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AIMING LOW, Setting Realistic and Achievable Goals

One principle often emphasized by Jordan Peterson (famous Canadian Clinical Psychologist) is the idea of setting realistic and achievable goals. While Jordan doesn’t talk specifically about "Aiming low" in relation to bodybuilding, it is highly applicable to achieving the physique goals and wellbeing that we as Bodybuilders/fitness enthusiasts all desire.  Setting realistic goals can be beneficial for several reasons:

  1. Achievable Progress: Setting smaller, realistic goals allows you to make steady and achievable progress. This can help you stay motivated as you experience success along the way.
  2. Avoiding Frustration: Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and disappointment. By setting goals that are within reach, you're more likely to stay motivated and committed to your fitness journey. 
  3. Building Confidence: Achieving smaller goals can build confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. This positive reinforcement can contribute to a more positive mindset and increased motivation as each small achievement builds momentum and a lived track record, Ï know I can keep climbing because look how far I have already come”.
  4. Long-Term Sustainability: Bodybuilding is a long-term commitment. Setting practical goals that align with your current abilities and lifestyle makes it more likely that you'll stick with your fitness routine over the long term. Many of life’s achievements will require years of consistent work, a house, a degree or a great physique don’t just materialise after a few weeks.
  5. Adaptability: Life is unpredictable, sometimes we get injured or sick, things don’t always go the way we had planned. Setting flexible, realistic goals allows you to adapt to changes in your schedule, health, or other factors without feeling overwhelmed.

Jordan Peterson notes that "aiming low" doesn't mean settling for mediocrity. Instead, it suggests setting goals that are challenging yet attainable, “”one brick at a time”. As you achieve these goals, you can gradually up-scale the difficulty and aim for larger improvements and bigger conquests.

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