First off, Happy New Year! Congrats on all the goals you set for yourself and met. Keep working hard at the ones you may have missed. Now that the holiday season is winding down, hopefully all of the delicious foods are gone and your bank accounts can start to recover a bit.
New Year’s has always signaled the start of new beginnings. A chance to refresh yourself and start with a blank slate. It is tradition to establish new goals for yourself and start the process of building a new you.
Although I do not believe that someone can magically change themselves when the clock strikes midnight. However, the idea that someone is thinking about changes they would make are evidence enough that we all know deep down inside of us who we want to become and what we want to achieve.
A SIMPLER GOAL SETTING PROCESS
Growing up and playing the sport of baseball taught me many valuable lessons. The most applicable to this blog is the idea of working the process.
The “process” is a term that has been used lately to describe the Alabama Crimson Tide’s football teams approach to improvement.
Essentially the process means ignoring outside forces out of your control and focusing on what you can control in the current moment (effort, attitude, focus).
What is the next best step I can take? What areas of my life can I redirect my focus? All of these are questions that need to be answered if you are constantly struggling to achieve goals.
Attempting to map out the entire year of 2017 can be a daunting task that will leave drain your motivation as the year progresses.
Rather than write out all of the goals you want to achieve for the year and leaving them. Write out your goals and then follow these simple steps:
- Breakdown each goal into the monthly and weekly goals it would take to achieve them.
- Ex: Year goal = Have a body fat percentage under 15%, Monthly goal = drop at least .5% body fat, Weekly goal = shop and prep food for the week on Sunday
- Reflect on your 2016. Take an honest look over where and when you faltered. Did you find yourself snacking a ton when you were bored? Maybe its time to find something to fill those periods of boredom. Did you start goals and give up quickly? Maybe its time to find a better “why” for your goals. If you write down the reasons why you failed to meet any goals for yourself you will more than likely find patterns. These patterns may be frustrating to look at, most are probably simple fixes.
NEW YEAR, NEW JOURNEY
Although I write about fitness and exercise a lot myself, I do not believe that everyone needs to be shredded or insanely strong. I think there are some benchmarks you should meet simply because they will keep you healthier and possibly help you live longer. Other than that, fitness and health should not be a stressful process.
The journey is not about losing body fat or improving your maxes. The journey is about following through on things you set out to do. You may succeed and you may fail, but you will live a much more satisfying life knowing you gave it an honest attempt.
To find flow in our lives, we must have something that we find joy in and are able to search for mastery in. One easy way to find out where your flow may come from is to ask someone “what kind of guy/girl am I?” Are you the “fitness” guy? Are you the “gamer” girl? Are you the “business” guy?
Instead of completely ignoring who you are and trying to find your “passion.” Find your passion within the work you are doing. If you constantly wishing to be somewhere else, then leave. Just remember the grass is not always greener on the other side. We can find flow and purpose in our work, as long as we control our focus on it.
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