Your 2010 Goals

Whenever December rolls around, I always reflect on how the past year went, and I start thinking about what I want to achieve in the upcoming year.

 

This past year I’ll admit that I didn’t have a clear vision of all of my goals and what I wanted to achieve.

This was a huge error, because I know the importance of setting goals and how powerful they can be to drive you to achieve them, but this only happens if they’re very clear in your mind.

I did have a few business and career goals, and because I had them in mind, I achieved them, which was great.

But a lot of things that are important to me, like my relationships with my girlfriend, family, and friends, my education, and my ideal day-to-day lifestyle I didn’t think about so much.

It’s not that these things all blew up, but I kind of just went with the flow and took whatever came my way, instead of working to create exactly what I want.

Like I would just read whatever books caught my interest at the time as opposed to having a plan of what I wanted to specifically learn.

And that’s why I’m writing this – because I want to put out some of my goals for 2010 to keep me accountable, and to maybe stimulate some thinking along the same lines for you.

First, for those of you who have never learned much about goal setting, let me share with you the absolutely most effective way to set your goals and set yourself up for success:

By far the most important thing is to write down your goals, review them daily, and BELIEVE that you will achieve them.

Don’t worry too much about the way you word it, for now, just think about what it is you want to achieve, write it down, then review it on a daily basis and BELIEVE it’s yours.

It’s best if you can also visualize the goal, so say you want to enter your first MMA fight, see yourself walking into the cage, staring down your opponent, then winning the fight!

Doing this is by far the most important thing to do.

After you have this down, then think about when you want to achieve them.

Now of course you’ve got to be realistic, but most people underestimate their potential. If it’s absolutely unrealistic, like being the UFC champ if you’ve never had a fight before, then you’re setting yourself up for failure.

So here’s a sample of what I’m going to work for and achieve in 2010:

HEALTH

  • Sleep – I’m aiming to sleep 8 hours a night and be in bed before midnight 5 days a week. Sleep is so vital to everything that I can’t neglect it anymore. I’m being honest with myself because I know I won’t be getting in bed at 10:30pm, especially since I’m training people until 9pm most weeknights, but I know I can manage 5 days a week being in bed before midnight.

RECREATION & FUN

  • Enter at least 2 amateur boxing fights/tournaments and WIN them and at least 1 No-Gi Submission Wrestling tournament… I’m taking this step-by-step, maybe in 2011 it’ll be a cage fight… 🙂
  • Play a recreational team sport with my girlfriend once a week.
  • Spend 1 full week at my parent’s cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario in July/Aug.
  • Do a canoe/camping trip for a weekend in Algonquin Park in the summer… I’ve never done a canoe/camping trip where you paddle around to different camping spots, plus it’s gorgeous there, it looks like this:

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Visit my brother in China – he’s been there for 4 years or something now and I still haven’t gotten out to see him – I’m aiming for Sept/Oct to get out there.
  • Teach my parents how to blog! This one will be funny and I’ll definitely let you know when it launches… it’s coming soon!
  • Plan more dates with my g/f (2-3 per month)! For all you guys out there – once you get comfortable with your lady, you might just fall into the trap of, "Hey, it’s Friday, what do you wanna do?" DON’T DO THIS!! Girls like to look forward to things and like to be planned for, so give it a go and I bet you’ll both be a lot happier… An old personal training client always used to tell me, "Happy wife, happy life!"

EDUCATION

  • Study the 3 new Russian/Eastern European strength training textbooks that I’ve had sitting around and never gotten to, knocking off at least 1 a month starting in January.
  • Attend 1 high level 3-5 day intensive training program – I’ve got my eye on a couple different ones, just gotta see which one will be the best (these are like $2K to attend so I’ve gotta take my time and really make sure they’re good).
  • Attend at least 3 other smaller training seminars, conferences, lectures, or workshops spread throughout the year.

So these are just some of the goals on my list… Hopefully they’ve stimulated some thought about what you want to happen in 2010…

Let me know if I’m missing anything, but most importantly, post a comment with your TOP 1-3 GOALS below, so you have some level of accountability and drastically improve your chances of achieving them.

 

 

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Rocci Williams
Rocci Williams

a good way to keep on track to reaching your goals, create daily missions – acomplishing missions builds confidence, this staetement is from a book called heads up baseball, this book is fantastic for everyone who desires and want to progress through either sport, work or general life – for me its fighting

tyleratkins
tyleratkins

I am only 15 but I plan to get stronger and get the six pack and that i have always wanted, get a girlfriend that actually means something and finnally I would like to win my first wrestling match for my schools wrestling team as a freshman. Thanks for all your help Eric, you have helped me change my life pretty dramatically.

