One of the most basic things about fitness is always setting goals and working to achieve them.

In particular, athletes are encouraged to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely). On the surface it makes perfect sense, but there are studies that suggest that there may be a darker, more negative aspect of the overall goal setting and the overall goal setting.

According to a Harvard Business School report, focusing too much on measuring results can lead to motivation, risk taking, and even unethical behavior. In health and fitness, this can be explained by following unhealthy foods, drinking and cleansing, and engaging in harmful behaviors such as over-the-counter diet pills or steroids. Perfectionism can cause a person to ignore the people he or she loves or to give up work.

In addition to the destructive behaviors to pursue the SMART goal, the tendency to achieve a large bucket list makes people stand up to the challenge and can truly believe it. New York Times bestselling author Jim Collins coined the term “big hairy bold goals” (or BHAGs) that determine work and change lives.

The problem with BHAGs is that their size can easily undermine morale and deprive the person who prepares it. For example, running a marathon (or losing 50 pounds) can be encouraging until you realize how much work you have to do.

If the definition of success is completely tied to the end result, a small daily progress can easily be seen as worthless, rather than a small victory. Trying to celebrate a 20-minute walk / race can be a bit of a stretch compared to a 26-kilometer run to finish a race day. In the same way, a person may not be very happy when the scales are not moving, but the pants are a little loose. The fact is that these small daily victories are, in fact, the only way to reach the ultimate goal.

Goals are a vision of the future when you feel a sense of accomplishment, but in the real world, not everyone who chooses a SMART goal will experience the success they envision. This means that if they stick to their plan religiously and follow everything, they may still not be able to do it.

There are countless factors that can make a difference, from genetics, living conditions and misfortunes to natural disasters and / or global epidemics. Unfortunately, many things that are beyond our control can easily stumble us. The sooner we accept the truth, the faster we will enjoy the process and the faster we will move on to the positive side.

Goal-setting is a useful tool to use as a guide to a remote target. More important, though, is to be able to focus on the goal of moving toward Him each day. When this can be celebrated on the road, the chances of hitting the target are greatly increased.

The daily opportunity to move in the right direction (at least in a small way) helps to keep the motivation and motivation needed to achieve the big goals of Big Hair. This may be partly due to the release of a chemical called dopamine in the brain, which can be associated with pleasure, excitement, motivation, and driving. If you find yourself in a tense situation and you sense anger building inside you, it may help. In other words, a process that promotes growth makes us feel good, which in turn makes us more active.

By no means do I want to convey that I recommend for the mother to be inactive. Instead, think of setting goals as part of your journey toward the desired future. Part 2 involves knowing the daily steps “under your control” that will move you forward. Part 3 is to forget about the goal itself and focus on the process of touching the needle a little every day. Doing daily work will leave you feeling satisfied and successful, even if it has nothing to do with a far-reaching, clever goal, even if it is a good idea and effort.

The irony of all this is that when you forget the goal and focus on the process, your chances of achieving it increase.