Have you ever heard that saying? You need to know what you want before you get started, but not really sure what that meant? I mean, you want to lose weight so you do your workout, right? But, look deeper!
Sit down and really look at what you want for yourself, your health, your finances, your career…. and start paying attention to what you are doing before you get started. Because when you know exactly what you want in all situations, you can achieve more!
Let’s take an example- your goal is to lose 10 lbs. So one thing you have to do is workout. Do you just “show up” in your workout with hopes that overtime you will lose weight? Or do you look at your workout and say – today I want to do a better job then yesterday? Do you challenge yourself? Do you push it a little harder in your workout to get a little more. Try paying attention to your workout and say, today I want to go a little longer on my run, or you want to life a little heavier then the day before. Your ultimate goal is to lose weight by working out, but knowing that you are going into to get more then just that out of it will push you a little harder in your workout. Admit it, we all got on the treadmill at sometime, just read a book, gone at a steady pace… But, why not get on it and say, I am going to go a little faster today then yesterday! It constantly challenges you to do your best!
Let’s try another example, if you want to lose weight would you go into a store and just “shop” until you figure out what is for dinner and hope it meets that weight loss goal of yours? Or could you stop, plan out your meals for the day/week and then create your list and THEN shop! Which result do you think will get you the best results? My guess is the one that you KNEW your outcome was to lose weight by eating right, so you sat down, planned it out and then put it into action. Your success will come quicker with a little pre-planning!
I know that in today’s world, we move so fast it seems hard to stop and plan. It takes a little more time to figure out what we really want. But, I know that when you stop just going through the motions and put your what you want first, then when you get started success will follow.
What are other things you can plan out what you want before you start?
- What if you wanted to save more money in your current paycheck. That is your goal. So, now before you get paid, you sat down wrote out a budget and planned what you were going to spend money on this week and how much you were going to set aside. Do you think this plan will help you get more money in your pocket at the end of the week?
- What if your outcome is to gain more customers for your business? Would it be great plan to figure out who exactly you want to buy your product or service before you simply throw out an ad campaign to the world? A more defined goal of who you will market to will get you better results then just tossing paper in the sky approach.
- What if your goal is to talk more to your kids? Then when you picked them up from school, do you think you could have a conversation over just listening to the radio? Or while making breakfast, you could make it fun and teach them to make pancakes with you instead of just calling them to the table when done?
I challenge you to stop and determine what your goals are, then look at how you can achieve them. I bet if you really figure out what you really want, and look at what you are already doing you can make a few adjustments to really achieve more!
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