In training it is easy for clients to have a loss of perspective on progress. Today, your goal in reading this, is to take a step back and regain perspective on where you are at with your fitness journey…and most likely determine (especially if you have found your way to this blog), that you are further along, and doing better, than you are giving yourself credit for.
First, let’s take a look at the definition of progress: To improve or develop over a period of time, to move forward or toward a place. It’s important to notice that the definition of progress has a time component associated with it. It is not a process simply completed overnight, over a few weeks, or in some cases even a few months.
Unfortunately, we often see a loss of perspective with clients when it comes to their goals and progress. Whether the goal is body composition change, strength, or endurance, more often than not clients get caught “in the moment” of where they are at currently in relation to said goal. They really need a coach or mentor to regain perspective and realize where they are at in the chain of progress. It’s very easy to focus on where you are at now and look ahead in to the future when it comes to goals, instead of taking an A to B look at how you have progressed.
If you have already embarked on your journey, take 2 minutes, right now to write down whatever you can remember about the first days of when you started your path to health and fitness. Not only your quantitative measurements and weight, but your mindset, your attitude, your confidence, your energy, your pain levels, how you ate, your knowledge of health related things, your group of friends, your posture, anything! We will wait…
Now consider where you are at right now…and look at all the things you have written, how much different (and most certainly better) are they? This is a true apples to apples comparison and great to help you gain perspective on how well you are doing. Thus giving some credit to the process, not only focusing on “the next goal”.
If you are just about to begin your journey, we want you to make this same list and reference it in 3 months, 6 months, 2 years and see just how much you have accomplished, transformed and bettered yourself.
So remember, take credit in your progress and don’t just judge it against your end goal.
You are doing more amazing things than you are giving yourself credit for!!