Stew Smith recently received an email from a student who had plans to join the Navy right after high school. While having a plan can be a good idea, being prepared before the journey is an important aspect as well. Instead of just setting up a strict timeline for yourself, set goals on where you begin, where you want to end up, and how you will get there. Not everything will happen as quickly as we want it to, and that goes for all aspects of life, not just fitness. Instead, when looking at a new fitness goal, be prepared for hard work and interruptions rather than just the alleged fastest route.