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How to Reach Your Fitness Goals in 1/2 The Time – The Tennis Ball Theory of Goal Achievement

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A few years back, I found myself getting really pissed off at myself and beating myself up because I wasn’t seeing the progress that I wanted.

Like the other “serious” people in the gym, I was putting in serious hours, effort, time, and thinking into trying to get my own dream body.

But the results weren’t coming.

So I found myself complaining, comparing myself, and wondering why they were all making progress, but I wasn’t.

If you’ve been there, you know it’s literally one of the most disheartening experiences a person can imagine.

Well, there’s one thing I wish I would’ve known back then about achieving goals: the tennis ball theory of goal achievement.

If I knew this years ago, I never would’ve beat myself up the way I did.

The Tennis Ball Goal Theory

The Painful Reality of Comparing Yourself

Clearly, if the balls are different people (we’re all different, you might be a golf ball, I might be a basketball), and if the terrain (our lives) are so different, you can see how the journey is different for each person.

It’s a corny analogy, but I think a good one that accurately shows how different it is for everyone.

What are your thoughts on this?

Before you go, share below the worst thing you’ve said to yourself when you’ve gotten discouraged.


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  1. I’m like the bouncy tennis ball… I get the frustration/depression/anxiety cycle and rebound. I’m working on smoothing out.

    1. It’s tough! For sure, I think we all go through this from time to time.


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