Breaking Patterns, Setting Goals, Writing a Story of Success

Have you been living in a pattern, doing the same things day in and day out? If you’ve spent any time at State of Fitness you know how much we stress setting goals. We emphasize developing a plan to achieve success.

We’ve had people do marathons who thought they would never run for more than 30 minutes.

We’ve watched members participate in triathlons who thought they were too old to do “crazy stuff” like that.

And we’ve seen members simply take ownership of their health by dedicating themselves to a workout routine.

The fact is anyone can achieve great things.

Sometimes it just takes an outside person or thing to generate that change. On our own, it can be difficult to see where a pattern exists or where we may be stuck. It can be equally difficult to see the very attainable success that lies just beyond our current reach. For that reason, it often takes someone else to open our eyes to the amazing experiences we could be enjoying. Our goal at State of Fitness is to provide that fresh perspective. We aim to get each person on the path to greater achievement.

My Story

If you’ll permit me to use to a personal example, I would share of a time when I experienced the power of goal-setting first hand. When I completed my four years of college, I had a desire to continue playing baseball. It was my dream to play at the professional level and, while it was a “long-shot,” my best chance was to attend the summer tryouts for the Northern Independent league.

To make matters worse, I sustained a shoulder injury in the winter of ‘09 that kept me off the mound for my entire senior year. I would need to rehab my arm back to playing shape, and train beyond that to compete at the highest level possible. While working a job and attending graduate school, I set a goal to attend the summer 2010 tryouts in Cleveland, Ohio. I also set time-specific goals for pitching velocity and control. Over the span of about 6 months, I met with a personal coach and trained harder than I had ever trained before.

The point is we sometimes need to force ourselves outside our comfort zones in order to achieve the unthinkable.

So let me ask you, what do you think you can’t do?

Consider something you may have thought impossible until now.

You’re already familiar with the reasons not to do it.

What I want you to do is list 3 reasons why you CAN do it.

My challenge to you is this: what will you do this week to start getting after those “CAN” reasons? The cool thing about my story is that while I never got to play professional baseball, I was stronger and better conditioned than I had ever been before. Also, I was throwing harder than ever before. But even with extensive rehab, my shoulder was not able to take the stress of repetitively throwing off a mound. I knew this was God’s way of “closing the door” on baseball. I found incredible peace and fulfillment in what I had accomplished, simply by motivating myself with a goal.

Find Your Pattern and Break Out

So what pattern are you stuck in, and what’s keeping you there? The truth is that no matter what you have going on there are always ways to have a meaningful and successful life. Poor health, busy work schedules, and even financial problems have kept many people from accomplishing great things. And while these are very real problems, they are not the ultimate decision maker – you are!

In the Bible, Paul writes in Philippians 4:12, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” Remember that no circumstance lasts forever, and every season comes to end eventually. What matters is how we choose to respond in the midst of those circumstances.

You have the opportunity to make a change. If you can’t figure it out, ask someone close to you to give you honest feedback and be prepared to do something about it. Start breaking a pattern today and set goals to achieve the things you’ve always wanted to! Even if you don’t meet that goal exactly the way you planned, you will be better off as a result of trying. After all, it’s just as much about the journey as it is the destination.


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