After the holidays, it really does feel great to get back to some sort of “normalcy”. I use this “word” carefully though because Normality (or Normalcy) is the condition of being normal; the state of being usual, typical or expected.
This is some thin ice to walk on. If your normal, everyday routine doesn’t have you pushing for new levels… well then there could be a problem. The point is complacency kills us. How so?
Well complacency is a feeling of satisfaction with one’s achievements. It is making your way to a goal or accomplishment and just sitting back coasting after wards. This doesn’t make you any better. In fact, the more time between when you attain a goal and when you start working towards a new one can really destroy your momentum.
So what are we looking for then? I am looking to be content, not complacent. Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. I want to be happy. Do you? Your answer should be “YES!!!” of course.
So how do we progress and also be happy?
Your new goal is to find a way to make forward advancement your point of contention. This will not happen over night. There are going to be days you don’t want to do it; but… you MUST!
So find a way to get uncomfortable. Find a way to challenge yourself. Embrace the grind and get busy pushing yourself to be stronger, faster, smarter and healthier.
Let us know what we can do to help!
I will tell you that Mondays are stacked for me. There is a lot of prep work to get the first classes of the week started strong. If I don’t finalize the plan a few days before… well the day is just gone!
That is how I felt today. Basically, I didn’t finalize my task list / calendar set up before the alarm clock went off. You know what that feels like? It is like you are standing at the starting line of a race. The gun has gone off and everyone (the day) has left you behind. The rest of your day you feel like you are playing catch up. This causes you to spend most of your time responding to things.
Our momentum slows down drastically anytime we are not taking action towards our goals. I know what I will be doing tonight before I call it a day.
I hope your day is going well and you are taking action and killing it!
Man, yesterday I felt it. Whether I was ready or not; IT was coming. The first day of the month is always a busy time for us. Combine that with the 1st day back after a long holiday and the New Year… ugh!
As I reflected on this last night, I was reminded of a powerful concept that someone coached me on.
“Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan”
You know when to take your lunch. You know when to pick up the kids from school and you even know when dinner is with your friends. These dates and times are scheduled on your calendar to help you know “when” to do something.
I give you this because it is “Resolution Time”. You probably have some goals you want to achieve and you even have a plan to make it happen. But often enough, “what” you do, isn’t nearly as important as “when” you do it. Just like martial arts and life itself… Timing Is The Key.
Try this with everything and watch yourself accomplish more day to day towards your goals. This is guaranteed to give you a Happy New Year!
Guro Larry St. Clair
Martial Way Legacy
“A Compass to the Preservation of Bruce Lee’s Philosophy and Legacy”
Advocare Independent Distributor
So did you get it? I mean… did he bring it to you?? You are probably thinking, “Did who… bring me what?”
Did Santa Claus bring you all your Goals you wanted to achieve?
I mean… just asking alone should have meant that you got it right?
I REALLY believe that I was a good boy this past year. I thought for sure he was going to set me up with everything I wanted… but I guess not.
You see Santa isn’t going to magically bring you everything you asked for. He’s not going to do the steps it takes to achieve your goals. It is up to you and you alone to go for it.
So lets do just that. This time of the year is when I always go into full planning mode. I have each month’s full calendar printed on individual pieces of paper. I go through and write all the important dates for our family first. Then I start to look at Testing and Graduation Dates for our school. Then special events, holidays, vacations, etc.
After this, I make a long list of goals and projects I would like to accomplish in the next year. I set a target date and break down each step to finish the entire project. Once this is done all the steps get written on the calendar.
This creates a great step by step process that maps out the entire journey.
If you can take the small amount of time to do this, I promise… you will be 80% to your destination. This is all it takes. Literally an hour of your time to plot out each step.
Do you think generals in the military go into battle without a plan? Do you think successful CEOs of major companies go in without a plan?
So take a few moments this week, before the last holiday of the year. Organize your thoughts, write your goals down and plan your year!!!
I was reviewing some notes this week on goal setting and I realized something.
This time of the year is extremely important!!!
It is a great time to do a self-evaluation for the last 12 months. You can ask yourself three simple questions.
#1 – What have I accomplished?
#2 – What am I in line to achieve?
#3 – What have I not finished?
As you weigh these out, you want to remember who you wanted to be this year. Then compare that to who and where you are right now. This should paint a solid picture and help you create your goals for the next year.
Following this process should eliminate the “Blank Canvas Challenge” and get you moving smoother through your planning phase.
What’s on your list? Not your Christmas List; but your Goal List?
The new year is approaching fast and I am of course asking all my students what their goals are and what we can do to help.
This has reminded me of some powerful action steps that actually apply to everything we do. You see it is very easy to look at something and say, “It won’t work.” It is also easy to do something a few times and say, “It doesn’t work” or “It’s too difficult.”
I share this because you must “try” first before you can “do”. Once you “do” enough, you can say that you have actually “done” something. A great example is I have been in two movies in my entire life. I even had a one word line… whoa! So obviously I am an actor right? NOT! I don’t even consider that “trying” yet.
So whether it be your diet, training, hobbies or whatever it is you want to improve on… “get after it”. Go for it like Bruce Lee would go for it. Obsess over it day and night until you reach your goal. Give it your full attention and put in the TIME!!!
So here are some simple steps…
1) Pick some goals.
2) Start “trying” a little each day towards those goals.
3) “Try” so many times that you can eventually say you are “doing” something.
4) “Do” something for 30 days (minimum) and check out the results.
5) Evaluate the results to your approach.
6) Set up an adjusted plan or pick a new direction.
7) Rinse and Repeat!!!
I know for a fact that if you follow this approach you WILL reach your goals.
Speaking of goals… What will you push to achieve in 2018???