Monday, November 4, 2013

Rise & dream, plan, achieve

"In the absense of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." - Robert Heinlein

For as long as I can remember, I have been a goal setter.  A dedicated-write-it-all-out-review-them-every-day kind of goal setter.  High school I set my first major goal: to get a softball scholarship to school in the USA.  I did everything in my power to achieve that one goal, and I did it.  One of the most proud and memorable moments of my entire life.  The second would be moving across the world to Busan, Korea to teach ESL for just over a year.  And this right here is one of my favourite goal setting stories of all time.  Once I had returned home from Korea, I made a trip down to Edinboro U to visit with my Coach.  As I told him about my journeys in Asia, he kind of chuckled - I didn't get it, I wasn't being funny.  As he chuckled, though, he reached for a file in a drawer with my name on it, pulled out a sheet of paper and handed it to me.  I remembered Coach had us brainstorm a list of 50 goals during a team meeting as Rookies at Edinboro, and there - #1 on my list - was to teach ESL in Korea.  BAM!  It was an incredible moment about the power of goal setting.  I had dreamed it, written it down and made it happen. 

One of the MUST HAVES for goal setting is to understand which goals at this very moment in your life are the most important to you and if that goal is really all yours.  You have to be entirely passionate about achieving your goal(s) so that you know what in your day to day life deserves all of your enthusiasm, focus and energy.  Commitment to understanding your priorities and goals is a commitment to bettering yourself every day, and to living a life that you LOVE.  On the other hand, however, if you're undirected and working towards goals from a list that is longer than long, including things that you deep down just do not adore, you're likely to become discouraged, tired and disappointed. CHOOSE to focus on what you truly love, make a plan of action (be specific), write it all down, and work every single minute to achieve your vision.  You CAN do it.

Your challenge for this week: make a list of ten daily goals.  You're going to include what you want to achieve on a daily basis this week.  Here are mine for the week:

1. Get to bed by 10PM
2. Hit the gym HARD: 6 split days of training with cardio
3. Drink 3.0L of water per day
4. Take all supplements
5. Spend 30 minutes a day reading
6. Prep "clean eating" meals the night before
7. Spend a little bit of time each day organizing storage in basement
8. Be grateful every morning
9. Finish blog posts before 6PM
10. Choose JOY 

And if you want ideas for setting weekly fitness goals, check out Friday's Rise & strive post to get power fitness tips to include in your daily routine! 

Make the start of your week full of GREATness,
Coach 'e'

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