2013, A New You!Posted by Matt on Jan 11, 2013 in In The Gym, Nutrition & Health, Paleo, Uncategorized | 3 comments
Welcome to January 2013. We made it even with the Mayan calendar ending! Every year clients, myself, and other people set goals for themselves. Time and time again many of those people don’t even come close to their goals (myself included). This happens for many reasons and I am going to tell you why.
Everyone can set goals about things they want to accomplish, but most don’t know how to achieve them. Most people just rely on a drug I call “hope-ium.” Hope is something we all have experienced, but we can’t just rely on that to achieve our goals. Here is the process I like to follow. I learned it from a person I follow named John Assaraf (you can google him, he’s awesome!). Many other goal setting leaders and mentors use this process as well. When you do this, you should set goals for 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months so you can evaluate yourself each time.
1. Goals: Create goals that represent the health, physical body, and mentality that you want. Do you want to keep yourself from getting sick all the time? Do you want to have that amazing body that you have never had but have always dreamed about? Do you want to be positive and easily swat away all those negative things that happen around you? Write down the goals you want to hit this year (3 month goals, 6 month, 12 month). Read your goals daily. Your brain will then start to push you towards reaching them. Will power. Use it. Make sure your goals are clear and concise. (Don’t just say, “I want to be thinner, stronger, faster.” Say how much weight you want to lose, gain, etc. Say what areas of your body you want to see different. Talk about how you want to be more positive. Be clear and concise!
2. S+T+P: Strategy Tactics Process. Do you have strategies, tactics, and processes to help you achieve these goals? You don’t have to do these on your own. This is where the trainers come in. Your mentors. Your coaches. They will help you through this process. They come up with strategic programming to help you achieve your goals through fitness, mental programming, and nutrition. I think all three are super important, even though must people tend to only think working out will solve their problems.
3. Habits: What are you current habits on a day to day basis? What do you do first thing when you get up in the morning? What do you do to prepare yourself for your day? Do you tend to eat the same foods? Drink the same things? Only do what’s comfortable? Write down your habits. Which ones do you want to change? Do you procrastinate? Do you shy away from uncomfortable opportunities or people? Is there something you want to do, but it conflicts with your current habits?
4. Beliefs: What are your current beliefs? Do you love yourself? Do you believe in yourself? Do you doubt yourself? Will you attempt things that make you fearful and uncomfortable? Or do you just do what you feel is comfortable? How did you come to believe these things? Did your parents teach them to you? Your teachers? Your coaches/mentors? Your significant other? Write down the things you believe in when it comes to fitness, mental health, physical health (immune system). We have Explicit (what we say aloud to others) and Implicit beliefs (what we say to ourselves subconsciously).
- Ex. of Explicit Belief: You are with a friend of yours and you are talking about your fitness, health, and mental goals. You say aloud, “I deserve to be fit, healthy, have more money, and be happy.”
- Ex. of Implicit Belief: After you are done talking to your friend about everything you think you deserve you head home. Once you sit on your bed you think to yourself “I really don’t deserve to be fit or healthy. It’s a lot of work and I just don’t have the time.” We always talk ourselves out of accomplishing our goals due to Implicit beliefs. But don’t worry, we can change this with hard work, will power, and determination.
These are the things we need to change. We need to smash your current implicit beliefs about yourself (..”success is hard work, it makes me feel uncomfortable..”) and turn them into what you just told you friend. We need to change your habits and behaviors to bring out what you just expressed in your Explicit beliefs to your friend. Doing this will make you fearful of the outcome, uncomfortable, and change things that were your “normal.” This is how we become successful!
5. Your Big Why: Why do you want to achieve these goals? Were you clear and precise enough in what you wanted to achieve? Did you get help to achieve your goals (you can’t do everything on your own)? How much will power do you have? What will you have to change to accomplish these goals? Write down why this is so important to you. This is your mission statement. Your reason for accomplishing everything you want to accomplish and conquer this year.
You can choose to share your goals with me. Email me at email@example.com. I would love to read these and help steer you in the right direction. I hope you can take from this that if you don’t practice and do this through repetition, it will be more difficult to reach your goals. You have to be mentally tough to do anything. You have all the power within you to reach your goals. Get uncomfortable and fearful, and that’s when you have two choices. Go back to being comfortable, or grab success by the horns and move forward. Make 2013 A New You!