The Importance of Goals
A huge part of growth is setting and achieving goals. In a sport revolving purely around numbers we tend to lose sight of which goals are important. I've seen many athletes look ahead to their 12 week cycle and work purely to PR a lift. Which 9 times out of 10 leads to a disappointing ending to a cycle. I'm sure some of you are thinking, wow what a dick.. but the reality of it is a training block is not ALWAYS planned for you to PR your lifts. Now that we got the fun stuff out of the way lets talk about the importance of goals!
Goals are for you and you only. How often should you set a goal you ask? EVERYDAY! Everyday you walk into the gym, every training day, you should have a goal set in play. After each session write down - yes I am old school and still write my logs in a book - in your journal some notes, some issues and reflect on those briefly before setting your goals for the next days session.
This goes way past physical goals, this is setting you up for success mentally. You prepare your food, you prepare your training log, prepare your brain. It is THE most important piece to truly succeeding. Your goals can be anything you want or need them to be, a physical cue, less rest between sets, stay off your phone, drink more water, etc.
Sure some goals can be physical, being more consistent with a lift, hitting a number you haven't hit in a while, but they aren't the true goals that matter. Your brain plays a much larger role than you think.
1% Better Every Day - 1.01^365 = 37.78
1% Worse Every Day - 0.99^365 = 0.03
Be better than you were yesterday and tomorrow be better than you were today.