How does it feel to know, SPECIFICALLY and MEASURABLY, what you are going to do and know the DEADLINE you will do it by? Great, right?! If you have no idea what I am talking about, go back and read Resolution Revolution – Part 1 and Resolution Revolution – Part 2 and get on my level!
If you’ve made it to this paragraph, it should be OK for me to say this: Welcome to my level! So, what are your SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goals and their DEADLINES? Are you going to increase your monthly cash flow by 20% before the end of March? Are you going to complete a marathon before June? Are you going to add 100# to your deadlift by the end of December? Whoa, wait. What? You want to make a 100# gain in two weeks? OK, I said be hard on yourself and have a sense of urgency, yada, yada, but c’mon. There are laws of nature at work here that make it physically impossible to achieve this goal. Remember, your goals need to be REALISTIC.
Don’t you love the little crunch dreams make as they get crushed?
Please don’t misunderstand me here. When I say REALISTIC, I’m not talking high school guidance counselor realistic. I’m talking world traveler, I make the rules, try to stop me, it’s theoretically possible so I’m going to do it REALISTIC. Most things that you want to achieve can be brought to fruition in a surprisingly short time. Limitations generally apply to physiological goals, like weight loss, weight gain, strength gain, etc. Yet even these goals may be achievable in a shorter time frame than you think.
To help you put achieving your goal into perspective, complete this week’s task: break your goal down Barney style. If you have a three-month DEADLINE, what must get done each month to achieve your goal? What does that break down to each week? Each day? Think about it this way: If you want to drive from L.A. to New York, you don’t just hop in the car and drive. First, you need to know how to drive! Then you need to know which interstate to take and how to get to it from where you are. Your GPS is sure to have a long list of steps for you to take to finally reach your destination. The more detailed those steps are, the easier your trip will be. So make reaching your goal easy on yourself. Make your goal REAL by breaking it into REAL, actionable steps, and take the first one today!