“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” —Robert Heinlein
“Of what use to make heroic vows of amendment if the same old lawbreaker is to keep them?” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many people talk about the importance of goal setting when it comes to living a fitness lifestyle, but I believe that it’s just one step in the overall process. I’m going to give you a very valuable worksheet, but before we get to that I want to talk about something people often overlook when setting goals—putting your goals in writing.
Committing your goals to a piece of paper or a computer file is one of the best ways to manifest real action. As a permanent record of your intentions, written goals tend to be more thoroughly thought-out, more deeply desired and more actively worked on.
If you’re not serious enough to commit your goals to writing, you may as well kiss them goodbye. Life will get busy, you’ll get distracted and you’ll continue to get the results you’re getting now. (This is especially true when it comes to eating right, working out and getting in better shape.)
If you’re going to make a break to greater success, you have to take the time to decide what you want, get 100% committed to it and create a plan to make it happen.
My 7-step goal-setting process will help you think through, clarify and achieve worthwhile goals. Depending on your current life situation, the goals you choose might be huge, or they might be relatively modest. Ideally, your goals should be aggressive enough to be meaningful, but also realistic enough so you can accomplish them in relatively short order.
“Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, and then providence moves too. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”