Recently I was asked to give a talk at a local Church in relation to the top ten ways to stay on track in a goal to honor your body. Of course sposal support, not waiting for the perfect time to change, motivation and finical commitment where on the list…but in this post I want to address goal setting.
Now this may sound overly obvious but goal setting is the only way to realistically expect yourself to achieve a goal. We have all heard it before: makes sure you set a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, relavent, time-specific), followed by smaller goals and action steps, both of which lead up to you achieving your goal. This is vital and you must start here but here’s the truth: first you set the goal, then you see…
First you set then you learn how to achieve it. This means forget about why it won’t happen, why you “cannot”, what is in your way. Wrong. Those are lies, and you simply aren’t going to listen to it.
IF you want success…if you truly want to achieve something great, you have to set the goal and BELIEVE IT WITH ALL OF YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL. You have to write it down and paste it everywhere: on the fridge, in your car, on your desktop.
Here’s a secrete that everyone hears but refuses to realize: you believe what you tell yourself. Think about that. Your mind cannot distinguish the difference between your thoughts and your reality. Therefore we really do become what we think about. Sound fooy?
In 2010 I set my eyes on the seemingly impossible: qualify for the Ironman World Championships, which us crazy triathlete-types simply call Kona (held on the Big Island). They say it is statistically easier to get into Kona than it is to qualify for Kona.
So you know what I did? I wrote it down and pasted it everywhere. I told everyone and anyone who would listen, or at least pretended to listen, that I was going to qualify for Kona (note: I wasn’t “trying”, I was “doing” as if you try something your brain accepts failure as a possible and acceptable outcome…no way Jose’! I was “all in”). I visualized what I would do when I crossed the finish line, who would be there, what the temperature would be like, what it would feel like to realize my dream. Shoot, I even wrote the check to WTC the night before the race. I told my mind the outcome I wanted, the outcome I expected.
And guess what? I qualified! Holy crap was it hard and did not go to plan (read IM Wisconsin if you care to hear the battle story) but the point is their is significant power in the mind. We achieve what we believe.
If you want to make a change, if you have a goal you want to achieve, don’t worry about the how until you’ve overcome yourself. Our thoughts become our actions which establish the behaviors that lead to our results. Your thoughts matter. Listen to what you tell yourself this week regarding a goal or a change you’re trying to make. What do you notice? How does what you say/believe impact your behavior? Figure this out and your goal will become your reality, just like mine did for me!