My 44th Birthday
Here’s a scenario for you…
I was about six weeks out from my 44th birthday. I wasn’t crazy out of shape, but I wasn’t looking the way I wanted to look for my 44th birthday. I needed to get my shit together.
I was hovering around 205 pounds because I was specifically focusing on powerlifting, but let’s face it, it feels better to be ripped up on your birthday.
So, I made the mini goal to get my ass back down to 190 pounds. As I write this, I’m floating between 194-196 and feel completely different. More confident and leaner.
Mini Goals Are the Key
Getting back down to 190 pounds was a perfect mini goal to get me motivated to get in better shape.
What’s the key takeaway here? By setting many mini goals, you are setting yourself up to win big in the long run. Imagine the compounding effect of consistently hitting these mini goals.
Yeah, fitness is my job. This is something I do for a living, so I’m going to be a bit crazier than the average person. But it goes beyond fitness, health, bodybuilding, and powerlifting…
What About Life Events?
What do you have going on in your life? Where can you set mini goals?
Do you have a family vacation coming up? A high school reunion? A 5k run? A promotion at work?
Then, there’s the annual #IWANTABZ Transformation Contest. This has become the Super Bowl for many people each year. It’s the perfect time and contest to get your ass in gear for the year.
Build the Structure
When’s your birthday? When’s your spring break? When’s your vacation?
By putting these life events on the calendar, you can trick yourself into being more motivated.
It doesn't matter how internally or externally motivated of a person you are. I’m one of the most consistent and disciplined people you will ever meet, and I falter from time to time. We’re human… it’s inevitably going to happen at some point.
Ask yourself: what are 5-10 mini goals you can you set right now in your life to be more successful? Once you identify those 5-10 goals, it’s time to build the roadmap for how you’ll get there.