It depends on what you’re doing – every three days can be overdoing it. But it’s why I do a race report – to recall what happened, and ruminate on how to improve it. I’m fairly happy and confident about how the overall process of a triathlon – my issues largely break down into what I can do in a specific event (IE running) to improve my time.
It’s not failure if you learn from it, or better yet – improve. No one is perfect every time, all the time.
I’m about to tell you why I believe traditional goal setting might be bringing frustration and anxiety upon you and decreasing your quality of life. Furthermore, I’ll show you how a simple focus shift can fix the problem in a matter of minutes, resulting in better results in the gym and living a more enjoyable life in the process.
To illustrate my point, let me start by sharing a very personal story with you.
Recently, someone started coming out on my weekend [cycling] group rides. Saturday is much more competitive, and this person can barely hang on in the warm up. But they’re determined to ride with the A group, even though I’ve consistently encountered them before the 2/3rd mark of the route. They’re so burnt out, they can’t hang onto the B group.
I have no problem with their goal. I have the same one. I don’t agree with their approach, but all the power to them. I’m still healing, but I’m trying to get back to leading B group. Only then is it worth it to me to bother trying to hold onto A group. I might not ever get there – I was having my doubts I could before, or at least not without putting effort into training.
There’s goals and dreams – it takes honest reflection to know the difference.
Preventive health care is a powerful tool for keeping medical costs down. Contraception is cheaper than pregnancy and childbirth; a cholesterol test is cheaper than a triple bypass. It is therefore in society’s interest to encourage the use of preventive health care services like cancer screening, especially for elderly people in aging populations. Increased use of preventive health care also leads to healthier, longer-lived people.
Unfortunately, people aren’t particularly good about preventive health care; not even half of all people over the age of 65 in the US are up to date with recommended preventive services. How can we do better?
A recent PNAS study identified one factor that could help: the more that people feel like they have a purpose in life, the more likely they are to use preventive health care. Purpose was also found to be associated with a lower likelihood of needing overnight hospital visits—possibly as a result of improved health care.