Before you embark on the 90-Day FIT for SUCCESS Challenge, you’ll want to answer a few questions:
- What goals do you want to accomplish during the 90 days?
- What’s the vision you’d like to create for the next year and beyond?
- What will you be able to accomplish for yourself, your family, your community?
Too often, people see vision and goals as one and the same, but they are not. Your vision serves as the compass, your “true north.” Goals, on the other hand, are your markers along the path of life moving you toward your vision.
Together, an inspiring vision and clear goals serve as a blueprint for your lasting success—your choice to live a strong life, however you define it. It’s the life you’re most drawn to live, a brilliant future that pulls you forward each day with great force.
With this process you take the power of transformation far beyond the physical realm. You’re not just increasing the effectiveness of your workouts, but also your ability to excel in life.
Creating Your Vision
Your vision is a gripping narrative or picture of your life one year from today, written in the present tense.
I often find that people tend to focus on the tangible rewards when creating their vision—a new career, home, car or dream vacation. All of these things are terrific, but it’s not just the things you want, but also the feelings and emotions that bring your vision to life.
What impact will your vision have on your energy, confidence, productivity and success?
For example, a one-year vision statement might look like this: I have the energy and stamina I did 10 years ago and my efforts have been rewarded through a salary increase and promotion. I’ve joined Rotary, shaved two strokes off my handicap and next month we’re headed to a beach vacation for 8 days. I feel more energy, joy and fulfillment in both my personal and professional life, with a growing sense of accomplishment.
Goal Setting: One of the Secrets to a Life of Success
With your vision in mind, it’s time to set your goals: the defined, measurable outcomes you intend to achieve in a given period of time, in this case over the course of 90 days.
Goals need to be separate, albeit supportive, of the vision and must be specific, challenging and meaningful, not vague wishes or fleeting desires.
It’s not enough to say, “I want to get in shape.” This is the traditional New Year’s resolution that has no power, no direction behind it. It’s not a goal, but a vague wish.
Instead, if you want to go from a size 14 to a size 8 or from a 38-inch waist to a 34-inch waist within 90 days, those are specific and measurable. Be ambitious, but realistic. What can you accomplish in 90 days?
Set at least two physical goals as judged by objective measurements that can be quantified, such as losing 10 pounds of fat, gaining three pounds of muscle, losing two inches off your waistline, lowering your cholesterol by 50 points, shaving minutes off your triathlon time, etc.
Set at least two goals that focus on your inner strength. These are mental and emotional goals subjectively measured and not as easy to quantify, but are no less important. After all, self-improvement is not just physical.
Focus on improving your outlook, attitude, mood, and information base. For example, you could improve your relationship with someone who holds a significant amount of importance in your life. Or perhaps you’re looking to advance your career or personal growth. You could set a goal of reading a certain number of books, taking new courses or hiring a professional coach to support and challenge you.
Physical Goal 1: ________________________________________________________
Physical Goal 2: ________________________________________________________
Inner Strength Goal 1: ___________________________________________________
Inner Strength Goal 2: ___________________________________________________
Dare to dream big. One thing is certain: If you fail to define your life, life will define you.
Use the comments section and share your goals. Putting them out there for other people to see often makes us more accountable. Post them in your home. Share them with a friend or your partner.
Until Next Week,