Goals (and how to reach them)

Goals. We all have them. Whether we take the time to write them down or they live inside our heads, we all have things that we want to achieve. A certain lifestyle, a certain title, a certain possession, or a certain position. We can set goals for literally any area of our lives. But what is it that takes us from thinking about our goals to achieving them?

I’m not here to give you some secret knowledge, shortcut, or easy way to win. But I am going to give you a surefire way to succeeding in reaching your goals. It’s a four letter word that starts with “w” and ends in “ork”.

“Goals are dreams with workboots on.” -Dave Ramsey

Work. It’s not glamorous. It’s not fun. It’s not easy. It’s… well it’s work. And it’s the only way to move from thinking to doing.

We all have goals. But how many of us take the time to sit down and make a plan? To think out how we are going to get from point A to point B? To set specific steps that we are going to take in order to reach our goals?

If you know me, you know I’m pretty unconfrontational. But today I’m going to give you some tough love. If you have goals but don’t take the time to make a plan and then actually take action with that plan, then you are just a dreamer. If you are not willing to work hard in order to reach your goals, you will never reach them. And if you set goals, but don’t take action, then I don’t believe they are goals at all. They are just wishes. And we all know that wishes rarely come true.

Let me say it another way: If you say you value something enough to make a goal for it, but aren’t taking action to reach that goal, then I don’t believe you value it. (Ouch, I know.)

“Hard work pays off.” -Mat Fraser

Now that I may or may not have offended you, let’s talk about getting serious with our goals. What does it take to work hard? It takes fighting our normal human tendency to be lazy and take the easy way out. It takes being intentional with our time, energy, finances, emotions and thoughts. It takes grit to keep going when things get tough. And it takes being the person that you say you want to be. In short, it takes action.

I can’t talk about working hard without mentioning the importance of mindset. I think Henry Ford said it best when he said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Everything we do, whether it’s the subconscious synapse in the brain telling your lungs to breathe or the conscious decision not to eat a piece of cake, starts in our brain. Our thoughts and mindset will make or break our success in achieving our goals. If you think negatively, you will most likely fail to reach your goals. If, on the other hand, you adopt and continue to fight for (because yes it is often a fight) a positive mindset, your likelihood of reaching your goals is far greater.

Lastly, I can’t help but mention the fact that our Nutrition Challenge starts tomorrow. If one of your goals is to lose weight or to improve your nutrition, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. It’s never going to be easier than when you have a community surrounding you and pushing towards the same goal. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. Please take advantage of this opportunity to reach your goals. Please do the hard work that your goals require. You can sign up here.