my fill of running for a while, so I'm not looking to start training again for another one, so what do I do?
My answer is two-fold. In regards to fitness, I plan to get back into weightlifting which I really missed while training these past few months (long distance running and heavy lifting aren't extremely compatible, especially when you're nervous about your first marathon ever). Really, I'm more excited than I thought I would be to get back to lifting, so I'm looking forward to that and focusing on really sculpting my body the way I want it this time. But there is no major life accomplishment at the end of that path. So, I've made a new "life-altering" goal that is unrelated to working out.
While I love working towards a new physical challenge, it is really the idea of challenging myself, pushing myself, and striving to make myself better that thrills me. Taking a risk and being willing to fail along the way to accomplish something I really want is the best feeling one can get and when you succeed it is that much sweeter. So I'm on to bigger and better life goals. And maybe when I finish them, I'll go back to a fitness related goal. As long as you keep trying new things, keep expanding your comfort zones and your abilities, you will continue to grow and succeed and accomplish things your younger self could never have imagined happening.
So what's your goal? And what are your goals after you finish that goal? Think about it, make a list, and be ready because once you accomplish one goal, it always feels easier an
lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and feeling confident.