IS GOAL-SETTING HELPING OR HURTING YOUR MOTIVATION?
“I’ve stopped setting myself goals,”my brother said over dinner. “I had quite a few, but then I wouldn’t hit them and I’d be down on myself. Now I just go to the gym to keep moving.”
He wanted to squat 100 kg (about 220 lbs). He worked through painful knee issues with a physiotherapist. He perfected his technique, often squatting in the middle of my parents’ living room to show me his posture. He was hell-bent on hitting one hundred, until… he wasn’t.
That day, while seated at the family dinner table and tucking into roast pork, he argued that goal-setting is detrimental to fitness because when you don’t hit your goals, you lose motivation to go to the gym at all and end up doing nothing. So you’re better off just going to the gym for the sake of moving around and leaving it there.