2013 – What will YOU achieve?

I originally planned on having this post done on Friday…

This here is the second attempt that I’m writing and I hope it finds its way to your computer screen.

I got 800 words into the first draft before I scrapped it because it was boring and dry. Shit you can find if you search, “how to set goals” on Google.

Instead of giving you a lame ass academic goal setting article, I’m going to keep it real…

I’m going to share with you the MISTAKES I’ve made when setting goals. Hopefully you can accelerate your results and learn from my experiences.

Goal setting is something I first learned about after university. My brother Ty introduced me to the field of personal development and I dove head first into books and audio courses. Goal setting was and still is one of the hottest topics.

So I set goals here and there, trying different methods and tricks to make them work for me.

Many goals early on centered around income because I was building my business.

In my second year in business, my goal was to earn $100K.

Then, I trained my first MMA fighter, Jeff Joslin. 

Now I’ll be quite upfront and say I didn’t come close to earning $100K in 2006.

I’ve actually missed a lot of monetary goals I’ve set for myself.

One of the biggest reasons why is because deep down, I really don’t care that much about money vs. other things.

With this being so, why set a money goal?

Heck, I was living at home that second year in business and didn’t need much money to get by anyway.

But, I did care about who I was working with and my day-to-day life.

Once I got my first taste of working with an MMA fighter, I was hooked. It wasn’t about the money at all. Hell, when I started, I was doing it for free!

I was doing it because designing exercise programs for MMA was challenging and rewarding work. And I like hanging out and training athletes more than 40 year old women trying to lose their muffin top.

So the money goal wasn’t congruent with what made me happy. And I’m a happiness-driven kinda guy. I think we all are, ultimately.

I’ve shared this story because maybe your goal is to be the UFC champ, or some other title. 

If this is you, then I suggest you think about the lifestyle first…

Are you prepared to do what it takes to get there?

Spending hours in the gym everyday, putting your body through punishment, fighting your up through the ranks against guys who want to rip your head off?

If the idea of this excites you, then go for it.

But if you don’t love the training or the lifestyle, you’ve only got 2 choices:

a) Set another goal

b) Set your first goal to be to fall in love with the training and lifestyle

If you don’t love it, it’s going to be real easy to quit when the going gets tough.

And more philosophically, you’re going to be spending all this time and energy doing something you don’t really love and that’s time you don’t get back. Why bother?

The best fighters in the world didn’t get there because all they wanted was the fame and money. Those things are by-products of their passion for what they do and their mastery of their craft. Their devotion to constant learning and improvement and love of being in the gym day after day.

Maybe you’re more focused on the potential payoff at the end. The fame; the money.

And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting those things, if you’re going to go down this road, I suggest you learn to love it.

Same goes for any weight loss goal.

If you don’t learn to love eating healthy and training consistently, you’re going to be setting this same goal again in the future. Guaranteed.

This is what people need to know.

Another problem I’ve run into is setting too many goals at once.

You’ve only got so much energy and focus.

Setting too many goals for yourself weakens the energy you’re able to put into each of those goals.

I’ve made lists of 20 or 30 goals before. Needless to say, not many of them got achieved.

It’d be ideal if you could simply have 1 goal to focus on. For the caveman, it was to survive. Because of this, he got really good at it.

But for us, we’ve got lots of different roles and responsibilities, so we need a few goals in each area if we want to continue growing as people.

Here’s a shortlist of some of the areas in your life to consider:

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  • Health and fitness
  • Relationships
  • Work, career and business
  • Personal growth
  • Fun and recreation[/green_plus_2_list]

I suggest setting goals for each area and then breaking them down into actionable steps with measurable outcomes every 3 months or so.

Some goals you may not start until later, which is good to know now so you can plan out when you will attack it.

Either way you do it, just have some rough plan to follow and to check-in with yourself on a consistent basis.

The last mistake with goals I’ve set for myself includes not checking back in regularly.

I’ll set some goals then not constantly review them and check them to keep myself accountable.

So remember to review your goals daily, lest they fall by the wayside.

MMA Goal Setting Worksheet (Download)

Finally, I’ve promised to hook you up with a little worksheet that will help you skyrocket your MMA skills.

All the info is inside, so just right click to download:

MMA Goal Setting Worksheet (Right Click to Save As)

Put it to use and it’ll work wonders for you.

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8 years ago

Great plan Eric. Thats actually how I structure my martial arts classes and ranks. After practicing the same pattern for a few weeks and drilling to improve on those skills, we work them in a more creative format with open ended possibilities. After 8-12 weeks, the student is then tested on the application of those skills. Very similar to what ive seen so far in powerDOJO.

8 years ago

Thanks Eric! Good stuff, I don’t do MMA or anything like that, but I do care about my fitness and improving myself. Looking at planning for 2013, I was getting overwhelmed, you reminded me that I just need to set a few goals, and focus in on them. Someone just told me the other day that we don’t need to worry about all of the things that we need to do, just the “next thing”.

8 years ago

Thanks for inspiring Sensei!

8 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Just wanted to say that I don’t practice MMA, but I’ll be using the Worksheet for my Karate and Full contact. Also I’ll be using your sentence “what am I going to focus on in this class”, only I changed a word that to me sounds a bit stronger, so it would be: What am I going to improve this class/today.

8 years ago

A really good well written blog, go hard for 2013 and will continue to follow your writting and takin bits and putting them into action in my life plan.