Forget motivation, it only goes so far. Motivation is great for building momentum but there will be days when we have no desire to strive towards our goals, the goals we tend to create when we were all hyped up! You know what I’m talking about, those days when extra coffee (or tea, or whatever it is that gets you going) isn’t enough to wake you up for the life of you!
Regardless of how you feel when you wake, you’ll never reach your goals and sustain them unless you attack them intelligently and consistently. You have to take a sword to your goals – a well sharpened sword – and strike them as often as you can within each day, week, month, and year(s) until you make it happen.
But . . . there will never be any goals to attack if you always have them locked away, hidden in your brain as a mere idea lacking “execution.” With that said, below THREE PRINCIPLES THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW if you want to take a sword to your goals effectively:
1: Write Your Goals Down
First and foremost, you need to get your goals outside of your head and beyond a vision, you NEED to write it down. There’s something powerful about writing your goals down, there’s a connection that takes place between a mere vision and manifesting your goals into reality when you let them out. Let’s just say that if you don’t write down your goals and put them somewhere you can see them all the time, you won’t even be able to strike it with a dull butter knife let alone a sword!
“The pen is mightier than the sword!”
2: Plan Your Attack Thoroughly
We’ve established that you need to have your goals written down for them to have any form of vitality. In other words, there’s no point in sharpening your sword for an adversary (YOUR GOALS) that doesn’t exist. Now that you’ve written it down, it’s time to plan your attack in detail. This will include your outcome goals and process goals required to reach your desired outcome. Be reasonable when sharpening the edges of each step you need to take as not to overwhelm yourself but at the same time don’t make it easy either.
“If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 hours sharpening my ax.”
- Abraham Lincoln
3: Attack Your Plan Consistently
Diamonds can only be cut from a rock once they’ve been formed under consistent pressure and time, within a specific environment designed for them to manifest into reality. In the same way, your goals will only be brought to fruition and kept alive under the right set of circumstances. Your goals will only be reached if you chip away at them constantly. No matter how big or small your vision may be, it most likely won’t become a reality with just one strike of the sword. It’s going to take some added time and pressure to make it happen. But soon enough, if you keep striking, if you keep applying pressure . . . it WILL happen.
“That’s all it takes really, pressure and time . . . “
- Shawshank Redemption (Movie)
Putting It All Together
Maybe your goal is to lose weight and tone your body, maybe you want to run faster, maybe the Grouse Grind is kicking you’re a** too easily, maybe you’re looking to build strength while improving flexibility, or perhaps your training for a certain sport and want to improve your skill set. Those are just some of many possibilities of what your goals may be. The beauty of it all is that it doesn’t matter what your goal is, the principles of achieving them are all the same.
Write your goals down, plan your attack in detail, and attack your plan until you reach your goal. That’s all it takes. It sounds easy but it’s far from it. It’s easy to make plans of attack but it’s very difficult to attack your plan day in and day out, so be mentally ready before drawing your sword. And when you do draw your freshly sharpened sword be mindful of the task at hand – the greater the goal, the more effort required to attain it, the more strikes it will take to strike it down.
Now, go and write your goals down and draw your sword!
Get Fit, Stay Fit, Enjoy Life!
Stephen C. Langhjelm