Eric

Hey Tyler thanks for the comment dude – glad I could help… If you have any Q’s – hit me on the blog!!

anubis24
anubis24

Hey Eric and or any of the other guys on here. Just joined a new gym in my area that has a bunch of the Les Mills classes. What are your thoughts on their BodyPump classes? http://www.lesmills.com/global/en/members/bodypump/about-bodypump.aspx

Are those any good for cardio similar to the barbell or flow complexes or am I better off going it alone? What about the spinning(bike) classes? Just trying to get some more options for cardio.

Eric

There just 1 thing you need to know – these classes are designed with 40 year old women in mind…

Do intervals and the flow complex (or my Crazy 8’s) for Anaerobic endurance, train aerobic system if you need to (if you’ve got no aerobic base)…

Derek
Derek

My MMA related goals would be,1st to seriously improve! my stamina,I currently train intensely once per week at my MMA gym and once at my boxing gym and nearly throw up every time near the end of these workouts,was wonderin if you have any queries on this,if it might be my breathing or if its just me not being fit enough?
2nd would be to commit myself more and attend more classes as i always find myself making excuses as im at college and its a long way to travel to both gyms.
3rd to hopefully get an amature MMA or boxing fight by 2011,giving me plenty of time to be 100% ready

….non mma related,currently stopping smoking and the part about writing it down and looking over it several times a day is a great idea! thanks man

Eric

1 Book To Read To Stop Smoking Forever…

Easy Way to Quit Smoking – Allan Carr

Buy it and Apply it!

Jordan
Jordan

you asked about my goals specific to mma. mine our to be quicker/explosive and increased flexibility. obviously everyone in MMA would like a harder punch but that will come with time with my workouts and training. but to be more explosive and increase flexibility I will have to tweak my workout more to change my results instead of just focusing on strength/ endurance.

Roger
Roger

My goals are to lose body fat, which I have already been in the process of doing, but the extra information and training techniques and exercises will only add to it along with the nutritional information.

Building muscle is my 2nd goal. I want to remain in the light heavyweight category, but if I wanted to be able to move up to heavy weight at any time. I need the extra size and muscle and the training and exercises from Eric will definitely help me in reaching that goal.

Roger
Roger

Fantastic information, workout and training. I started by incorporating exercises and training that I was not doing into my current training program. My current training program fits well with everything on this site, but I was missing somethings as far as other exercises and training techniques.

When I incorporated just simple things like the Bulgarian Split Squats, Inverse Row, Side Bends, 180′ Jump Squats, Prisoner Squats it just added more to my workout that I was not only looking for, but needing.

Each week I add onto my current training and I already see improvement in strength and endurance. My next challenge is to incorporate the weight training/muscle building.

Thanks Eric.

Darryl
Darryl

My goals for 2010 are pretty simple. Work my butt off to lose a few extra ponds then concentrate on cardio improvement. With asthma, I know it will take me a little longer, but I have to stay persistant and not give up.

Philip
Philip

For 2010, I simply want to improve my physical fitness. MMA athletes are in my opinion are in the best over all shape of any professional athletes. I enjoy the training, and learning all the techniques of striking, ground and pound, and grappling. I have no aspiration to compete as I belive at 34 years of age I am too old to start. But, I enjoy the sport. And it keeps me from getting board and giving up as I would if I were just sitting on a machine in a gym.

Jeff
Jeff

I think Randy Couture started late in life and he did pretty well in MMA. Age is only a number! Don’t let anything keep you from your dreams and goals.

Maafu
Maafu

Happy New Year Eric and thanks for the reminder. My goals for 2010 are as follows:

1. Get 8 hrs of sleep a day.

2. Spend more quality time with my wife and kids.

3. Continue training with Ultimate S&C.

4. Rejoin an MMA gym and restart formal training.

shane
shane

May the Newyear, open new doors to your wellbeing!! Takecare Eric.

