Thursday, June 8, 2017

3 STEPS: How to create goals with VISION and a PURPOSE!

Where will you be in the next 5 years? Furthermore, where do you see yourself in 3 years? 1 year? 1 week from now? What goals will motivate you to actually improve your life and others around you? Go ahead, take a second to answer this question before you continue to read. 
Will you be standing on top of a mountain of success?

Many of us are too blind to answer these questions due to poor vision.  Setting goals and achieving them increases self-satisfaction and the confidence to endure more difficult tasks life my throw at you.  Poor vision is the result of reduced ambition to create goals that we are ridiculously passionate about. For example, “I want to complete all my errands and house duties by the end of the week.” This is an example of a goal that many of us will make but are not very passionate about.  What will happen at the end of that week when all duties and errands are finished?  Will it really motivate you to achieve more in your life or will it take up your time in your schedule preventing you from doing what you are passionate about?  I believe that goals which lack substance are revolving tasks that fill up our time on a daily basis.  Goals without vision or passion that do not motivate you and will deny you the ability to become obsessive and passionate for other greater goals that are never attempted or created.

In the previous articles, I presented the power of 225 and how one man’s journey changed the lives of people around him.  I explained how achievement is a mountain that success sits on top of.  Everyone has a 225 goal or a mountain but it is very difficult to acknowledge, create and pursue them. We become overwhelmed by the everyday life of nonproductive work. Our ambition, Gone.  Effort, Gone. Our ability to make a positive impact on others and be successful is stolen from us by the lack of desire and motivation to achieve more. 
In the beginning of summer 2015, my brother-in-law came to me interested in running his first tough mudder.  He was pumped about finishing one but there was one obstacle in the way.  He is a diabetic.  In 2009 and almost 30 years old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  After many months of training and 12+ miles later he completed his first tough mudder.  You see, he created a vision of him at the finish line, made a SMART goal and became obsessive to complete it.  In the end he achieve his goal! Here is how he did it:  

3 Steps:

1     1. Create a solid VISION with a WHY!:
·  Think of something ridiculously awesome that you want to achieve. Example: climbing a mountain, completing a marathon, a tough mudder, losing an extreme amount of weight, ect.

·  Know your why! Doing something and not knowing why you are doing it will result in failure.  Why are you trying to achieve this goal?
·  Where do you see yourself in 1 month? 6 months? 1 year,? 3 years? 5 years?
2     2. Get SMART
·   Specific: What do you want to achieve? What do you want to do that will change your life and make a positive impact on the people around you?
·  Measurable: Distance, length of time, weight loss/gain, elevation climbed, ect.
·  Actionable: Create a goal that you can control.  For instances, most running events require you to sign up months in advance.  So take action, sign up, train for it and hold yourself accountable!
·  Realistic: “I want to wash my clothes and finish the bills.” Yes this is realistic, but lets be honest, it SUCKS. This isn't a goal you can become passionate about.  It is boring and pathetic. Create something that appears out of reach yet realistic. “I want to run a half marathon or marathon” or “I want to hike a 14,000 foot peak.” These goals may appear out of reach for many but very obtainable with the proper training and game plan.
·  Timed: Be realistic with timing. You will not be able to perform a couch to Boston marathon completeion in 1 month.  Give yourself a realistic time frame for the specific goal.  For example, before I ran World’s Toughest Mudder 2016, I planned and trained for 2 years. Along the way, I created smaller 1-3 month goals to keep me focused on the larger picture.
·  Share your goals with others! If you share your goals with others this means you are extremely passionate about what you are trying to achieve.
·  Tell people about your VISION and WHY. This will help drive you to get it done!
·  People who do not share their goals with others will not risk anything due to fear of publicly failing.  Not sharing goals with others decreases your confidence and creates insecurities that may hinder your vision. Use the fear of failure to help drive you to the top of your mountain!
·  A goal that you cannot invest 100% of your effort towards and you do not care to share with others is not a goal worth making. Become obsessive and attack it!

Remember the old saying, "Rome wasn't built overnight. " Creating and achieving your goal will not happen overnight either.  Time, commitment, obsession, passion, perseverance, strength and courage is needed to accomplish them. You will not only need the physical toughness to achieve your goal but the mental grit as well. You may have head of the quote by Eric Thomas, “You have to want to succeed more than you want to breath, then you will be successful.”  This means you have to hold your goal at such a high priority that it becomes as important to you as the air you breathe. Do you have what it takes create a vision and then the passion to conquer it?  

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