A few months ago, when I set the goal to achieve a pull-up at the gym, I knew I was committing to a long-term goal – not weeks, rather months to achieve (if not longer). 🦖
I was recently thinking that sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in “how long it’s taking to get there.” Maybe even consider giving up on the goal.
For my pull-up goal, I’ve been alternating between practicing the pull-up motions on the bar and carrying heavy kettlebells for a farmer’s carry to help strengthen my hands as well as push-ups and planks to help strengthen my shoulders.
One of the coaches at my gym was encouraging me not to give up because this is the kind of goal that “can take a long time to achieve.” Yes, it is. I’m 100% committed to my goal and I check in with myself periodically, celebrate where I am and how far I’ve come.
Today, I’m celebrating the progress I’ve made – from not being able to jump up on to the bar when I started to now being able to hang for 20-30 seconds, do 6 kips, do 12-15 shoulder shrugs, carry 2 30-pound kettlebells for 1/4 mile, doing a plank progression (starting with a minute 2 weeks ago and add 10 seconds every day) to name a few.
This allows me to take stock of ALL that I have achieved over the past few months in this progression. And it gives me the fuel to continue to push forward toward my goal. YES! 💪🏽
Just as the Earl Nightingale quote says, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
What goal are you working toward right now and what have you achieved on the way to that goal? Are you staying committed to the goal?