Alain
Alain

Well thanks for all your advice, and tonights the last party and then its back to getting serious in training and back in athlete mode.It’s the only way to achieve the setted goals. Happy new year, all the best in mma in the coming year and also everything that has nothing to do with MMA. NO INJURIES PLEASE, haha, god I hate em, Read you next year 😉

mike
mike

1)make myself into a deadly striker-hopeful to start competing muay thai by fall

2)start going to BJJ on a more regular basis

3)greatly improve my strength and conditioning
…i wanted to get that book you wrote about the strethening and conditioning but im only 16 i have no credit card and my mom thinks everything is a scam online. what other methods of payment are possible?

Eric

Hahah I assure you it’s not a scam… does she think eBay is a scam too? 🙂

You can pay by PayPal which can be linked to a bank account…

Paul H.
Paul H.

Writing down and reviewing your goals daily is great advice but you also need a plan and be willing to modify or completely scrap plan in favour of a new one if need be. A destination with no direction can be frustrating.

Eric

YES – that is very true… writing and reviewing daily is only Step #1…

larry
larry

,,,oh and by the way as anyone ever heard of those Oxygen Capsules?
sort of little confinement that sends pressurised gas or air or whatever apparently used by quite a lot of athletes I d like t a hear more about it if anyone knows anything///?

Eric

Never heard about em Larry, but as long as their not suppositories it’s probably safe enough to try out… 😉

larry
larry

Eric Mate Larry Here ,first of all Happy New One hey I read yer goals for 2010 and ya said u ll try ta go t China? well if Y do tr5y t drop by Japan i ll b delighted t show ya around ,,actually quite a lot of foreigners fighting here y ll b surprised!!! Anyway , as for my goals 1st and more importantly (cuz they re the closest ones on the time line) make the weight for my next fight 31st of Jan. resume training like i did before following yer program and keep training at my Muay Thai gym and try ta win my fight but more especially make it enjoyable , having FUN achieving yer goals is one of the keys leading to success 2nd Enjoy everyday at work and do a super duper amazing job 3rd visit fam’ly in the UK & Europe in… Read more »

bran3442
bran3442

1.I would like to get back to school this year.
2.Become a better husband and father
3.Take my fighting hobby to the next level by working on the mental end, perhaps win an amateur belt, go pro by the end of the year

Ross
Ross

1.Get down to 10% bodyfat by March 18
2.Become a Certified Personal Trainer by March 1
3.Compete in MMA again by May 1

First fight was a loss,but I now I understand more fully what it will take for me to win.
Resting right now because of my elbow. Even pushups can aggravate it.
Playing basketball every week and will start hitting the cardio(jump rope, endurosquats,etc) hard to maintain shape and hit my body composition goal.

Chris H.
Chris H.

Every routine, workout advice, and altogether comment you’ve laid upon us has enlightened me in some way. I appreciate you taking out the time to give us these words of wisdom.
My 3 main goals(off the top of my head) are:
1.Join an MMA or martial arts gym and begin training immediatley
2.Become financially secure and have a good day-to-day routine(sleep pattern, work schedule, training schedule, strength/conditioning schedule)
3.Become mentally stronger

Eric

Alright man – immediately is pretty quick, so post back when you’ve joined an MMA gym!

Jeff
Jeff

Eric- It’s weird, I was JUST thinking hard about my own goal setting plan for 2010. I too had an “off” year in 2009 as far as setting goals and having definite targets to hit goes- I just sort of went with the flow, and I guess things went pretty good. I’m looking at the major areas of my life (financial, work, health, relationships, etc) and setting solid goals, with action steps and plans to achieve them… Paying off my credit card debt, finding a renter for my rental house, and more. Setting goals for my MMA training is a bit harder. I still need to determine “what success looks like” for me in that area of my life. To start, I know I need to lose weight and improve my conditioning for sure, to even have a shot at being able to compete at any level. How do I… Read more »

Eric

In terms of your MMA training – you said it, ‘what success looks like’.

So take stock of your current fitness level, whether it be your weight, body fat, a photo of yourself, # of pushups, and figure out where you want to be.

With respect to MMA training – maybe there’s a guy who always taps you out who’s just a bit ahead of you – tapping him out would be a goal.

Or getting a blue belt, something that you can see and strive for.

Kira

Good post, dude.

My goals are …

1. Me and the dudes I train with are about to challenge the local kettlebell club to a ‘Tactical Strength Competition’ … Hopefully that’ll go down in April.

2. Have two muay thai fights in Thailand—July.

3. Enter my first powerlifting competition—Nov/December?

Should be a good year.

Best wishes, dude!

Eric

Lots of variety there – from kettlebell comps, to muay thai, then powerlifting! Keep us posted on your progress man.

