At TBBC, we’re always talking about fitness and nutrition goals. While those are our specialization, there are other areas of life we simply can’t ignore. Think of the different areas like spokes on a wheel. If any one of them are neglected for too long you end up with a flat tire. For example, ignore your family for a while and you might find yourself without one!
This concept was taught by the late great motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar. Check out the diagram which illustrates the different spokes. While I won’t discuss each “spoke,” I’ll touch on a couple. I urge you to take a hard look at the wheel and set goals in all of the different areas. There is no better time to do this than now. We have a fresh start as we just entered a new year. What do you want to accomplish within the next year? Put it in writing. A goal that is not written is just a dream. Most people don’t have clear written goals but most successful people do. Putting your goals on paper gives them life. It creates creativity and energy to move you towards it. Just make sure you have a time frame. Want to have one date night with your spouse per month? When, in 10 years? Or in 2016?
It’s sad that almost half of all college graduates never read a book after they finish college. Non college grads read even less. It’s so important that we develop our minds as well as our bodies. We don’t want to be a bunch of fit dummies do we?
Here are a few of my intellectual goals for 2016
- Read at least one book per month with at least 2 of them being non business or career
- Obtain another certification (I have a couple on my radar and it partly depends on scheduling)
- Attend a leadership conference in March
Another personal example
Last year, my wife Melissa and I set a family goal (in writing) to do have one special family event per month. We didn’t need for it to be anything glamorous like going to fancy restaurants. While there is nothing wrong with that, our vision was to do things that were unique, special and affordable. I don’t have to tell you how expensive it is for a family of 4 to do many things on LI.
With a little bit of planning and creativity, we created memories that will last a lifetime. One night we “camped” out in our living room. Another time, we spent some the afternoon writing letters to the grandparents (which they LOVED by the way).
I have to say that this past weekend was our favorite. We had a family formal night at our house. We got all dressed up and enjoyed a candlelit dinner. Here were some of the highlights…
- The delicious food and wine (adults onlyJ)
- We danced
- The girls got flowers
- We played a game
This all started from a dream and a written goal. I’m certain family formal night would not have happened if we didn’t prioritize a family goal.
Send me over some of your goals. I can keep you accountable plus I’m sure I’ll get some great ideas.
If you need help with setting some goals and/or making a plan to achieve them, just hit reply.
Yours in health and strength,
Billy Hofacker, BS, CSCS