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Old 10-20-2009, 02:47 PM   #21
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Re: WHY are your goals important to you??

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:26 PM   #22
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Re: WHY are your goals important to you??

It's definitely about personal satisfaction. About setting a goal that at once seemed impossible, and meeting that goal. Basking in the glory that comes in meeting your goal is an awesome feeling, and then looking inside yourself and setting a new, seemingly "impossible" goal to accomplish. Every day better.

For me personally, being in the military, the APFT can really be a big deal and pride/egos definitely come into the mix. I want to be stronger and faster, and I want to set the example for my Soldiers and get the highest score. I started Crossfit and said "280 on my next APFT". That was my goal, and it was all about personal pride. We just had our APFT last week, and I scored a 286, easily maxing out my pushups and situps with time to spare. I beat every single one of my Soldiers, and all but one other female in my company. And when it was done, I was thrilled with my score and what Crossfit has done for me---and then I smiled and told my CF partner "290 on the next one".

Like someone else said on here. It might not matter WHY they're important, it just matters that they are. Aestetics, pride, whatever it may be, I know why I do it and that's what keeps me going.

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:46 PM   #23
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Re: WHY are your goals important to you??

Hey Cassy. Congrats on your 286 score. I like what you're saying too.

I keep thinking about this, and reading everyone's posts here, and then thinking more about it and about the article that sparked this.

Here's some more thoughts on my "why."

* Personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of meeting a goal.
* Personal satisfaction of participating. Sports = actively participating in life!
* Pure fun.
* The connection (relationships) to the people I do my sports with.
* The zen feeling of the sport. For example, I love gliding smoothly through the water. I love the sound of the water. I love executing the near perfect flip turn. I love the feeling of the sun beating down on my back.
* How fantastically fit and healthy I feel being an athlete

I'm sure I can think of more, however...must go meet my surf buddy for a martini!
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:00 PM   #24
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it's hard for me to separate the "why" from the "what do I do with fitness"...

I guess a lot of the why is ego centered. Being fit makes me feel good about myself. My specific goals are not the important part to me... it's that I HAVE goals... with goals, I will push harder. So I set incremental goals, and once I get there, I set new ones. If I don't set them, I'll get lazy. So my goals are important to me because they keep me working hard. A bit of circular reasoning, but there you go.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #25
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:43 AM   #26
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Because I like to win
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:21 PM   #27
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so people drop their jaws in awe

and because I'm stubborn

and I like to win
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:34 PM   #28
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so people drop their jaws in awe

and because I'm stubborn

and I like to win
Me too...all of these things. And it always amazes me how some people are not competitive at all. I can not comprehend that.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:43 PM   #29
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You've gotten mine to a few times!!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:56 PM   #30
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Re: WHY are your goals important to you??

Rip wrote an article, I think its on CFWF site, but it basically said that there are two types of people. People who challenge themselves by doing hard things and people who intentionally avoid hard things. Unfortunately more people are starting to fall into the "avoiding hard things" category and when they have to do something difficult they are completely unprepared for it. I like to be prepared...............and also the Zombie Apocalypse
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