“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one” – Russian Proverb
Today is January 6th, the FIRST Official Monday of 2014.
You can expect the gym to be packed. You can expect to find everyone – new and old – to be there with their snazzy new Nike or Lululemon gear ready to tackle on their resolutions.
Will you be there or are you training at home with your kettlebells and bodyweight today?
Have you set New Years Resolutions? Have you set goals for yourself for 2014 yet?
I'm sure you have (I know I have) – and I'm as excited as you are to get started on making 2014 my best year ever.
BUT, we need to be injected with a quick dose of reality…
You see, I've seen this before and am guilty of it myself, so I want to make sure – before it's too late – that you don't make this same mistake.
Back in January of last year of I was contacted by a young SFG-candidate to help him get ready for the SFG-Boston Certification.
We set up a meeting time, once per week to work on his technique and for me to give him “marching orders” on how to train to prepare for the tough physical weekend.
Everything was great for the first couple of weeks and then he started skipping out. I later found out that he was training for and competing in CrossFit competitions and that his SFG prep was competing with his CrossFit training.
He ended up failing the SFG – not based on his endurance, he passed his snatch test – but on his technique testing.
He was too caught up in his CrossFit training to focus on what really mattered which was his SFG cert.
Here's the reality…
You can't lose lose 20lbs, press half your bodyweight, do 25 chin-ups, finally get your first muscle-up and your first one-arm-one-leg-push-up, run a marathon, pack on 10lbs of muscle and hit a 400lb deadlift all by March 1st.
And thinking that you will be able to achieve all those goals just sets you up for failure.
Achieving all those goals would be difficult for someone to do within a 3 year time frame, let alone within the span of a few months or even an entire year.
Please don't be mistaken, I'm not saying that all those things aren't achievable. The problem is that you can't achieve all those things altogether at once.
You must narrow down and focus on ONE GOAL.
Ask yourself the question…
“What's the ONE THING that I can focus on for the next 2-3 months that is the most important to me?”
THAT ONE THING will be your focus for the first quarter of the year.
If you're really driven, then you can even have one goal to focus on for every different aspect of your life – Health, Wealth/Business, Education/Self-Improvement & Social/Family.
Since all 4 of those categories really don't have anything to do with one another, then you can shift your focus from one aspect of your life to the next.
(Exercise) So here's what I'd like you to do…
- If you have a list of all the things you want to achieve for 2014, take it out and read it over. If you don't have a list, create one now.
- Now divide all those things into the categories of : Health, Wealth/Business, Education/Self- Improvement, Social/Family.
- Now pick ONE THING from each of those categories that is the most important to you.
Here is what I've set for myself for the 1st quarter…
Health – I will be able to crawl for 5 minutes straight by January 26th, 2014*.
Wealth/Business – I will contact and connect with 100 business friends (both current & new) by January 26th, 2014*.
Education/Self-Improvement – I will have read 4 books by January 26th, 2014* – one book per week.
Social/Family – I will spend at least 1hr of one-on-one time with each member of my immediately family EVERY WEEK.
*January 26th is a significant date for me because it's my 37th birthday.
That ONE THING from each category will be your focus from now until March 31st.
As Dan John says, “Let the goal be THE GOAL”.
Focus on the ONE THING that is most important to you now. Devote all your energy to it.
And let's Rock 2014 together.
Happy New Year!
Have an awesome day,
P.S. You can in fact lose weight and bodyfat by getting stronger, BUT you must let strength be your goal. The fat will melt off if you follow the right training program and eating plan.
You can get both HERE.