I hope you had an awesome 4th of July filled with food, family, friends, and fireworks (oh and maybe a workout in there somewhere!).
It’s hard to believe but we are halfway through the year. Six months have passed in 2019 already and I still can’t get the year correct!
How is your year going so far?
Are you on track toward reaching your goals? Maybe you are feeling a little overwhelmed.
Well, I’m here to help you.
I believe that goal setting is a powerful exercise. I also believe goal setting without regular reflection is like throwing a dart with a blindfold on.
I’ve been guilty of it before and I’m sure you have too. Without regular reminders and check-ins, you start shifting off course. Life gets in the way and before you know it six months have passed (sound familiar?).
That’s okay though.
I’m a big systems guy. I love routine. I love structure and it’s how I get things done. Without systems, there is chaos. I also believe in making small changes and taking those daily steps because if you do this over an extended period of time, it adds up to big results.
It can also work against you too, say for instance if you aren’t doing a regular reflection.
Take an airplane pilot for example. If they are just one-degree south from the intended flight path, after one mile they will be off course by 92 feet. That’s very minimal.
However, if they continue on this course, just the one-degree shift, on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, it would land them over 40 miles south of L.A.
That’s pretty significant!
It’s time to get back on course.
After getting my cup filled up last week at the Super Bowl of fitness conferences, IDEA World, I want to share a few key lessons I learned to crush the second half of 2019.
Don’t just exist – Don’t just go through the motions. You are better than that. Existing is staying in one place. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to do more than exist. Push yourself a little more. If you are reading this, you want more than to just exist.
Swim in a sea of personal development – If you don’t work on yourself, how do you expect to get better? You only get one life so make the most of it. Developing as a person can push your health forward, bring more career opportunities and bring joy and happiness to your life. Going to conferences, reading books, listening to podcasts and the list goes on. Do something for yourself! Be a little selfish!
Systems – If you don’t have systems, you have chaos. This is something I am working on to develop more in my business, but it also applies to your personal life. Routine is important. What does your morning routine look like? That’s a system. Make it a good one as it sets the tone for the day. What does your grocery shopping look like? Have a system to avoid the enticing, but unhealthy foods. Start developing better systems.
Work-life balance is not a real thing – This hit me hard as I am not good at this at all. Is it important to have a life outside of work? Absolutely! However, nothing is ever going to be even and if you try to make it that way, you are going to drive yourself crazy.
Build a team – Who is on your team? Sports are a perfect example. You can have the greatest player on the planet on your team but if the team doesn’t work well together, you won’t go far. However, a cohesive unit, such as this year’s Toronto Raptors, the NBA champions, does work well together. They had a superstar but also had guys that filled their roles perfectly and put the team first. Ever been part of a team where one person brought everyone down with their negativity and selfishness. You need a team in your life. Assess who is on your team. Are they lifting you up or bringing you down? If it’s the latter, time to make a change.
Take action – Without action, nothing gets done. You can have the world’s greatest idea or the perfect plan to lose weight, but if you don’t execute, you won’t go anywhere. Take that first step. Ask yourself, what is the worst thing that could happen if I do this? Then ask yourself how you will feel when you accomplish this goal. Go get what is yours.
Time to get back on course and make a one-degree shift in the right direction.