Setting competition goals for me is very easy. Actually, for anyone involved in strength athletics goal setting can be as simple as stating, “I want to lift “X.”” Too bad staying on track isn’t quite as easy.
My present goal is simple. I want to bench 600 lbs raw in my third weight class. I have benched 605 as a superheavyweight and 600 at 308 lbs. Benching 600 in the 275 class seems like a logical and reasonable goal.
Now most would think the difficult part of reaching a goal would be the hard work that goes into accomplishing it. For me, it’s quite the contrary. I love the work. I love it so much that I am constantly trying to add and improve upon it. That’s when things start going sideways.
I’m hitting personal records nearly every week in training. That would be a good indicator that I am on my way to reaching my goal. However, that must not be good enough. Now in my head, I need to bench 600 raw in the 275 lb weight class at 15% body fat while being able to run seven minute miles.
My goal was set and now without even realizing it, I’m revising it in my head. Seriously, if my conditioning and nutrition has been leading to great training, why do I have this overwhelming urge to change things? Are my expectations too high? Am I afraid of failure or maybe even success? I don’t know. Perhaps these ulterior goals are being created by my subconscious for excuses down the road.
It is clear to me I have been on the right path to realize my goal. Writing this has been cathartic. Regardless of the reasons, these outside influences are a distraction, and I have to let them go. If setting the goal was easy, I should keep the process of achieving it easy as well.
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