Michael Sims
Michael Sims

Win my 1st amateur MMA fight @ 41! Build my personal training business into a profitable business!!!!

Eric

Awesome man – I love hearing guys get into the sport even ‘later’ in life, but if you’re fit and healthy, 41 is young!

Jordy Correia
Jordy Correia

#1
Dedicate myself to my training more with the goal of fighting an amateur mma fight by the end of the year

#2
Finish all the landscaping of my new house

#3
Spend more time with my family

Sam
Sam

My goals for 2010 are:

Improving my BJJ game.
Learning Argentinian Tango to dance with my wife (she loves it)
Brush up on my German.
keep an eye on the job market to find a better job.

Stuart Forsyth
Stuart Forsyth

Eric may I first say i hope you had a happy christams and will have a rewarding new year. I live in UK and Im 44 years old and an environmental scientist study for my masters degree and working at the same time ( AM I GETTING TOO OLD FOR STUDYING !!!!!! haha ) I started 4 months ago attending a weekly one to one class principally aimed at protecting yourself in a street confrontation. It has had remarkable outcomes on my fitness and my weight has reduced already by around 10kg and about 2 inches from my waist line. Im also now becoming very motivated and interested by the concept of one to one combat which has been pretty much alien territory and as a shy individual it is quite a challenge to put yourself in that environment. But you may wander by now what the hell im waffling… Read more »

Eric

Hey Stuart, sounds like you’re on the right track and you sound like you’re pumped to achieve your goals – keep it up!

shifu

I believe in writing done your goals aswell, and I believe that the individual is the common denomenator to profection you have to believe and it well happen.

Marco
Marco

Nice, always some good info here..keep it up

DR. RICK LENGYEL, L.Ac.
DR. RICK LENGYEL, L.Ac.

GREAT INFO ERIC: POSITIVE THINKING CAN TURN DREAMS INTO REALITY. BRUCE LEE WROTE “MY DEFINATE CHIEF AIM” TAKING ONES DREAMS TO CREATE A REALITY CAN BE ACHIEVED BY FIRST MAKING A PLAN TO SET ONES GOALS. THE IDEA FIRST BEGINS IN YOUR HEAD (MIND). YOU MUST TAKE THE IDEA, COMIT IN TO PAPER, WRITE IT DOWN, AND VISUALIZE IT COMMING TO ACTION. FROM NON-ACTION, TO ACTION…..THEN TO REALITY. IT WILL TAKE SOME WORK BUT WRITE IT DOWN TO GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD ON TO PAPER AND READ IT SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. THIS WILL HELP PROGRAM THE MIND AND WILL TO TAKE ACTION AND CREATE A NEW REALITY FOR YOURSELF. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE RIGHT PLAN. MY TOP 3 GOALS FOR 2010 ARE AS FOLLOWES: 1. LOOSE 30-40 POUNDS 2. REMOVE TOXIC PEOPLE FROM MY LIFE 3. INCREASE MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE TAO THROUGH QI GONG… Read more »

Eric

Great info Doc!

Got a Q for ya – for #1 – by when?

Aaron
Aaron

Qi gong is AWESOME! U have to keep up on it though or it won’t do u any good.

Aaron
Aaron

My main goal is to study the Bible more and get a closer relationship with God. In close 2nd comes my goal to spend more time with my wife and kids. I’ve spent alot of time training this past year and not anywhere near enough with my family. It’s been nothing but stress, so Eric, I know what you mean by “Happy wife, happy life.” That should be a married man’s Golden Rule. My 3rd goal is to get in the best shape ever with your training program, so when I do get back in the cage I dominate like I should have been doing in my last 2 fights.

Eric

Right on dude… look forward to hearing about your future domination!

Shayne
Shayne

Great, Aaron! Thanks a lot, Eric! Great goals for you too. I’m inspired even more now. Great topic. Thanks for blogging it.

chris
chris

I definatly feel that I need to improve my relationship with God as well. My new strength and conditioning coach is helping me with this goal as well as preparing me for my fight Jan 23. I have always been a believer but have, at times, strayed from that path. He has inspired me and made me realize that no matter what challenge is in front of me, weither it be a cage match, finances, ect… as long has I have God in my corner I cant loose. With that attitude, the future is bright!

mark whinfield
mark whinfield

Excellent site and advice given. I value thoughts of a fellow positive enthusiast of the martial arts.