HOLD FAST FRIDAY 11/13/2015
Motivation has been a subject on my mind for many years and I could not place a finger on why it could be as powerful as a thunderstorm or as desolate as the desert. Why is it so easy to workout when a goal is in place? Why is it so hard to keep the motivation once the goal has been reached? How can we eliminate the evitable plateau after reaching the goal? These questions I have racked my brain over and over again with no prevail, that is until this last week. During a psychology class the term was introduced, teleological.
Teleological is a or belief that a final cause exists, that there is a purpose of being, that all move toward a goal to final destination, and that order in the universe is not random. Human beings seek goals and set out to achieve them. Forethought is unique for us.
Personally I have run into plateaus after reaching a goal too many times to list. After winning a amateur body building event, I spent the next several weeks drinking beer and eating pizza. After I completed the 120-mile, Triple Bypass bike race in Colorado, weeks lapsed before I touched the bike again. Yet again, when I ran a 50k race in Destin, Florida in 2011, and still to this day have not run more than 10 miles in a single run. This ebb and flow has troubled me, and now I have found the solution.
Human beings are goal seekers. The key to eliminating these plateaus is to goal set through previous goals. First we have a goal and then set out to achieve it. Before the goal is reached, a new goal must be set in place, this is goal seeking through goals. This can be applied to many aspects of our lives. Professionally speaking, the goal is to get the fancy job and after a half dozen resumes and applications you get it. Now what? Goal set through to be the employee of the month. Goal set through again to be promoted.
Set a goal to lose 15 pounds in the next 12 weeks. As you follow a workout and meal plan you notice the pounds slipping away. As the 12 week mark approaches, set another goal. Run your first 5k race. Purposely and mindfully set out to achieve your goals. Just be sure to set through your goals to the next one to avoid plateaus. You are limited only your imagination.
References: Thought Patterns For High Performance. The Pacific Institute.