Goals VS Complacency
Someone recently asked Nicole what the biggest difference is between her life in competition mode and her regular life mode. It’s a really great question and here is her answer:
Let’s change competition mode to “Goal” mode and regular life mode into “Complacent” mode.
I’m changing the wording because a goal, is a goal, is a goal. When we have goals we have steps, strategies and agendas to achieve that goal. It requires commitment, consistency, diligence, follow through, sacrifice, awareness, progress, and a deadline of completion.
Complacency is when we are fine with where we are at. No real drive or motivation to change ourselves, our life, or our behaviors.
When I am in a place of being complacent and without a goal in front of me, I am more likely to take my foot off the gas when things get hard, busy, overwhelming, or inconvenient.
For example: I may have plans to workout but then a friend calls to go to a movie and I choose to skip my workout and enjoy a movie, thinking nothing more about the missed workout. I may feel that ordering something healthy when we go to eat is the smart choice but I order pizza and ranch as I am not in the mood to eat healthy. I’m okay with this because the choice isn’t effecting anything I’m working for. I have a crazy busy day, I have no time to cook so I take a trip through the Taco Bell drive through. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being in this place but we must be careful not to get too comfortable in being complacent. Human nature is to grow, improve, be better, get a raise, a new job, etc. It doesn’t need to be health or fitness related.. However, I’m taking myself out of goal mode and sharing my personal experiences that I might take without a goal.
Let’s go into goal mode. My current goal is to compete. So this is the shift… A friend calls to ask if we can watch a movie but I haven’t done my cardio. I accept the invitation but fit in a late night cardio session never once dismissing the work that needs to be done. We go to eat and although the pizza and ranch smells so good and looks amazing, I order a salad with grilled chicken. I am getting home late and didn’t plan dinner, I stop at the grocery store, inconvenience myself and run in to grab something healthy to cook. My world still moves on but the goal stays in front of me. I don’t allow myself to fall off track in the midst of plans changing, temptation or time constraints. I stay the course whenever possible but it’s never a perfect course…more a valiant effort.
This is the best way I can answer this question. A competition is a commitment and a contract with myself. If I stay true to it, I can be satisfied with the end result, if I don’t then I will be left unfulfilled and questioning what could have been.
It’s easy to discount my goal on the outside, judge it’s purpose and dissect it’s payoff but at the end of the day, it’s a goal and it takes just as much determination and follow through as anything else.