Your road map to success
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.” - Ronald Reagan
The world seems to just work with the person who knows what his or her goals in life are. A goal is a success magnet. Once you set a goal worthy of your life, you will some how be pulled toward that objective. People, circumstances and events will all seem to be working for you and for your good. This is true of any goal and bodybuilding is no exception.
BAD NEWS: By following these procedures you will need to invest a minimum of two hours and possibly as many as twenty hours setting your goals, depending on how in-depth you get. That is one of the reasons why only 3% of the population has clearly defined goals and objectives in life. Most people just haphazardly go through life and hope things will somehow work out. It is the 3% that set there goals that achieve the end result they are looking for. This is just a reminder that if you haven’t’ done your goals for this year then get started on them, it isn’t too late.
GOOD NEWS: By following these procedures and setting goals you will have several extra hours each week to pursue the things that matter to you and your family. If you know what you want to achieve you will avoid all the detours in life that zap your time. You will end up with more time in the week because you avoid all the things that take time away from achieving your goals, like watching TV.
GREAT NEWS: When you learn how to set one goal, you will know how to set all goals, whether it is a physical, mental, spiritual, family, career or financial goal. Starting with your bodybuilding goals is a good idea because if you take care of yourself first everything else will fall in line. Also a fit lifestyle will give you the vibrancy and energy to conquer all your other goals. Remember, “Energy is the fuel to ignite passion and passion is the engine of success.” It all starts with energy.
Unleash the power of goals
Goals are the road map to your future. Walking through life with no goals is like driving cross country with no road map, you will get somewhere but it may not be where you wanted to go. Set your path with goals and see your dreams come true. Yogi Berra, the famous Yankee put it this way. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” That Yogi sure had a way with words, didn’t he? He was quite the talker!
If you’re bored with life — you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals. Lou Holtz
Know what you want
Life with me has never been boring. Just ask my wife, as soon as I achieve one goal I am on to the next. I am always pursuing the next goal and with this comes never ending growth and self improvement. It keeps me pumped up, alive, full of energy and excited about life. Robert Schuller hit the nail on the head when he said, “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” So if you want to feel alive, set empowering goals!
From Boiler Room to Board Room
The fuel of a goal brought me from the basement of a boiler room in Brooklyn to the real estate board rooms on Madison Avenue, so as you can see I literally had to work my way out of the basement. Goals also propelled me from the board rooms on Madison Ave to owning the “east coast mecca of bodybuilding”, the gym I dreamed of owning as a child, the gym made famous in the movie pumping iron.
I knew exactly where I was going even though everyone else thought I would fail. The fact of the matter is that I was willing to fail if that is what it took for me to reach my goals. Like Og Mandino said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” The main reason I could achieve my goals is because bodybuilding was always a priority in my life. The very first day at my new real estate job in Manhattan, I went and joined Madison Avenue Muscle. I knew if I was going to stay in shape I needed to make working out convenient. I joined a gym I could walk to on my lunch hour, so I could fit my workouts into my busy schedule. I knew if I didn’t do this I would never find the time.
Come on; let’s dig in and design a GREAT Life!
How to set goals:
Action Step 1:
List your passions. Remember energy is the fuel to ignite passion and passion is the engine of success. I am living the life of my dreams when I am… (Begin each with a verb relating to being, doing or having) (Example: Helping people to live the life of their dreams.)
Action Step 2:
Take the above list and take one at a time and compare them to the other passions you listed and narrow it down to your top 5 passions. Then take this top 5 and write it down on a 3X5 card and carry it with you and read it all the time to remind you of your passions in life.
Action Step 3:
Write down “why” next to the top 5 things on your list and write a paragraph why you are committed to achieving it. “Why” is very powerful.
Action Step 4: This is where we put the plan together.
For your top 5 passions put together an action list of things you would need to do to achieve them in your life. You will need to use another piece of paper to do this or do it on the back of this paper. These are your goals. It is easier to set goals once you know what your passions are. Goals are the rungs in the ladder of success!
Action Step 5:
For the above goals, divide them into three categories: Short range (1 month or less), Mid range (1 month to 1 year) and Long range (1 year or more) goals. Again you may need another piece of paper.
Action Step 6:
For each of your top 5 passions, write down one action you can do today to get started on your goals. The most important thing is to take action and start today then adjust your goals as needed.
Action Step 7.
For each of your top 5 passions, write down one or more habits you will need to develop to support your ultimate outcome. Imagine if you exchanged 2 limiting habits for 2 empowering habits every year. In five years, that would be 10 empowering habits that you do without effort. That is with only 2 a year. What if you did 6 a year? In five years, you would have thirty empowering habits. Do you think your life would be different with 30 empowering habits?
Master your habits or they WILL master you!
The key is to start today and adjust your goals as needed. Once you start doing what you know you have to do, it will become a habit.
Did you do it? Why not? It’s your life and it should be a fantastic one!