Setting a fitness goal like running a race, competing in a fitness competition, or lifting a certain weight is a great way to boost your health. More than that, these types of goals can have the added benefit of making you a better employee and leader, as many of the skills it takes to successfully complete an athletic pursuit are often determinants of success in the workplace.
Here’s why you should make a fitness goal for yourself, and how having one can make you better at your job:
Fitness goals make you great at time management
In order to achieve your fitness or athletic goal, you need to fit in training, proper nutrition, and adequate rest into your already-packed schedule. Having a fitness goal really forces you to step up your time management and prioritizing abilities in a way that other types of extra-curricular activities don’t (you can’t cram for a marathon at the last minute!).
Compared to your counterparts at the office, you will be much stronger at managing competing deadlines and multiple priorities. You will be more motivated to find creative ways to do more in less time, and this will drive you to the front of the pack both in your athletic pursuits, and at the office.
It’s great goal-setting practice
Fitness goals, compared to career or other types of goals, tend to be more specific and well-defined. I will run a marathon. I will deadlift 200 pounds. I will go to the gym 20 times this month. What success looks like, and the actions needed to get there are fairly clear. This makes it a great way to practice setting and achieving medium to long-term goals.
You will become much better at planning, organizing, and completing tasks as well as identifying and overcoming challenges in order to achieve a long-term objective. Once you learn the strategies that work for you, you can apply them to more ambiguous, complex goals like career goals.
You develop a stronger work ethic
For most people, running in -4° weather, or going to the gym when you have a cold definitely fall into the category of unpleasant. However, these are necessary evils when training for a race or competition. Compared to others, who may be more prone to procrastination or shirking when it comes to tasks they dread, you will be able to draw on that same strength you developed through your fitness goal to power through the less enjoyable tasks at work.
More than that, training towards an athletic goal makes you aware of the importance of hard work and how it pays off. Having fitness goals requires a lot of dedication and hard work that you can bring to the office and be a source of inspiration and motivation to your colleagues and teams.