One of the most important and yet completely underutilized areas in developing your career, relationships, hobbies, etc… is SETTING GOALS. It quite literally takes less than a minute to write something down in your notes app or on a piece of paper and commit yourself to mentally and physically completing it. Whatever it is, just do it. If it was the first thing that popped into your mind and you wrote it down it’s probably been on the front of your mind for some time. So rip the band-aid off and start making the steps towards making your goal a reality.

In the healthy living rant that I did a few weeks back, I stated that I’ve been eating vegan for ten years. What I didn’t say about that fact is that I was overweight by almost twenty pounds. Since I was unhappy about the fact that I was over weight I wrote down a goal of exercising at least five times a week. Now at the time, I was waking up around 5:45 every day, with just enough time to do my daily routine and get to work on time. Knowing myself and knowing that I’m not consistently going to work out when I get home I knew I would have to wake up earlier to accomplish my goal of getting healthy and working out. So now I wake up every day at 4:30 to get a good workout in. The point being that if you want to do something you have to put the time in and if you don’t have it currently then you need to make the time to accomplish your goals.

Every morning before I start my exercise routine I look at the list of goals that I have. This might be the next easiest thing to do other than writing the goal down. LOOK AT THE LIST EVERY DAY. No excuses. Put on the list to look at the list and cross it off every day. Heres another really easy thing to do. KEEP WRITING GOALS DOWN. I struggle with this… but now I’m going to write down a goal of creating new goals. Last but not least and this might actually be the most important so pay attention! Come up with a game plan. Thankfully there are apps that track what I eat, how much I move and the velocity of my workouts. So quantitatively I know how much time I need to spend working out, how much food to eat and how long it’ll take me to get to my goal. If your goals aren’t so clear and cut maybe you need to sit down with pen and paper and figure it out or talk to someone who’s completed a similar goal. Whatever you do break it down into easily digestible sizes and conquer your list every day! You can do it!

– Aa

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