Guest post from John Galloup
At times we find ourselves enduring the daily grind.. existing. Sometimes it feels like thats all we are doing. Eat, restroom, sleep and maybe mash a 12 hour work day in there as well. What’s the point right? Go to school and work in a corporate office for 40 years with 40 plus hour weeks and retire at the end hoping we have enough money to outlive us. Getting paid just enough not to quit, and working just hard enough not to get fired right? When did we think that’s a proper way to go through life? Who told us it’s okay to be mediocre or to just get by? Don’t you want to be great? Greatness lives in all of us. Maybe I’m the first one to tell you that, but it’s true. So why don’t your goals match or exceed your potential? Do you want to know the answer? You were programmed that way. Society doesn’t want everyone to be great, the “man” wants worker bees beneath him who could never dream of even attempting to take his position. I know that sounds like a cliché thing to say, but take time to listen and you will find truth in these words. Does this phrase sound familiar… “Don’t set your goals too high now little Jimmy, you don’t want to be disappointed.” That’s the worst advice someone could ever give you, and sadly that phrase is used all too often. Think bigger faster. Dare to dream.
Why do we need big goals? Purpose. Give yourself a sense of importance. If you don’t have big goals, then you have nothing to drive you forward. You will have no sense of urgency to buckle down and accomplish something. If you have mediocre goals, you will have mediocre results. Even if you accomplish a sub par goal, you won’t be excited over it because it is sub par. Let me give you a couple of examples. Let’s say you write down your yearly goals and one of them is you want to make $20,000 as your annual income. How hard do you think you are going to work on a daily basis to achieve that? Probably less than optimal right? I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t wake up and get excited about that. I couldn’t get so amped up that I would spend extra time to achieve that goal and be focused on it. But what if you said, “I want to make a million dollars by the end of this year.” Now we are getting somewhere. That’s something that would shoot me up out of bed in the morning. I think we could all get pumped up about that! I bet you’d have a sense of purpose, and I bet you would work your butt off for the chance at a million dollars. Then your friends ask you, “but aren’t you going to be disappointed if you don’t make it?” Let me ask you this. How disappointed would you be if you still made $150,000? Or even $90,000? I’d bet you’d still be ecstatic, because it is still better than achieving a $20,000 goal. What about making a goal to hit that 315 back squat you want so bad by the end of next year. That’s a whole 30lb pr for ya! Are you gonna get psyched for that? Maybe. Maybe you’ll be in the gym 3 or 4 times this week and not eat the right foods, but you’ll probably still make it. I mean who cares right? What about setting your sights higher? What about a 405 back squat by the end of the year? Or maybe even higher than that? I bet you can’t wait til you get your butt in that rack under a barbell and start repping out some squats! Now you’re a man/woman on a mission! “Get outa my rack! I got work to do!” as you come in foaming at the mouth all jacked up on creatine and pre work out and probably way too many other things. But you get my point right? Now you are going to take things seriously. Now you are going to eat right, do the accessory work after class, and get your proper sleep. Now you’re gonna be in the gym 5-6 days plus out of the week. Cause you have goals to achieve. Greatness is on the horizon and you can see it. So, I will repeat myself. Why do we need big goals? We need purpose. We need to get excited.
How do we dream big? This is how you should set your goals. First thing is you need to write down some large, long term goals. Depending on what your goals are, you could set monthly, 6 month, 1 year, 3 year, and 5 year goals. That’s a pretty good rule of thumb. You should, also, write down short term goals: daily and weekly. Yes, I literally mean you should write down your daily goal every day. You can either do it before bed for the next day, or when you first wake up. This will keep you accountable, excited, and committed on a daily basis. When you write down your goals make sure they are in the past tense, as if you already accomplished them. For example, if your yearly goal is to have a 405 back squat you should write “I have a 405 back squat.” Yes, you should repeat and say out loud the goals you write down at least twice daily. Bring what’s in your thoughts and dreams into manifestation. You must feel the words as if it was truth when you say it as well. That is what is most important. Otherwise you will know you are consciously lying to yourself. Believe in yourself, and believe in your goals.
What should be our goals? That is up to you. Cheesy as it may sound, follow your heart. That’s the best answer I can give. In fact, the answer has been in you, except it has been suppressed deep into the fog of what was once your dreams. Your environment was the first to suppress your goals, dreams, and apparitions. After you believed the nay sayers, you suppressed them yourself in order to fit into the mold that society has made for you. Break the mold, clear the fog, and dream BIG.