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2009 Goals Revisited

By March 25, 2009 21 Comments

The post is a response to the post made soon after 2009 started asking everyone to write down their goals for the first 3 months of 2009.  Please go back to that post and check out what everyone said. I want to congratulate all those who posted, it takes some guts to do that, even though it is still pretty anonymous.  It was neat looking back at some of the successes of the past 3 months.

One of my physical goals was to bench press 250 lbs.  This has been a goal of mine for some time now and it has always eluded me!  So here is the video of me trying!

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So, I unfortunately didn’t make it.  I had benched 240 lb the week before.  But there are many lessons that we can take away from this.

#1  Make your goals challenging.  This was a very tough goal for me since I have tried it for a couple years.  Even though I didn’t reach this goal, I did improve my bench and am at the strongest point in my life.  The saying “Shoot for the moon and if you fall short you will fall amongst the stars,”  is a great reminder.

#2 Don’t make excuses.  I have a couple very legitimate excuses for not reaching this goal, but I don’t even dwell upon them.  If I don’t take responsibility for not reaching the goal, then there isn’t anything I can do to reach it in the future.

#3  Evaluate why the goal wasn’t reached.  This could sound like making excuses, but it is different.  It is looking at the reasons why the goal wasn’t reached and how to change that in the future.  For me, I didn’t consume enough calories to put on additional lean muscle.  The second reason was that I didn’t follow a specific benching program designed to increase the bench press.  My training program wasn’t specific to that goal.

#4  Reevaluate the goal and decide if you want to try for it again.  Some goals you might not be interested in achieving.  At one point it sounded good, but now it isn’t important to you.  If you have reached the goal you must make new goals!  That is the fun part.

In closing, continually make goals and review them often.  Goal setting is one of the most powerful tools you can do.  They give you a benchmark to go off of when evaluating the success of any effort you are putting in.

So now it is your turn!  If you shared your goals last time, look back and tell us how you did. Then share with us your next 3-6 month goals.  If you didn’t share your goals last time, this is your chance to put some goals into writing.  3 months from now we will check back and see how you are doing!