Mark It Down For Motivation

No matter who you are in the fitness world, you need to always have a goal in mind. It may be as simple as dropping a few pounds for a wedding or a big family event, but the whole point of training or working out is to better yourself. Nobody does this to get weaker or look worse, that’s for damn sure.

But reaching that goal can often be a difficult process. Any number of things can pop up, take our attention away from what we’re after and lead us off the path we were so ready to go down just a short time ago. It happens to all of us, but my solution is simple. In fact, it’s so simple you may scoff, but time and time again it’s made a big difference in my goal-setting – and goal-reaching – process.

You ready for it? Get a calendar.

Mark It Down For Motivation


So many people have a hard time reaching their goals and I truly believe it’s because they have no date on the calendar, which means no deadline for the goal to be reached. An open-ended goal puts no pressure on you. But give yourself a hard deadline on a calendar and you’ve suddenly created a new challenge. You can almost immediately feel that surge of adrenaline the moment that deadline moves from simply being in your head to going onto paper. When that happens, it goes from a dream to something concrete, something you are truly going after. It’s the moment you find out what you’re made of and just how bad you want to reach this goal.

Coming from a training background, I had to figure out and find a lot of different ways to get my clients on track and excited to reach their goals. But after years and years of doing shows and meets, I realized that having a set date on the calendar is the key. Of all the little tricks and methods I used, simply getting them to commit to a date and write it down worked the most consistently. By “agreeing” to a specific number on the calendar, you could almost see their inner thought process working as they realized they had to take their training, diet and just overall approach to another level.

It’s such a critical part of the process that I do it with every training-related goal I have, whether it’s reaching a certain bodyweight for a shoot, a strength level for a meet or just a general fitness milestone I want to hit. You always need to have something in front of you to work for if you want to reach your goals.

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Cory, I don’t want to enter a bodybuilding show or enter a powerlifting competition.” Well, I get that, but a date on the calendar is still critical no matter how small (or big) your goal may seem. If there is a goal you’re after, then it’s a big one, simply because it is important to you.

Mark It Down For Motivation


They key to all of this is “What lights your fire?” Is a trip or a vacation you set up three to six months down the road? Maybe your goal is upgrading your car if you reach a certain bodyweight or body fat percentage. Only you know what drives you to kick your butt in gear. But the fun thing with this is that you can be creative. Simply giving yourself a big “reward” for reaching a goal can be enough motivation, which is why putting a deadline on a calendar works so well.

Whatever it is, set that goal for yourself and put that date on the calendar immediately! Once I set that date, I am locked and loaded with a tunnel vision that is hard to break. From then until that date, it’s all about achieving that one goal. I’m confident you will find that same tunnel vision simply by putting your pen to paper.

Set a goal, write it down and get to work. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish with just that little extra push!

Here are a few examples of great reasons to get motivated:

  • Family reunion
  • Vacation
  • Powerlifting meet
  • Bodybuilding show
  • Wedding
  • Class reunion
  • Anniversary
Cory Gregory

Cory Gregory co-founded MusclePharm with Brad Pyatt in 2008 and serves as Executive Vice President. A former underground coal miner, Gregory worked diligently to save money to realize his dream of opening his own gym by the age of 20. In the last 15 years, he has gained extensive experience and has received a number of accolades within several aspects of the fitness industry. Obtaining an Exercise Specialist certificate from Columbus State, Gregory is also NESTA nutrition coach certified and Westside Barbell certified. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of bodybuilding and nutrition, he is a CrossFit Level-1 trainer further helping MusclePharm’s athletes and ambassadors achieve their fitness goals. Gregory prides himself on embodying the Musclepharm culture, as he has been featured on the cover of top fitness magazines, including FitnessRx. Weighing just 208 pounds, he has achieved a powerlifting total of 1,755 pounds, culminating in a career-best 700-pound squat. Most recently, Gregory was added to the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Advisory Board.