R.O.C.K Principles: The importance of being Realistic
Let's get real about being Realistic
When it comes to my clients, health and life in general, I try to follow my R.O.C.K Principles as much as possible: Realistic, Organised, Consistent & Knowledge. This is the basis of my philosophy.
For a quick recap on what R.O.C.K is all about, check out the original article.
Over the next week few weeks I'll be taking a deep dive into each of these concepts and how they work together to help you reach your goals in the gym, at home and in the boardroom.
All four concepts are inextricably linked. It's all about helping you achieve a balance in life, making the hard stuff just a little bit easier with small changes and being honest with yourself. Let's start with number 1.
Realistic Goals, Realistic Approach
When goals are used properly they can be a huge motivator. They give you something to strive for, to work towards, to push yourself. The point of them is to actually be able to reach them!
It's about setting yourself up for success. It might seem like a basic concept but it can be hard to get goal setting and planning right. It is essential to be realistic and to approach it with honesty.
Don't let unrealistic goals get in your way
If goals are unrealistic that means they are unachievable. Not only do you end up setting yourself up for failure but you also run the risk of feeling demoralised and demotivated as a result and this can have continued negative effects.
So what does realistic goal setting and planning look like when it comes to training?
During the initial session, I work with a client to help them set their goals. As a part of this process, I always ask what made them want to come and see a trainer. This is hugely telling about where they are at mentally as well as where they truly want to go.
When setting achievable, realistic goals, we have to look at all the factors that can affect the road we travel to reach that goal.
The first step is to take a good look at my clients' schedule - what's coming up and what their days look like. Weddings, holidays, travelling for work, travelling generally, work events, parties, etc. We have to look at things like how many hours of physical movement can actually fit into the schedule and if they have the capacity (and the inclination) to prepare their own daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Then come all the other factors: what are your hormones doing; what is your work life like; what is your emotional state; what is your home life like; what is your commute like; what is your diet like and do you like to cook; how much stress is in you life and so on.
Once we have identified what we need to take into account then we can work out a real way to reach the goals and make a plan that works with you not against you. It’s not about quick fixes it’s about small changes that makes sense.
Some people think seeing a trainer will be the thing that makes the difference but really I am just your guide. It’s what you do outside the gym that matters.
There are lots of trainers who will prescribe a strict regimen that could get results but can leave you miserable and uninspired and more than likely will result in a return to the status quo or a blow out.
If you want healthy, sustainable results, being realistic with your goal setting is the first step and then it's time to make a plan for success that will actually work.
Being realistic is only part of it. Look out for articles on Organisation, Consistency and Knowledge coming up.
This is not just about goals in the gym but also goals in life.