This isn’t about money or love or model bodies. This is about hard core dedication and work. Maybe you’ll get money, love, and a model body from your hard work, but maybe you won’t. What you will get for sure is more self love, more appreciation for what your body can do, and more kindness towards others.
You get what you want when you know how to set goals, follow through on them, and push forward. This isn’t easy and requires a dedicated heart and mind to accomplish. Your heart might be in it, but if your mind keeps pushing the literal snooze button, nothing is going to happen. For me, my early mornings are quiet and peaceful; a perfect time to get things done.
Can you name 3 goals you have right now what you need to do to move them forward?
I hope you can. I know I need the reminder right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or February 11th, everyday is a chance to decide to change yourself. Only you can decide that. Nobody pushing you is going to make it work, you make it work.
So with that, here’s how to get what you want from your goals:
1) Decide to set goals for yourself, starting today.
It doesn’t matter what that date on the calendar is, a Thursday is as good as a Monday to start.
Remember to keep them SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. (if you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get a guide that talks about each of these…shown in the first picture above).
2) Keep track of your goals.
Physically write these goals down where you will see them. In my newsletter you’ll get a printable worksheet for Body-Mind-Soul goals as well as a breakdown to achieve your goals on a weekly basis.
Maybe you have a favorite app to do this. Maybe it goes on your white board. Maybe you have it be the home screen and/or lock screen on your phone (that’s where mine is right now).
Wherever you write these down, make sure you see them often so you remember them.
3) Remember it takes time to change.
You will not magically lose 10 pounds overnight, step forward in your career, and feel healthy after eating one balanced meal. This takes time and patience and love. Love might sounds cheesy to include, but by darn, love yourself! Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t make it today, decide to move forward. Keep moving forward.
4) To succeed, make time for your goals.
Pockets of availability to move forward with your goals don’t come easy. You have to make it a priority and decide that you’re worth it to make time for. I know you are. When you are healthy and happy, not only will it affect you, but your life and dedication will inspire so many around you. This includes your family, children, co-workers, neighbors, and even strangers. If it’s worth it to you, I KNOW you can find the time and make the sacrifice worth it.
Some ideas of time pockets: early morning, evenings after kids are in bed, lunch hour during work, the hour while waiting for kids to finish sports practice, or maybe waiting for the pasta to boil. It might be 5 minutes and it might be 2 hours. Use what you can with your best intention. 25 pushups in a couple minutes every day is better than none for a whole month.
5) Decide to be happy before the journey.
Love all those parts of yourself that make you who you are. Embrace that and find happiness while you’re moving forward. You won’t be happy when you reach your goal unless you’re happy on the journey. There’s no magic that once you reach a certain point, happiness becomes easy. It doesn’t exist. You have to really look at yourself today, right now, how are you thinking about yourself and your situation? You can want to change and still be positive. Both things are key to continue learning about yourself and growing in new ways.
6) Fuel yourself.
Stuffing yourself with ice cream and chocolate and chips with salsa isn’t going to leave you feeling good. Even if your goals aren’t food related, fueling your body with the right stuff will keep you motivated towards your other goals. Your mind and soul goals are 100% affected by your body. When we take care of ourselves, we have more power to move forward.
Fuel yourself with inspiration. This might come from daily meditation, keeping a gratitude journal (one of my favorite apps is this one), reading words from religious leaders, finding an inspiring quote, and setting an intention for the day: peace, acceptance, forgiveness, patience, hard work, etc. This inspiration can help your outlook stay positive – this always makes you want to work harder.
Then there’s sleep. Fuel your body with the rest it needs. We’re all cowards when we don’t get enough sleep. We’re cranky, unmotivated, inpatient, and foggy. This also might be a sacrifice to go to bed early. Try it. Go to bed just a half hour earlier tonight and get up that half hour earlier. Let me know how you feel…please!
7) Have a support system.
Surround yourself with others who will lift you up and inspire you. This may or may not be people you live with. You’ll need to find someone you can get input, encouragement, and inspiration from to push through when it gets hard. Really, you need to find yourself a cheerleader!
Even if those you live with can’t be your cheerleader, it’s important to let them know of the journey you’re on. They will be more aware of what you’re doing and how important it is to you.
As a final word…
Don’t be afraid to revisit one of these steps, even if you think you figured it out the first time. I’ve already had to rework my schedule and goals from a month ago. I’m grateful for the chance, for the inspiration of those around me, for Dynamos, and for each of you. Without knowing it, you all keep me honest, working hard, and excited to start a new day every morning.
Keep Moving Forward!
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