Goals

Monthly Goals – Jun’16

We all have goals. The most common form are New Year’s Resolutions, which most of us wait till the end of the year to complete or simply lose track of. Few have a plan and take action. I have always set goals in a minimal form like most, that being without a plan.

I started serious goal setting in 2015. By serious, I mean taking the time to come up with a plan and vision for each goal. For example, not just writing, “goal: Muscular Physique,” and being done with it. Rather having a plan that breaks down the steps I need to take in order to achieve that goal. So, to ultimately achieve a muscular physique by the end of the month, I will be working out 3x per week and will be able to do 2×10 pull-ups. Then, keep progressing from there with more pull-ups, dips, so forth and so on. These objectives are a big part of fitness. I also have goals for all areas of my life, such as: to be more positive and to have a calmer mindset (Zen), as well as being productive.

Why set goals?
→ Goals are a central feature of human behavior (a nice scientific way of putting it). Having goals will give your life meaning, by giving you a purpose and something to work towards. Also, it will energize your activities. So, each day you know you are working towards something. The path of goal pursuit is different for each person. Goal setting is the process of creating individual objectives for where you want to be in life and what you envision in your future. In order to achieve goals, your intention cannot be to just have them. As setting them is half the battle. The other half, is taking action with a plan. Goals are dynamic; you need to have flexibility, as overtime things may change and you will need to make adjustments. An important part of goals is weekly reflections. At the end of the week you reflect on how your progression for the week and plan for the next week. With this feedback, you have the opportunity to see what’s working and what is not, and tweak them accordingly. Like anything in life there will be obstacles and your challenge is to overcome them. By setting goals, taking action, and making adjustments along the way you will be able to achieve what you set out to.

I am still learning. Currently, I have been listening to Zig Ziglar’s goals audiobook, How To Stay Motivated – Vol. III: The Goals Program, which continues to evolve my thinking on goals by having a plan followed with action. (listening via Audible.com)
{Check out this video: Ziglar’s Goal Setting

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Below are my June Goals, which are part of my 2nd quarter goals (April – June). I set goals quarterly. Having 12 week goals, gives me the opportunity to really break down my goals into steps. Though monthly plan, weekly objectives, and daily actions.

» My big three goals are:

  • Productive Person (essentially a long term goal)
    • Morning routine complete
      • Reading, exercise, breakfast, affirmations, shower
    • All ready to go at 8:30am
    • Out of house by 9am
    • No TV in the morning
    • Get work done in the morning (as morning hours are my most productive)
    • Accomplish goals in morning
  • Tidy Up » Organized Person {long Term Goal} (I have been putting this off. I tidy up my room and it only lasts a week or so as I don’t maintain it. This has always been an issue for me. However, I am now ready to make the change.)
  • Meditate 3 minutes daily
    • This is essential for me. Meditating is going to be a big part on evolving to the next level.

» Long Term Goals

  • Lean Athletic Muscular Physique (in-between a boxer and Jason Statham)
    • Do Pullups, 3x per/week
      • Get up to 5×5 Pull-ups
  • Be Calm
    • Do not respond defensively when someone is yelling at me or intensively criticizing me. Rather act in calm manner. Like most, my first reaction is to be defensive and engage in an argument. I have been working on this since 2014. Since then, I have evolved to now deep breathing and half-smiling. Also, if need be I respond calmly and firmly (seems like I have it under control). Well, most the time I do. I have to keep training myself to do so, so it becomes an automatic instinct.
  • Mindset and Attitude
    • Step back, and be objective. Take a breather and think of what am I trying to do
      This is to prevent me from overthinking and getting flustered in the moment.
    • Be non-judgemental. If someone does something different than how I do, then accept that. There is a good reason for why they do so (although I can still question it.)
    • If someone is staring at me, then smile at them. This was a big obstacle for me in high school. However, I have evolved to the point where over 90% of the time I give the biggest smile I can and sometimes a nice wave.
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» Tweaker
→ During finals, I mentally consumed a lot of TV. On one hand, it was unexpected for this year. As I have been averaging 1 hr per day of TV, since the start of this year. On the other hand, for the past five years during exam time, I have binge watched TV shows. Going back to sophomore year of high school; this is an on-going challenge of mine that I will conquer. The remedy: I believe I will get back to my 1hr per day average by following a TV schedule routine. I will not start any past series, where all episodes are available (darn you Netflix). Also, I will only watch 3-5 TV shows that are in season. Such as the upcoming season of Suits.

Now that I have my goals set, along with a plan. I need to break them down into smaller steps with weekly goals and daily actions. Then, I will take small steps along the way to reach my destination.

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