noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\
: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
: the act of finding out or calculating something
: the act of officially deciding something
Many things in life do not come easy. Yes, there are those few people who seem to achieve all their goals with minimal work, but the key word there is “seem.” Most things in life require work and do not come easy. When setting your goals it is important to know yourself. To know what you expect from yourself. To know what your capable of and dream of what might be out of reach. I think most importantly though, you must admit to yourself how determined you are to meet those goals.
You have to ask yourself a couple of tough questions:
What am I willing to do to meet my goals?
How much effort do I really want to put into them?
Am I willing to give up anything to get where I want to go?
These questions really pertain to all goals we set in life regardless of weather they are our fitness goals. Once goals are set then it is time to put in the hard work. When it comes to our fitness goals, not everyone will understand our drive. Some may even think we aren’t all there . Some might unknowingly try to sabotage them by telling us that it’s ok to miss a run, a workout, or what not.
This is why is really is important to have friends with similar goals. They understand if you can’t make a breakfast because you’ve got to get your run in. They will encourage you to skip your shopping trip (unless it’s for new running shoes) to get your workout in. Yes it is fine to miss an occasional workout or run, but the problem is that it is very easy to go from missing one to missing a week.
That is where determination comes into play.
How determined are you?
How important are your goal?
Determination is the key to meeting your goals. Determination is what will get you out the door to run when all you want to do is meet friends for coffee. Determination is what will get you to the finish line.
Now please don’t think that just because I’m determined to meet my goals that is all that I focus on. It isn’t. It just causes me to shift my priorities slightly and maybe causes me to go for my run and then stop in for breakfast afterwards.
Not everyone will get your choices and that’s ok. As long as you make the ones that you are comfortable with. Your goals are yours and yours alone. This is why it is key to surround yourself with those people that are just as determined as you. They understand. They encourage. They don’t think your crazy and they understand your determination because they are determined too!
How determined are you?