Jack Groppel, Ph.D., a fellow at the American College of Sports Medicine and head researcher on the Reach Your Goal study, shares a few tips on how you can reach your goals more than ever before.
Identify The Mission
“[Ask yourself] what matters most to you. And you have to ask that question with zero judgment. There’s no right or wrong. For some people, it could be their career. For others, it might be their spouse or a significant other; or their children or their pets; or volunteer work.”
Manage Your Energy
“What will help you manage your [physical] energy [is] eating every three hours. Get emotional stability by connecting with a loved one or reconnecting with a friend. Mental recovery comes from changing tasks, or giving yourself a mental break from how you typically do things.”
“Stress is the stimulus for growth. When you encounter stress, it can help you get stronger. Whenever I’ve worked with athletes or business executives or surgeons or FBI agents, [they say that] the tough times are what mold us. Stress really isn’t the enemy.”
Train Like an Athlete
“Understand the rule of mental recovery. Tennis players have 20 seconds in between points. They learn how to [recover] in 20 seconds. How valuable would that be to a businessperson going from meeting to meeting, to learn how to get that recovery in a very short period of time?”
Change The Story
“The story for many people is that life is a marathon. It’s just one thing after the next—but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the issue of changing the story, so it doesn’t have to be linear or nonstop. [You] can build recovery, and there is time to do it. [You] don’t have to be a victim.”
“The parking lot outside the fitness center is always full in January. Why is the parking lot empty in February? Because those people didn’t change the story. If it becomes who you are, as part of your core—I don’t have to go exercise, I am exercising— then it’s really as simple as that."