3 Keys to Success
1. Shift to a state of "I AM"
Think about this.
You say you will do something tomorrow, but truth is tomorrow never exists. Once 24 hours have passed, you still haven't reached tomorrow. Tomorrow is an idea, something we do to keep track of time. Tomorrow never actually comes to be. Tomorrow is like the bone the dog is chasing on the treadmill.
If tomorrow does not exist, than the only time we have is now. Now, the present moment, is all that is guaranteed.
When we say things like, "I can't lose weight" or "I won't ever live in a house like that" or "I shouldn't try because I know I wont make it anyways", most of us can guess that we won't be able to do those things.
But what most people don't know is that when we say things like, "I want to lose weight" or "I will start working out next week" or even "I will make the best sandwich ever", our odds of achieving these things are not much better.
Why? Tomorrow. Tomorrow is why.
Still don't get it? Here is an example: if there is a piece of cake in front of me, I can think "I can't lose weight", eat the cake, and be congruent with my thoughts. That much is obvious. But try this on for size: there is a piece of apple pie in front of you. You think to yourself "I will lose weight". You can eat the pie because your idea of "losing weight" is in the future. Your work towards your goal is in tomorrow land.
Rather than thinking "I will" "I can" "I should" "I'll try" or "I want to", shift to a state of "I Am".
The statement "I AM" brings us to the present moment. With that same piece of cake or pie in front of you, you cannot eat it and say "I am losing weight". I am gives you no excuses. Of course there is a time and place in a nutrition plan to cheat every once in a while; this is just an example.
Shifting to a state of I am is the key in any success. "I am working on myself" "I am making more money" "I am getting closer and closer to my goals", all of these give yourself the opportunity to reach a piece of your goal in the now. Because your goal isn't just about the destination, it is about the journey. Each step you take in the NOW towards your goal is a piece of your goal that you are receiving NOW.
2. Set your goals
"Dad! I Want something!", father replies, "Sure thing son. Anything you want.". Boy repeats, "Dad! I want something!". Father "Of course son. What is it you want?". Boy screams "DAD! I WANT SOMETHING! I WANT SOMETHING NOW!". Boy cries, the father puts his face in his hand and nods his head.
This is most people sound like when they want something but don't set a goal. We never get specific. Maybe it's because we aren't quite sure what we want. Or maybe it is because we don't want to think about it, feeling unworthy of such a request.
If your not used to setting goals, set SMART Goals. This will teach you how to ask for what you want. SMART is an acronym for:
Specific: It has to be specific. Don't be like the boy who just says "I Want something!"
Measurable: You must be able to measure your goal so you can track your progress and see how far you are from achieving that goal.
Achievable: Look on the internet. Has anyone ever achieved this goal or dream you have? If so, than you know it is achievable. (If not, it doesn't mean it's impossible, it mean's no one else has tried hard enough.)
Realistic: Now that you know it is achievable, be honest with yourself, is it realistic? Most people set goals too big for themselves, then get frustrated and discouraged when they cannot reach those goals. The key is to start small so you can end big. Start by setting small goals, then work your way up.
I was at a health convention last week and a survivor of an explosion in the military. His entire car was blown up, yet he survived somehow. With severe burns, at the hospital they tried to patch him up. Then, once he could, they told him they were going to start with 10 steps. He laughed and thought it would be easy. He got up, shuffled what maybe could be called steps, about 4 or 5 times, and had to catch himself. Eventually he worked to 10 steps, then 20, than 100, now he walks around like any other person. All because he started out small. If he would have tried to go back to his normal life and all the walking that required, his body wouldn't have been able to take it.
Start small. End Big.
Timely: Set a deadline. If there is no deadline, there will be no pressure to accomplish your goals. You will constantly procrastinate and push the work into "tomorrow-land". Set a realistic time frame to accomplish your goal. But also set a specific date and time
Here is an example of a SMART goal:
(Starting point: 215 pounds and 15% body fat on august 13)
Goal: I will be 205 pounds at 12% body fat on September 30th.
Once you have set the goal, you can break it down in to monthly, weekly, and even daily goals.
After you have done this, set an action plan on how to do this. At Olympus Athletics, we always start with a SMART goal, and then develop a specific, custom plan for that person and their goal. This includes food plan, workout plan, supplement plan, and mental reprogramming plan.
3. DO IT NOW!
So most of you will read this article and think "Wow that sounds good.I should try that", but if you say that, you just put it into tomorrow land!
Set a 10-15 minute timer and:
Set your SMART goals for your life, for 25 years, for 15 years, for 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, and/or 1 month. You can o all of these if you are an over-achiever or a combination.
Plan how you will shift into a state of I Am. What is going to work for you? Be creative. (Golden Era Training has a bunch of tips to help do this is the "Mental Reprogramming" plan. contact if interested)
I hope this information get put you all closer to your dreams and visions so many of us keep locked up until we die.
Best of luck everyone.
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