Sunday, July 5, 2009
There’s an old adage in sports that says, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” What this adage is all about is reminding us that we need to set goals and attempt to reach them if we want to see success. No goals will more likely mean any successes. Now, some might argue that having goals could mean no success… and that’s true, too. But here’s the difference:
An archer can fire randomly into a field and his arrows will hit wherever they
land… completely ineffective. Another archer can fire at a bull’s eye. They may
not hit the bulls eye each time, but at least they try and they will hit the bulls eye
some of the time.
What does that mean for your health? Consider this comparison between
someone named Jim and someone named Mary:
Jim wants to get healthy but doesn’t
bother to set goals for himself. Each
day he goes about his daily routine and
as he lies down in bed at night he
realizes that he forgot to do anything
about his health today.
Mary wants to get healthy but she
decides to set goals. She commits to
eating 5-6 balanced healthy meals a
day. Sometimes she does, sometimes
The result? Jim’s lack of goals means
that he has no direction.
The result? Mary may not always hit
her goal all the time, but at least she
hits her goals from time to time.
Visualize Clearly and Often - Design your new body in your mind first. You
cannot achieve your idea of the perfect body if you don't have an idea of what the
perfect body means to you. Take 10 minutes when you are sure not to be
disturbed by people or phone calls, get comfortable, fully relax, and then begin to
dream about what you will look like when you have achieved your goal. Be
specific, what will your calves look like, your legs, your butt, your lower back,
your stomach, your chest, your upper back, your shoulders, your neck and your
face. Then review this image as often throughout each day as possible (never
less than 3x/day).