The Necessity of Having Goals
By Coach Willis
The great French naturalist John Henry Fabre conducted and experiment with Processionary caterpillars. This species blindly follow the one in front of them , hence the name. Fabre carefully arranged them in a circle around the rim of a flower pot so that the lead caterpillar actually touched the last one, making a complete circle. In the center of the flower pot he put pine needles, which is food for the Processionary caterpillar. The caterpillars started around the flower pot. Around and around, hour after hour, day after day, night after night. For seven whole days and seven nights the wet around the flower pot. Finally they dropped dead of starvation and exhaustion. With an abundance of food less than six inches away, they literally starved to death because they confused activity with productivity....
Unfortunately there are many youth athletes, even ordinary people looking to improve their fitness who can never reach their fullest potential because they aren't setting goals and taking actionable steps each and every day to reach their goals.
Confusing activity with Productivity
In my profession as a strength and conditioning coach, I have worked with athletes at every level as well as the general population to help them improve their overall fitness.
One thing that all of the most successful athletes and fitness individuals had in common is they set goals.
You will never be able to hit a target that you do not have, and moseying around aimlessly just expends energy.
Goals provide direction and enable you to do more for yourself. There will always be a certain fear attached to goals because what if you miss them.
There is always risk in chasing a goal, but the risk is infinitely greater if you do not set them.
As I say quite often, it’s important that your why behind your goal is strong as this will be the fuel in the journey.
People with weak why behind their goals never end up finishing through because they weren't driven enough to overcome the setbacks.
The Late Maxwell Maltz compared the functionality of man as that of a bicycle:
Unless he's moving forward and upward towards and objective-a goal- he is going to falter and fall.
Goals are in fact necessary.