Transform Wishes Into Goals
When I was a kid I had a friend who built all kinds of models. Planes, cars, buildings.
I convinced my mom to buy me one, and I gave up after a couple of days.
I have a friend who’s always starting new hobbies. Ham radio, remote controlled helicopters, learning the bass. Yet he always loses his excitement (much to his wife’s frustration) as soon as his new toy comes in the mail.
He’s got a huge antenna up on his roof. I don’t think he’s used it more than a few times.
When people set goals, often times they aren’t really goals. They are wishes. Then we get started, and realize how much work is involved. Sure, we’d love to get them if somebody would just give them to us.
But when we realize how much work is involved, it kinds of puts things into perspective.
Then there’s that “opportunity cost” that most people don’t like to consider.
After all, we only have so much time and money. If we are going to spend an hour or two a day becoming a world class martial artist, you can’t really spend another hour or two a day learning to be a world class pianist.
That’s why it’s really a good idea to choose ONE major goal for each area of your life. Financial, career, hobby, relationship, etc.
And along the way, you’ll branch off, learn new things, redefine your ultimate goal. This is what makes life worth living. The pursuit of things that are important to YOU.
Even then it’s difficult. Any goal requires being able to measure your progress. Otherwise you don’t know if you’re REALLY moving forward, or just kidding yourself.
That’s why a very IMPORTANT area of life is your health.
Not only is it the most crucial part, but it’s the EASIEST to measure.
Even if you get out and walk every day, you can measure the time. The distance. The frequency.
And once you PROVE to yourself that you can get real results (instead of imaginary results), it makes all those other goals much more believable.
They slowly transform from wishes, to goals, to daily actions, to consistent achievements.
It all starts with making the decision to move your body. Somehow. Someway. On a regular basis.