That’s okay. The most important thing is setting your sights on something.
I’m going to share the story of two goals I set for myself- one that I never achieved, and another that looking back almost seems silly- and how they both paved the way for progress.
At a young age I was the fastest kid on the playground, soon participation ribbons turned to city medals, then an Ontario medal or two.
The next step is clearly the Olympics. Well, in my head it was.
In grade 9 I was a fast kid who made OFSAA in the 100m & 200m.
In grade 10 I decided to experiment with the 300m hurdles. In all honesty it was to get away from a friend and rival of mine- Dan Brandao. We were in the same club and training group. He was a year older than me but born with a late birthday so we ran in the same division.
I set a goal to qualify for the Olympics. I knew 2008 in Beijing would be my best shot.
Well as the story goes, I never did make the Olympics. I never even ran for Canada at an international meet.
I beat some people I probably shouldn’t have, including a couple of junior national champions, youth national champions, and a Commonwealth decathlon gold medalist. Some of those guys were just plain faster than me- but there was a time when I truly believed my mind and my heart would not allow me to lose because I had such bigger plans. Most of the time it worked.
I never made the Olympics- but did I fail?
Now- the other story.
When I started CrossFit in 2009 the resources were scarce. I didn’t even know affiliate gyms existed. Bumper plates were nowhere in sight. Even instructional videos were tough to find.
I bought a decent bar and some bumper plates as soon as I had the money and almost instantly hit 180lbs. I lost my shit! I was so excited. Closing in on my lifetime goal… meanwhile all of 6 months had gone by.
As this story goes, I clearly set my sights very low. In 2015 I snatched 275lbs- a wee bit above the 185lbs I was so ferociously chasing.
Was I wrong in setting that goal? Of course not. And in fact with each stepping stone (200lbs, then 225lbs, and so on) I kept thinking to myself “wow…that was great, but I think I’ll eventually be able to do more”
Set a goal.
Even though the view from the top is cool, the climb up the mountain is the real experience.