For the past 2 weeks, we have been discussing reflecting on the past so that we can set goals for our future. These are the first two steps for planning a successful 2020. They are the easy part though!
After you have set those goals, how do you ensure that you will accomplish them? First, get comfortable talking about the goals that you have set. Share your goals with people who care about you. Ask them for help in holding you accountable for reaching those goals. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell anyone who will listen!
Since you guys are listening... Here are a couple of my goals for 2020!
1) Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day, for 90 days
2) Exercise at least 5 days per week for 90 days
3) Read 30 books in 2020
4) Journal daily for 90 days, focused on Gratitude and Daily Lessons learned.
Phew, it feels good to put those out into the world... Now comes the hardest part of this whole process. You have to find a "trigger." A trigger is something that you can do to put yourself in the best position to succeed. For example, if you want to give up sodas for the entire year, what can you do to ensure that you avoid it? Avoid buying soda in the store. Would that help? What about if you avoided eating fast food altogether? It seems like every meal that you get includes a soda, so just avoid eating those meals.
After careful consideration, I looked for something that I could do to trigger success in all of those areas. All of those goals are very diverse and do not seem to be connected at all. There is one thing that will have a positive influence on all of them. My trigger for all 4 of those goals is to go to bed at 10:00 PM every night.
If I go to bed that early I will have time to read in bed before I go to sleep. More importantly, I will be able to wake up about 30 minutes earlier to allow me to do my meditation and journaling (and maybe even get a quick training session in) before I go to work. All of those areas of my life can be improved by simply moving my bedtime a little earlier in the night... Seems pretty simple right?
What are your goals for 2020?
What is the most impactful trigger that will help you reach that goal?
I'd love to hear your responses!
Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam