Written by Sarah Loogman


As we approach years end, you may be considering your New Years goals. For many, this is an exciting opportunity to “start fresh” and kick off grand endeavors. In the fitness community, this is often a long “PR wishlist” marked by numbers and times. We know exactly what we want to accomplish and just how strong we’d like to be. But did you first question why?


A bodyweight snatch is a notable benchmark, a dozen strict pull-ups is impressive, a first-time muscle-up would be awesome. But before you set out on what you want to do in this next season of life, it’s important to identify why. A goal without a foundational motivation is bound to lessen the overall experience and fall short of expectation.


Here are some questions to ask yourself when forming your goals for the new year:


How will my pursuit of this goal affect my relationships? Will this require me to sacrifice important friendships or will it allow me to let go of unhealthy ones? What new relationships could grow from chasing this experience? Are these the types of relationships that will benefit me most?


How much time will these goals require? What will I need to sacrifice or change about my time budget now in order to achieve my goals? Does this balance the way I spend my time overall?


How does accomplishing this goal affect my character as a person? Will this be different if the goal is not met? Does this help me add to the people around me?


Long Term
What overall purpose does accomplishing this goal serve? What greater picture is this a part of? What ‘next step’ might this lead to and is that the best direction to head?


Is this goal truly healthy for me both mentally and emotionally as well as physically? Does this help me balance my wellness overall? Is this the most appropriate way for me to accomplish what I really want?


Everyone loves to PR and see the weight on the scale change, but before you start a long list of what you want to be able to do by this time next year, be sure to put it into perspective. The more precisely you can identify the reason you are pursuing your goals, the more likely you are to be successful in your pursuit and to feel fulfilled at the end of it.