Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Mission Shared Is A Mission Dared

Ever kept a goal to yourself because you were either a) afraid of failing at it and having others see you, or b) afraid of achieving it and stepping out of the comfortable definition you have for your life?

It's like the old adage- the only stupid question is one that isn't asked. I bet you have some goals you've considered but never told anybody.

I've worked in the fitness industry for about 11 years now, and the goals almost everybody repeat are 'lose weight', 'tone up', 'get stronger', 'have more energy'. All well and good, except a) they aren't tangible or specific enough, and they lack timelines, and b) they are too 'safe'.

Do you really want to achieve a goal? Let's review some brave folks who acted as an inspiration to others based on only 2 simple traits.

AC: Came into training at about 330 pounds. Needed convincing to walk in our doors, 5 months later he was down 50 pounds and hiked the Grand Canyon.

SM: Came in wobbling with multiple sclerosis and could not walk for 1 minute. Later walked a 5 kilometer race and made the newspapers

DL: Came in 'ton tone up' and later opened their eyes to new possibilities, lost 50 pounds, and recently rock climbed a 1200 foot national monument in Wyoming that 40% of all who attempt it fail at.

DD: came in to rehabilitate after a car crash, and later hiked Cascade Mountain in Banff (11 hours and 10,000 feet) as well as the Grand Canyon within 5 months of each other, plus did her first ever race(s) in between. Got inspired to change jobs and live more passionately for herself as well.

I could go on for a long time, but what these 4 (and hundreds of other great examples) share, is that;
a) they communicated a goal out loud- they put their intent out their in the universe
b) they worked their asses off consistently towards that end goal.

NONE of these people fed the B.S. meter by complaining "I want" without working for it. ALL of them said "I will" and they DID.

Keeping goals, fears, and perceived fodder for others to judge you to yourself, all leads to a self-limiting prison of the mind. It becomes a disease of self-debilitation.

Sharing your goals (and committing to them through planning and smart, hard work) is a great exercise in smashing boundaries that would otherwise limit all others.
Remember that a secret goal leads to a weakened soul, whereas
a mission shared is a mission dared (and most likely, achieved).

It may be easy for others to talk about how you tried and failed... but in their heart of hearts, they will forever be envious that you had the guts to try when they did not. And the world does not remember the pessimist... only the achievers.

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