One of the morals of the Goldilocks story (and not just lock your doors so a stranger doesn’t sneak in and eat your food, break your child’s chair and sleep in your bed!), is the idea of things being ‘just right’.
If you were asked to race someone over 100m with the objective of winning, your motivation will likely take one of three paths;
- If you were asked to race Usain Bolt, you know the outcome. Without any other action, you’re not motivated towards the competition, as you know you’re not winning.
- If you were to race a 6 year old, you know the outcome. Without anything else being said, you’re not motivated towards the competition, as you know you are winning very easily.
- If you were asked to race someone that you know is of a similar standing to you, all of a sudden, you’re motivated.
With the right training and some hard work, you can do this.
There is constant talk of not achieving/growing whilst in your comfort zone. And whilst this is true, you won’t achieve or grow on the other end of the spectrum – putting yourself in a situation that is seems so difficult, you instantly lack motivation and/or interest from the start.
We need to find an optimum level of “comfortable-difficulty”.
Therefore, when doing anything, we need to find tasks/jobs/challenges that are…jussst riiight! (See what we did there).
The added benefit of this approach is you feel happy when you achieve and complete something that was difficult.
Seeing this shorter-term progress will help you maintain your focus, motivation and inspiration to continue.
This concept can be applied to anything. But as we run an amazing Strength, Fitness and MMA gym, let’s put it into context a bit.
Worried about joining an independent gym like ours that may appear intimidating?
Join us on one of our beginner programmes or challenges. That’s it. Just have the goal of joining us on one of our beginners programmes, and don’t look past that. Once we get you through this, then we can look at other goals.
In this case, we’ve found a task that is jussst riiight.
Want to add 20kg to your back squat? First, aim to add 5kg in 6 weeks by following a programme. Review how this went, and based on your analysis, you can then set a challenge (and relevant training sessions) that are…jusst riiight.
Want to eat an entire tub of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie? Start with the challenge of half a tub before moving on to attempting a whole tub in one sitting.
There is a much more in-depth, psychological rationale behind the success of this idea, but we enjoy keeping things short and simple, so here’s the bottom line: set your goals so they are challenging enough that make you work for them, but are attainable, and will therefore provide you a sense of achievement, happiness, fulfilment, and keep you focused and motivated to move on to harder goals.