The worst part of fitness goals that involve daily work (like my current two hundred miles in forty days goal) is missing days, and as if missing days isn’t terrible enough, cramming to make up work is even worse. The type-A in me lies in bed after days where I’ve failed to get it all done and says “oh, the miles will be run, and I will not fail.” The type-B in me says “why does the exercise have to be micro-managed? Are such small goals so important that I won’t get the the results if every goal isn’t met?” But type-B has no idea how to be so consistent that nothing needs micro-managing.
As we can see, the type-B voice is the stupid one. Of course every goal is important or else setting them wouldn’t be so important to us. My problem is that failure leaves type-A distraught and enraged. As much as failure can not be an option, acceptance of failure has to be much less of an option. With that said, goals are time-sensitive, and it is just unrealistic to think that you can buy or make up time that you should have saved by putting your goal first. When type-A takes over the right way is when the goal becomes to change your living habits and you do not need to set small goals. When this happens consistency is expected, but missed days become smaller deals in the big picture of a lifetime goal.
Goals come first. When they don’t you find yourself wondering if they should be taken so seriously. You should hate this person.