How To Set Goals

My No B.S. Goal Setting Tactics That Will Get You In The Body Of Your Dreams

Warning: This post is only for action takers. If you don’t want to take MASSIVE strides towards your goals today SKIP THIS POST

Most people do goal setting wrong, wronger than a Vodka Martini – Technically a vodkatini, bleh. If you’re serious about hitting your goals here’s the fastest way to set them, remember them, and make them a reality.

Tactic #1 – Your Perfect Average Day

Don’t skip this step, it’s probably the most important. I got this idea from Internet marketing guru Frank Kern. Get out a piece of paper or a blank word document, turn off your phone, close your e-mail and do this right now.

Ask yourself this: If there were no limitations or consequences what would your perfect average day look like?

Let me define some of these terms for you.

Limitations: money etc.

Consequences: going to jail, getting spanked (hey maybe that’s your thing) etc.

Perfect average day: you could do this every single day forever and not get sick of it.

Look like: Don’t think about stuff, think about life experiences.

Ok so now that you’re clear with the terms I want you to start writing as specifically as you can. From what time you wake up, what you have for breakfast, to what you see in the mirror. Here’s a list of questions to get you started:

When would you wake up?
What do you do when you wake up in the morning?
Where would you live?
What would you think about in the morning?
What would you say in the morning?
What would you have for breakfast?
What does the mundane stuff look like (showers, etc)?
What would you eat during the rest of the day?
Who would you eat with?
What would your friends be like?
What do you talk about?
What would you do for personal fulfillment?
What life purpose would you strive towards?
What would your business be?
When would you start work?
What would you actually do at work?
What are your clients like?
What are your love relationships like?
What do you do for family time?
What does your family love about you?
What do you talk about?
Why do you love them?
How would you treat your family?
What would you do at night?
Who would you do it with?
Where would you wind down?
What are your thoughts as you go to sleep?
Take a few minutes and start writing. Every other step is useless without this.

Tactic #2 – Visualizing

Now that you know what your perfect average day looks like take 5 minutes right as you wake up each morning and before bed each night to picture what your life is going to look like.

Don’t just see the pictures in your head, try and actually FEEL what it will feel like when you’re living the life of your dreams

Tactic #3 – Flash Cards

After you’ve set up your long term life goal you’ll need small attainable steps to help you get there. Get a stack of 3X5 cards and start writing down the things you’re going to achive 1, 3, 6 months to a year from now with a specific date you’ll have it completed by:

Step 1

Run a marathon by May 14th

Achieve 8% body fat by June 3rd

etc.

Step 2

Then right down all the obstacles that will get in your way:

Achieve 8% body fat by June 3rd

Obstacles:

Cookie dough/sugar

Tiredness/Laziness before workouts

etc

Step 3

Then write down how you’re going to overcome each obstacle:

Cookie dough/sugar – don’t have any nasty foods in the house

Tiredness/Laziness before workouts – Find a workout partner or trainer to keep my accountable

Step 4

The last step is to assign pleasure and pain to each goal. As humans those are our 2 primary motivating factors, the pleasure is how good reaching the goal will feel, the pain is more of a punishment – Choose something you HATE to do and assign that as the pain.

Achieve 8% Body fat by June 3rd

Pleasure:

feeling like the sexiest person on the beach

Pain:

Do all the house chores for the family, or no coffee for 20 days, or no new clothes for a month, or you must sign up for a marathon. Choose something that will make you cringe.

Step 5

The last step is to read these goals and visualize them every day. Feel the pleasure of seeing yourself in the body of your dreams and remind yourself of the pain you’ve associated with not achieving that goal.

Tactic #4 – Take Action Before You’re *Ready*

Now that you have a clear picture of where you’re going you must start taking action on it. Do something every day that brings you closer to your short term goals and in turn your long term goals.

Don’t wait until you have all your ducks in a row to get started or else you’ll be 80 asking yourself what happened. Don’t wait for the kids to get out of high school, don’t wait for school to be over, start taking action right f*!&@ng NOW.

Be impulsive, be confident and start living out your perfect average day TODAY. If you wait until tomorrow pretty soon tomorrow will turn into never, and you’re never going to be the person you truly want to be.

Can’t you see that this is WAY more important than fitness? This is the rest of your life we’re talking about. Step out and grab it by the balls.

-Kian

P.S. E-mail me if you want to see copies of my personal goals; perfect average life, flash cards and all.