One of my favorite movies as a young man was “Robin Hood, Men in Tights.” This classic had everything you needed, a great cast, a great story line, and absurdity. The scene that always sticks out to me is when Robin Hood meets Little Jon. Little Jon asks for a toll to cross his bridge. Then Little Jon says the line that makes me laugh every time I hear it, “tolls are tolls and rolls are rolls, if we don’t get no tolls then we don’t eat no rolls.” This reminds me of the gym and how we set our goals. It also just happens to rhyme.
I know this blog is starting strange yet if you are still with me hang in there. I have met thousands of athletes, lifters, and general public in my decades of training people and most did not have set goals. Then they found a trainer or a website that helped shape their goals. This is great, yet we must remember that most people never actually reach the goals that they set for themselves. So let’s review your goals. If you have large goals, do you know level of commitment it will take to reach those goals? Too often I see people set audicous goals (which can be great), yet they don’t manage the other aspects of their lives that will help them reach those goals. Much like Little Jon we must know the small steps that will get us to our goals. Tolls=Rolls.
Let’s say your goal is to lose 20 lbs. Are you willing to share that goal with those close to you? If not then you (like Little Jon), aren’t collecting your rolls. Are you prepared to wake up early on the weekend for the extra cardio session? Are you willing to forgo the cookie table at the wedding? These are challenges that make it hard to reach your goal. We must change our habits if we wish to reach our goals, and communicating this your friends and family is important.
So worry about the rolls not the goals. Have your goals, share your goals, and each day worry more about the rolls you (and Little Jon) collect. These are the small steps, the daily habits which will help you reach your goals.
Now go set some BIG GOALS and find the small rolls to help you.