There are so many benefits to being happy and positive! Here are some quick tips to help you get there 🙂
Take a short walk and focus on what you are grateful for! This could be as short as 5 minutes but it will change your mindset. I recommend EVERY day but even if it’s only once a week due to time constraints it will absolutely change your mindset from the negative to the positive.
People who succeed with health and fitness (or anything else) have a big picture view.
They realize that the choices they make today make their tomorrow.
Stephen Ambrose’s book Nothing Like It in the World tells the story of the transcontinental railroad in America. “The railroad took brains, muscle, and sweat in quantities and scope never before put into a single project,” Ambrose wrote.
Ambrose talks about how certain California people wanted to have a celebration as the project began. Dignitaries were invited to the place where the first rail was to be laid.
Perhaps the most important west coaster backer of the project, Collis Huntington, was invited, but he declined saying:
“If you want to jubilate (celebrate) over driving the first spike, go ahead and do it. I don’t. Those mountains over there look too ugly. We may fail, and if we do, I want to have as few people know it as we can….”
Huntington realized that it wasn’t about driving the first spike. That was easy. There would be months of hard work between the first and last spike.
While there is nothing wrong with acknowledging or celebrating the start of something, the key is to have a sense of direction and the resilience to continue until the goal is reached.
WHY IS IT so important to set goals?
Everyone has different reasons for setting goals. I will share some of mine. Perhaps you will be inspired to find your own reasons.
• Happiness – People that set goals and achieve them are generally happier than those that don’t. There is a natural high that comes with goal setting and achievement. No chemical can reproduce this feeling.
• Reaching God-given potential – I believe it is truly a shame not to reach our potential. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. said, “Most people die with their music still in them.” This is really sad to me and I wouldn’t want it to become a reality in my case.
• My family and other relationships – This is probably my biggest WHY. What I mean by my “Why” is what drives me—the deep reason for striving towards my goal.
What are your reasons for setting goals? When you know what drives you, and especially when you are aware of your biggest WHY, you gain clarity on what makes your goals worth the challenges that come with reaching them.
There are many teachings available on goal setting. Most of them are overly complex. Here is a simple approach you can take.
1. Make your goals specific – Goals should be specific because they will have a much greater chance of success than a general goal. An example of a general goal is, “Get in shape.” A specific goal would be “Lose 15 pounds.” You’ll want to set specific goals so you know when you’ve accomplished them. If you set a general goal of “Lose weight,” what happens if you lose an ounce? You might not be satisfied even though you technically “lost weight.”
2. Make your goals measurable – All goals should have a date attached to them. A goal without a deadline is just a dream. Having a target date to reach your goal will create some healthy pressure to keep you on track. It’s OK if you don’t hit your goal in time. You’ll still be further along than if you hadn’t set the goal in the first place.
3. State your goals in the present tense – Goals should be stated in the present tense. This way you can visualize it as a reality.
By incorporating these three guidelines into your goal setting, your likelihood to succeed in reaching your goals increases dramatically.
Where do you want to go? Who do you need to help you get there? Watch this quick video on how to achieve your goals by playing to your strengths. Do what you like, what you are good at, to make sure you stay consistent!
There is a Thomas Edison quote in our gym that says:
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
To live a life that is truly satisfying and different than most requires work.
There is no easy path to results and success.
Here’s the weird part that many people miss though.
It’s actually easier in the long-term to do the work now. For example, someone skips all their workouts because they’re too hard and then develops a health problem that is even harder.
It’s actually not even harder in the short-term. If you really think about it, all of the 4 different levels of action require some work or energy.
Let’s cover them and then discuss which is best.
No action – No action will lead you nowhere. You simply stop doing anything that will lead you closer to your goals
Moving backwards – People want to avoid anything negative associated with taking action and so they move away from where they want to go.
Normal action – This is taking enough action to appear kind of like everyone else. This is where most people are. They never do enough to create significant change in their life.
Massive action – Those who take massive action are willing to be different. They know if they want to live like nobody else, they have to act like nobody else. They also know that it’s more than worth it.
Decide now you will do things and take action that others won’t so you can make 2020 your best year yet.