This is going to start off a bit morbid, but this past week as I was running from a hotel to a seminar I was attending, I passed a cemetery. Having plenty of time to get to the event, I decided to walk into the old New England cemetery, freshly covered in white powder with fresh snow still falling. Strolling through the graveyard, one tombstone particularly caught my eye. It was so old that the name was now unclear, but I could see their birth year and death year still clearly; born 1799, died 1824, 25 years old. Currently sitting at 30 years old, this particular grave was a gentle reminder that anything can happen in life. We need to make every year, every month, and everyday count. If we focus with the end in mind as Stephen Covey states in his best seller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we will ensure that what we really want to get accomplished in life is fulfilled.
While I can’t sit next to you on a daily basis and ensure you are getting the most out of every day, I can push you to create some goals. Previously, I’ve written about how to make a kick ass goal. Today however, we want you to really think big. I want each of you to write three goals. Being that we are a gym, we can be most supportive of your athletic goals. These are the ones we are going to ask you about in the gym, write down, and do everything in our power to help you accomplish. You can print more copies however if you want to also create business or personal goals as well.
Here are the rules:
Create three HUGE goals.
One of them is your AWESOME GOAL.
Here we want to see something like get your first pull-up, lose 10 lbs, or run a 5k. This goal should be big, but something that is attainable without changing your life too much.
The next one is your CRAZY AWESOME GOAL.
This goal should have a life changing habit associated with it. Maybe it means you have to commit to working out 5 days a week, changing how you eat, sleep, recover, and more. These goals should be like PR your half marathon, ride your bike in the local charity ride, eat 800 g of fruits and vegetables a day, or get down to 15% body fat.
And the last one is your CRAZY EPIC AWESOME GOAL.
This one is going to be life-long dream stuff. This one should take huge commitment and life change for. If you’ve ever wanted to rock climb Half Dome, it goes here. Hike the Appalachian Trail, write it down. Or if you’ve ever wanted to cross an Ironman finish line, this is where that goal belongs.
Once you’ve brainstormed your goals, you will meet with an Aspire coach and fill out your goal sheet with them. We will send it back with you with check in dates for each goal to see where you are with that particular goal. If you are on track at your check in, KEEP IT UP! If not, we will iron out a plan for you to get back on track. You will also get your ASPIRE – COMMIT – ACHIEVE bracelet once your goals are set to remind you daily to hold yourself accountable to accomplish what you set out to do.
Let your coach know if you would also like to be held accountable with your business or personal goals. We would love to help you achieve those as well!
Remember, everyday is an opportunity to get better. A 1% increase over time yields incredible results while a 1% decrease or maintenance of the status quo, can have huge consequences. To finish off the way we started, one day you will be dead – what do you want to get accomplished before that day comes?
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Sean Spire is the Owner and Head Coach of Aspire. Athletically, he enjoys lifting heavy shit, running in the middle of the day, and tough MetCons. Personally, he likes spending time with his amazing wife, Erika, and dog, Reef.