I've been thinking a little about goals. Mostly, that I don't have any.
Richard Wiseman has written about goals, and what works and what doesn't work in terms of setting and achieving them. One apparently does need to have a fairly concrete goal in mind and have it broken down into milestones. This is what I'm lacking more than anything else.
It's been pointed out to me before when I was looking for a little climbing coaching that my goal of "climbing better" is too esoteric, because how can I know what to focus on if I can't define what climbing better actually means. Revising it to "climbing harder stuff" wasn't that much use either, or even "climbing harder stuff successfully". Shame, that. Maybe this is why I am still not a very good climber. One could also argue that my career is going nowhere for the same basic reasons.
Not surprisingly, I also have no concrete goals in terms of lifting; "get stronger" probably doesn't help Tara devise a program for me (sorry Tara!).
I started lifting for a number of reasons including dissatisfaction with myself and how weak and fat I felt after climbing-related setbacks, some very friendly encouragement (thanks Tara!), and just straight out admiration for one individual I know personally (that's you, Leenie, if you ever read this) and via the blogosphere. Lifting, I felt, was a way to kick my own ass back into shape, and simultaneously (and ideally) getting stronger and thinner, while not hating my life as much as if I had attempted to start running again. Another secret reason (one that I've not verbally expressed before now), is that I'm getting older and I've a couple of fingers with the signs and symptoms of overuse injuries and I don't get to choose where I live for awhile... all of which means that I may not be able to climb to a level of my satisfaction indefinitely. I need something else to be there, when the climbing goes.
Lifting, thankfully, is becoming a thing for me in its own right. It will theoretically remain a secondary thing as long as I can keep climbing, but I'm starting to realise that I might want to set some goals to this some day. I have no idea what those goals should be. I'm leery about setting looks-related goals, as they may lead me to hate my body and fear mirrors more than I do. I'm not sure I could set lift goals, because what's reasonable, and what will require lifting to become the thing, over climbing (which is not what I want just yet).
So what are reasonable goals?
This weekend I'm off to Rumney to climb. There, I'm going to be thinking about setting some climbing-specific goals... concrete ones this time. Things I can aim for. Wish me luck!