Goal Setting Vs. Adopting A System
As an entrepreneur, I have set many goals for myself, my business, my family, my finances, my love life, and so on. Before I was an entrepreneur, I set many goals for myself, my health, my love life, my finances, my family and so on. The point that I am making here is that my whole life has been managed, driven, and determined by goals I did or did not achieve. And the funniest part about it all is that once I achieved my goals, they were done. I had nothing else to look forward to besides another goal which would soon be complete or not completed for the moment.
I have personally been blessed with a tremendous amount of mentors in the last year in a half from different cloths and I have to admit that I have not taken advantage of that blessing. Have you ever received advice from someone credible that has been where you are and is now where you want to be and you still questioned them? That was me. I am saying this for two reasons: one, so you pay attention this time and two, so you know I am also paying attention this time. You are not alone. We get to do this together and share it with others.
As I read the attached article this morning by James Clear, an author, entrepreneur, photographer, and more, I realized that it highlighted a lesson I learned from somebody or some book that I read about goal setting (that I did not follow). I actually set new goals earlier this week…SCRATCH THAT. I want to highlight this article in this post, but please use the link below to read it fully.
In short, James says that goals are momentary, based on win/lose principles, happiness vampires, and not a reliable long-term. I AGREE. If you have had any experience with goals yourself, then I bet you would also agree. So I want to talk about a process that could be put in place to help you be your healthiest self. This process is what you get to focus on and revert back to when you get off track because you know it will bring progress with it.
Sample Daily Healthy Process:
- WAKE UP WITH GRATITUDE
- FEED YOUR MIND AND SOUL VIA PRAYER, JOURNALING, MEDITATION, AFFIRMATIONS, DECLARATIONS, ETC
- DRINK A CUP OF LEMON WATER OR HOT TEA
- FILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE AND GATHER YOUR LUNCH AND SNACKS FOR THE DAY
- TAKE TWO- FIVE MINUTE BREAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO BREATH AND CLEAR YOUR MIND AT THE FIRST SIGN OF OVERWHELM.
- EXERCISE IN SOME FASHION AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY – BE CREATIVE
- ALLOW YOURSELF 15-20 MINUTES TO FINISH YOUR MEAL (IF THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE, AT LEAST CHEW YOUR FOOD 25-30 TIMES)
- COMPARE NEW COMMITMENTS TO YOUR PRIORITIES BEFORE SAYING YES
- STICK TO YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING AND FOOD PREP SCHEDULE
- ADOPT A POWER DOWN HOUR AT NIGHT TO PREPARE YOUR BODY FOR SLEEP AT BEDTIME
This is just a sample of course, yet I believe these are the core habits of a healthy lifestyle. When you adopt habits that lead to your desire, you get to that place and stay there just by focusing on the small things every day.