The mere fact that I’m sitting here writing this for you is a testament to the unbelievable life-changing power of goal-setting. I spent most of my years as a young adult viewing myself as defective. I felt that something was fundamentally wrong with me as a person. Maybe I was the reason my father-deserted my mother and I… maybe I was the reason she died. Maybe… I was just defective.
No… I wasn’t, but I believed I was and that belief set the course for my life. I needed big medicine to change me and ultimately… my life. And… I-found it… in goal setting. Naturally, I set goals that were meant to make me more confident, courageous and compassionate. Goals that would-allow me to honor and respect myself… for that is one of the keys to life and without it you would not be charitable or have the ability to look at the
world and see beyond yourself.
So many are using goal-setting to achieve tangible goals and that’s great, but the early purpose for me using goal-setting was simply to get a life.
So, early on, I set numerous intangible goals… I needed to learn how to value and trust myself… to make good, good decisions that would enhance-my self-esteem. In addition, I wanted to prove to myself that I was okay… that I wasn’t defective… that I was good… in fact, that I could be great.
All of that… and more… is within the power of goal setting. When you achieve the major skill of goal-setting, you truly have the ability to rebound-from any of life’s challenges and the confidence needed to pursue your true possibilities.
You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again… success is goal-setting… and all the rest is just conversation. Following an effective-goal setting process will allow you to feel the power of that statement. And… like me, you’ll soon come to the conclusion that becoming an-obsessive goal-setter gives you the ability to control the direction of change in your life.
When you set goals, you’re saying “Thank you!” for all the good things that are working in your life… it’s positive self-esteem in action. When you-discover what you truly value in life and then learn how to match your goals with your values, you will, in effect, truly have your hands on the steering-wheel of your life.
As a life-long martial artist, I’ve been influenced by many principled, honorable and committed individuals. Even in this impressive group, Blair Singer-stands out. His energy is contagious… his vision is limitless and I am honored to be involved with someone as committed to goal setting as I am.
We-invite you to learn what you truly want and become convinced that you too can live the life that you’ve imagined using the powerful process of-goal setting.
Join us in taking a huge step out of the shadowy world of just hoping things get better and into the wonderful world of living life with a purpose-when you start to set goals for yourself. Access our Champion Level Goal Setting Program here.
Mack Newton, 8th Degree Black Belt GTF
Director and Master Instructor, Newton Fitness and Taekwon-Do, Phoenix, Arizona
In working with my fitness trainer and mentor Mack Newton, I made a huge distinction about pushing and risking. You have to take risks. Why? Because by not taking a risk, you actually risk not finding that extra gear, that next level of who you can be. The result of that non-risk taking is accepting a level of performance that you choose to maintain. Yet the world is not static. By trying to maintain, you actually move backward. There is no neutral in life.
Working with Mack, I know I have more gears to go to…. he helps me find a way to get to them… physically, mentally and emotionally. We all have more to give, but the risk of pain, or the possibility of failure, stands in the way. Yet the biggest risk is taking none. You have to find a way to get to your next gear to be all you can be. Are you willing to take the risk?
As one of my associates, “The more risk I take, the more confidence I have! It forces me to trust myself!” Wow!!!!
Since joining Mack Newton’s fitness program, I have had the opportunity to continue my growth with my mentor, and personal development coach, Mack Newton. Mack is a Master in his own right in many areas, including building and leading championship teams, goal setting, using Little Voice Mastery tools and, of course, physical fitness.
There are many, many lessons I could share with you, but today, I want to focus on one technique that has really made a huge difference for me as I continue to challenge myself to be stronger physically and mentally, every day.
If you are like me, you may be consciously choosing to take on daunting goals that will require you to stand in the heat and endure moments of mental and physical stress and discomfort – knowing that when you come through on the other side, you will be a stronger, healthier more competent person than before the challenge. It takes discipline to force yourself to step out of your comfort zone and trust in the process of growing by constantly playing a bigger game.
To help you with the process, I am going to share a technique that Mack shared with me and I have found particularly helpful in many areas of my life. This technique is breaking time or activities into very small pieces when doing something extremely challenging.
As Mack says, “I can do anything for a minute. Not for a day and definitely not for a month. But, I can do anything for a minute.” So, when I am pushing through a workout that has me shaking with what seems like an exhausted energy supply and no strength left, I tell myself, “One more, just one more.” One more push up. One more sprint. One more minute of holding this position. Managing the unit of time or effort into something small enough that I know I can achieve allows me to keep myself 100% present. This way, I can complete the process that will give me the improvements I am seeking for myself.
So, when you find yourself in an extremely demanding situation, consider trying to navigate your way through it by dealing with it in small, manageable pieces that allow you to stay present and give it your all. By doing this you will experience more wins and have the ability to take on greater things than you thought possible.