How to GUARANTEE your GOALS
BY Mark Fournier
“It’s not the ‘Goals & Commitments’ you make that matter… it’s the ones you KEEP.”
When it comes to achieving your goals, CONSISTANCY is EVERYTHING. This is true because:
1) Consistency not only keeps you moving forward (regardless of how slowly); you’ve all heard the story of the Tortoise & the Hair, and the cumulative power of compound interest… the same principle applies in every area of your life from ‘reading 10 pages per day which (totals 12-15 books per year), to doing 10 sit-ups per day EVERY day for a year, Vs doing 100 sit-ups 'only once'.
2) Consistency also creates habits, and habits create results! The more you consistently repeat something, the more likely it is to become an automatic habit, and it is ‘habits’ that run our life… not 'goals, good intentions, or willpower’. For more on 'Habits', please visit our THRIVE 5 STORE and review my book 'Self-HELP Me! Change your Habits; Change your Life'. (Click Here: STORE )
A perfect example of this principle comes with exercise…
Let’s say your goal is to do 100 crunchers (sit-ups) or various ‘core’ exercises every day before you even get out of bed. You attempt to do this but soon find yourself dreading the activity, not having time, and skipping workouts, and before you know it, it has been a month since you did a single sit-up.
Sound familiar? So let’s try something different; let’s say you start with 100, but the moment you find yourself skipping a workout, you drop the amount in half to only 50. 50 is faster and easier so you manage to keep it up a while longer, but before you know it, you’re skipping workouts again. Only this time, instead of skipping workouts, you drop the amount in half once more… to only 25 reps, and you keep doing this until you find a number that is so fast and easy you will do NO MATTER WHAT.
Let’s say the number of reps you settle on is ‘5’. Can you do 5 sit-ups per day NO MATTER WHAT? Of course you can. So what happens next? Before you know it, you’ve done your 5 sit-ups every day for a month straight and it is starting to become a natural part of your regimen (like brushing your teeth). And just as with ‘brushing your teeth’ you stop thinking of it as an ‘optional’ activity; its now just something you always to NO MATTER WHAT.
And eventually, you start feeling silly doing only 5 sit-ups… you know it isn’t really getting the results you want (it’s kind of like brushing only 1 tooth), and let’s face it… its TOO easy. So what do you do? You double it to 10. The difference between doing 10 per day NOW, Vs when you tried it the first time, is that now its becoming a habit to do your sit ups, so its remarkably easy. And before you know it, ‘10’ sit-ups start feeling silly as well, so you increase the amount again, and you keep increasing the amount every time it becomes too easy. And all the while, you’re not only getting stronger (making more reps all the easier), you’re also building the habit of doing so, a habit, that simply takes over.
And to KEEP the habit going, (even on 'really bad days', such as when you have a cold, or you're super late for a meeting) you simply cut back on the number of reps that day ... so if you're up to 100 reps per day but simply can't do them... you do only 50, or 25, or 10... even 10 feeds the habit.
I created this process for myself… and guess what… I’m currently up to 350 various core reps per day. Guess what else… because I’m also into interval training, I do these reps in rapid fire to get my heart rate up to maximum. And because of the frenetic pace, I’m able to complete them in… 3.5 minutes (100 reps per minutes)! And once my body adjusts to this regimen, I’ll increase the amount again, and I’ll keep doing so until I can do 500 reps in 5 minutes. That’s my 'goal'.
What’s really great about it is… I’ve already seen such huge results, that it doesn’t really matter if I reach that goal, because the underlying goals is to continually become a healthier, more fit version of me… and THAT, I am already doing.
If I had started out with the goal of doing 500 core reps in 5 minutes, I would have quit before I ever started; it would have seemed absolutely impossible. But doing 5 reps in 5 minutes (or less) … well, even I could do that… and so can YOU!
Mark Fournier is the founder of the Center for Empowerment, and creator of 'THRIVE 5'.