Here we are again. Another year is ending as a new one takes its place. You know what that means. It’s time for the annual ritual of arbitrarily picking a meaningless resolution to tell people you are going to do so they think you are self-motivated. Then it’s just a matter of coming up with the rationalizations for why you are off the wagon two weeks in, even though you never actually started. Don’t you just love holiday traditions? Unfortunately for this sorry cycle, this is the year it gets the boot! Over the next few weeks leading up to the new year, I am going to give you tasks to complete. These tasks will help you realize and achieve a goal that you have for your life.
Your first task is to DAYDREAM. I want you to spend time imagining your future. This should be a specific time in the future—six months, one year, five years (it will be here before you know it). There are no silly, over-the-top ideas. Be as ambitious as you want to be. After a certain age, most people don’t exercise their imagination muscles, so this may take practice. But I promise you, once you start imagining, it will flow like you are back in high school math class.
As you start visualizing, be sure to be very specific. What city do you live in? Do you live in a house, an apartment, a camper? What does it look like? What do you look like? How much can you deadlift? Squat? Snatch? What time do you wake up each day? What do you smell when you wake up? How do you feel when you wake up? What is the first thing you do? Describe the first hour of your day, minute by minute. Describe your whole day, hour by hour.
As this picture develops in your mind, pick a few aspects of the picture that are MOST MEANINGFUL to you (if a goal is not significant to you, then why are you doing it?) and decide how you will know when you have achieved it. If your goal is to own a cherry red ’87 Corvette with leather interior, it will be obvious when you have achieved it. If your goal is to look better, that could mean anything. You must define what that means. Having a 30” waist with 8% body fat is SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE. This is key. If you say, “This year I am going to eat better” without defining specifically what that looks like, most likely, a year will go by before you remember that you had that one thing you were going to try to do. You might tell yourself, “Yeah, I think I did that.” And I’ll say, “Congratulations on another successful year!” (You caught the sarcasm, right?)
Let’s actually make this a successful year with truly meaningful life changes. It all begins with DAYDREAMING so you can define SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goals that are MEANINGFUL to you. You have one week to do your daydreaming and defining before your next assignment, so get to it! If you need to, sit in on a high school math class. That’s sure to get your daydreaming started.