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Using Procrastination in Setting Your Goals

Posted: January 06, 2020

When your motivation is high and you are feeling like you can and will conquer the world and you have a fresh start in the new year to make everything just the way you want, write it all down and then...procrastinate! I guess everything in life does, after all, have its place. Procrastination is actually quite useful in this situation when you apply it correctly to allow 24 hours to pass before you write your final draft. I have heard some thought leaders suggest coming back to a list of 12 goals, and tasking yourself to get the number down to 8, then coming back a day later and stretching yourself and your team to get it down to 6 or 4 or 3. The discipline of using procrastination in this manner prevents you from diverting your focus to things that at first glance seem worthy but ultimately will only diffuse time and energy away from what is most important. Give your goals the “procrastination test” to see if you can get it to sharpen your focus.


A Refreshing Approach to Goal Setting

Posted: January 05, 2020

Goal setting at the beginning of the year seems to be a “given”, after all, who doesn’t want to have continued success in the future.  And while all of the goal-setting models when followed, seem to produce a result what oftentimes is missing their focus on the fun of the journey.  It usually follows a: what do you want to do?, why do you want to do it? and how long until it’s complete? But, as you can see, no attention is given to doing it in a way that is enjoyable.  The presupposition is that the reward will justify the sacrifice and while that may be true in the short term, to hit a fitness goal it will not sustain itself over time unless you focus on enjoyment in the journey. 

Look at the goals you have set and ask yourself, what, why and how long and then spend the rest of your time on upping the enjoyment factor, by doing simple things like, including friends on the journey, changing the time of day you do the work, adding music, rewarding yourself in little increments along the way, etc.   Ask yourself if the end game was to make the journey to the destination as fun as possible, would your plan be compelling enough to win? Remember you don’t score extra points for misery. Have fun, make the journey memorable and enjoy the rewards of your success.  

What were the shortfalls of your goals for 2019

Posted: December 31, 2019

You’ve heard the expression, “to move forward you have to sometimes take a step back” right?  As the new year is upon us it makes sense to me to look back at goals that weren’t achieved in 2019 and reflect (DO NOT dwell) on why they were missed. I have found the exercise in my own life quite constructive.  If you’re curious here are some of the mistakes I have made that have prevented my goal attainment

1. Set the goal too big… being overly optimistic can sometimes be just as challenging as being a pessimist.

2. Setting too many goals… while ambition is admirable, diffused focus doesn’t do any goal any favors

4 Sentences to Help You Be a Better You in 2020!

Posted: December 27, 2019

The centerpiece of the Personal Best philosophy has always been our Student Creed. As the New Year begins and you’ve had a chance to rethink and refocus, here are a few commitments that may help you act. They are ACTION STEPS inspired by the four sentences that start every class. In fact, they are taken literally from the walls of Personal Best. Sometimes the answers we are looking for are right in front of us.

Student Creed #1

I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth and my physical health.

3 MORE Ways to De-Stress in December!

Posted: December 17, 2019

As mentioned, the holidays are upon us and if you are like most what comes with the holiday cheer is the Holiday stress. Stress in December comes in many forms; the stress of what to get the stress of the year ending and still having things to do and maybe the stress of increased traffic and shopping lines. Well here are a few more tips to help you turn down the stress and use the time to bring you back to center.

4. Pay attention to how you feel There are definitely times when more push is required but be in tune with how you feel. If you feeling a little off maybe the best thing for you to do is rest. At times., I know this can stress us out a bit because we feel like we are not getting things done today, but if you look at the entire month, I think you will always find that taking a down day to prevent a full blown cold or flu will be a much better investment than pushing for through a single day of half focus activity and needing to take 3 additional days off because you didn’t listen to what your body was telling you.

5. Focus on the present It is said that stress comes from only two things; either dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. If you really stop to think about it, you will find that it is true. Every time you start to feel the pull of these two things, recognize it and gently bring your focus back to what you are presently doing.

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