Quite a few clients come to me for support in achieving a health or fitness goal, whether it's losing weight, completing a 5K, achieving a personal best in a marathon. But did you know that many more men and women seek out support after they achieve a big goal?
Imagine working for weeks and weeks, maybe months, maybe even years toward a specific goal or event. There's a laser focus on achievement, and daily satisfaction in completing all the little tasks aligning you toward your goal.
Once that event is in the rearview, there's a void left, sometimes even a bit of sadness, and an overpowering question: Now what?
I frequently see long-term dieters who achieve their initial goals seeking out more and more drastic measures so they can achieve further results and enjoy the satisfaction of daily mini-achievements. They undertake juice cleanses, anti-science bullshit diets like Whole 30, and other over-the-top schemes to fill the void.
Many runners become serial racers so they never find themselves in the void. Then the law of diminishing returns kicks in, and they get less and less of a buzz from their efforts, their results become spotty--or worse, they become injured and stop achieving personal bests--and the whole thing feels more like a slog than a healthy and fun pursuit.
There is another option: Pivot to focus not on a short-term goal, but on your long game, by working on becoming the healthiest version of yourself. The work you do now on building new and sustainable, healthy habits for the long term will prime you for achieving your next shorter term goal.
If you're in "Now what?" mode and not sure where to go next, let's talk!