Achieve Your Goals in 2012

Ahhh… A New Year, a fresh start. 2012 is upon us and it’s up to us to make it a big one.

I woke up bright and early today with an agenda packed full of little tasks. Go to the walk-in clinic to get my medicals to submit to Boxing Ontario. Work on this blog post. Train Bocek. Get some writing done for a new project. Spar.

Look for big things from Mark Bocek in 2012.

When I left the condo this morning, my wife and my dog were both still sleeping. Got on my bike, hit up the clinic. Closed. Rode to the next one. Talked to the receptionist. It’s an hour wait. I flashed her my biggest smile. Usually when I do this women instantly begin tearing their clothes off. Still an hour wait.

No way I’m waiting in the lobby of a walk-in clinic for an hour. I’d be likely to come out worse than I went in. Defeated, I chose to move on to task #2, writing this blog post.

As I contemplate the coffee I’m going to brew once I lose my writing ‘flow’, I’m thinking about how I can go about helping you get off to a good start to help you achieve your goals this year.

I think back to what I’ve done that has helped me achieve my goals, and what I did wrong when I didn’t. Thinking about both of these things is important, not just focusing on what we did right and forgetting about our failures. Do that and you render the failure useless. Discover why you failed and the failure becomes education and an opportunity for growth.

For me, one of the reasons why I’ve failed to achieve goals in the past is that I have too many goals at one time.

We only have so much mental and physical energy to direct each day. If we’re spreading it out over 10 different goals or projects, each one only gets a tenth of the energy it could get if we had 1 project. Simple math.

That’s one of the biggest things I’ll be working on this year. I’ve got a zillion ideas of programs and projects to work on for myself and to make available to you. For example, I’ve wanted to release my eXplosive Muscle Building Blueprint for months; same with the Olympic Lifting Mastery Course.

But something else has always taken priority. Finally I got them done and I’m proud of what they’ve become.

So one of my resolutions is to narrow my focus. Not put too much on plate. Target those goals that would really make me proud of myself for achieving. The goals that would make a significant impact on my life and those around me.

As Master Bruce said, mastery isn’t about adding more and more, it’s about hacking away at the unessential.

If you haven’t, read The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Now!

In simplicity lies efficiency. Efficiency is one of my core principles. Others I’ve shared in this video.

I’ve been thinking about my goals for a few weeks now. I still haven’t narrowed them all down. But when I do, those are going to be the main focus for the year.

One of them as you might’ve guessed is having a boxing match. That one has been on my plate for a while. I’m embarrassed that it hasn’t happened yet. But I set the date, now I’m doing what I have to do to make it happen. January 28th baby!

The second tip I’ll give you is to set your goal, then at that moment, create some type of action list or plan.

This takes your goal from your mind into reality.

When I set my boxing fight date, I printed up a calendar for January and wrote in each and every workout I’m going to do. Now, I’m on autopilot. All I’ve got to do is look at the calendar and follow the plan. Easy.

To make it even easier, I signed up at a big box gym around the corner. I even gave the devils my credit card info. I mainly signed up because they have a heavy bag. And I’m not just getting the convenience, I’m also getting entertainment.

I like watching the Stock Trainers put their clients through random and often ridiculous workouts. It seems like the gym taught all of their Stock Trainers the power pose: stand behind client with arms crossed chewing gum more rapidly than a cow on speed chews cud while spending more time looking at yourself in the mirror than watching your client’s exercise technique. I’m going to have to work on that.

So with respect to your fitness, what is your ultimate goal?

If it’s anything like, “To get in the best shape of my life and have the body of my dreams” then now, you’ve got to boil it down…

What’s the one thing you want to focus on first that will get you to your ultimate goal?

To help you, here’s a poll that shows the most common objectives, choose the ONE that you want to start with:

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Now that you’ve got your focus, think about your plan. While your focus should be narrow, your plan is more broad, including things like exercise, diet, stress reduction, accountability, assessment, etc.

To make this official, write down a couple of your next action steps in the Comments section below. That way you can come back to this post and assess your progress. Here’s a list of possibilities to help you get started:

  • Create / get workout program
  • Schedule workouts
  • Get necessary gear
  • Find a coach, workout buddy, or someone to hold me accountable
  • Create / get nutrition plan
  • Schedule grocery trips and meal prep time

Can you think of any others to add to this list? If so, let me know in the Comments section.

The last tip I’ll give you is this: don’t be a PROGRAM FLOOZY.

A Program Floozy is just like a normal floozy who jumps whoever’s bones they find interesting at that particular (drunken) time, without any commitment. Just looking for a good time. That’s a surefire way to not getting any long-term, lasting results. Once you’ve found a program that looks like it’ll work for you, see it to the end.

Even if it’s not the “best” program out there, if you stick to it, chances are it’ll get you closer to your goals, even if it doesn’t get you all the way there. When you’re done with it, if it didn’t give you everything you wanted, get a new one.

So those are my 2 tips to achieving your goals in 2012: narrow your focus and stick to a plan.


Now leave your next couple of action steps below and let’s kill it in 2012:

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9 years ago

Build more muscle, then improve conditioning.

Focuse your energy is essential for success, completely agree with Bruce Lee.

Thanks for this post Eric!

9 years ago

Improve my grappling skills. Focus on fundamentals and build in training for explosiveness.

9 years ago

Anyone else realize that “The Tao of Jeet Kune Do” translates to “the way of the way of the intercepting fist”?!?

I want to increase my cardio so I never hold back on my chisao from fear of gassing.

9 years ago

Join a MMA school and train to compete in a match

bob g
bob g
9 years ago

goals –
– get to 13% bodyfat (at 17.6%)
– bench 225 for 10 reps
– do 12 pull ups

9 years ago

You know, one thing I like about Eric is the fact that he is always concentrating on stuff like how to gain more speed and power, or improve technique, build muscle, prevent injuries, recovery, or setting goals and how to achieve them and much more which I can’t really post here, just read his articles and you will see what I mean. Unlike other so called “coaches” or “fitness experts” or whatever the hell nicknames they come out for themselves (which they propably think is cool), who they only talk about losing fat, or belly fat, or six-packs (and no, they do not mean beer). They are always trying to sell you something (book, food, drink, supplement, or whatever) claiming that it will make you burn more fat, like some sort of tea from a mountain in a country I can’t pronounce which will make you burn 217% (SERIOUSLY?) more… Read more »

9 years ago

Work on self discipline
Read The Importance of Living
Go through mma-r again, then xMB. Finish both just before summer

9 years ago

I have just got MMA Strength and Conditioning Program, but I’m already very excited about all the possibilities. Mainly I want to lose my belly fat and certainly improve cardio and power in the process. I need to have more discipline with my cardio training and to focus on my nutrition plan, which is my weak spot. Good luck everyone!

Thom Futrell
Thom Futrell
9 years ago

Great post! I know I really need to attack my diet, and probably increasing my cardio wouldnt hurt as far as losing some of this holiday fat I seem to have accumulated