Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Goal is More than Irish Spring

I stood in the shower this morning, as I do every weekday morning, peering at my body. As I get older there are some things that I notice about my body that have taken place over a period of time that I wasn't paying attention to. The largest of those small, seemingly unnoticeable changes is the small belly that I acquired right below my rib cage.

As I stood in the shower looking down at my fattening, hairy body, my vision auto-focused on the bar of soap, the one thing that I used to clean myself each morning.  I begin to come to reality that I'm not as disciplined as I'd like to be, allowing myself to gain weight from lack of exercise and an inability to change past habits.

This naked shower experience, which is much different from clothed shower experiences, came to work with me this morning where I thought about it most of the day.

My company had a quarterly meeting this afternoon for two hours. It was pretty awesome. The first hour they brought in a speaker of a successful pizza business to talk about the culture that he had in his business that allowed him to be one of the top ten pizza business in America. The second hour my CEO talked to us where the company stood financially, telling us all the numbers. The last thirty minutes were spent making individual, personal goals that each employee wanted to obtain, writting them on a board along with a fear as to why we weren't accomplishing the goal on the other side and having a board breaking ceremony. All 85 people in the company did this.

One of my goals is to lose fat and gain muscle. I'd ideally like to weigh around 150-160 lbs and be physically fit and a lot stronger. This is definitely a doable goal but the question I have been thinking about is what do I have to do to obtain this goal. What goes do you have? Most people I come in contact with have zero goals. There might be several reasons why, but my question is when are we together going to stop making excuses for the goals we want to achieve and start achieving them?

My company's CEO is great at personal development and having people hold you accountable. Who do you have holding you accountable for the person you're becoming? When you come up with certain goals that you have you need to tell people about them so you can start towards a path of actually achieving them.

The goal that I wrote on the board was to pay off 20% of my credit card debt ($1500) in 60 days. This is a huge goal for me and it's going to take a lot of sacrifices to be able to achieve it. I'm done with worrying about the reasons I've got into this problem and starting to focus on how I can get out of it. Shifting the focus from why did this happen to how can I get out is a huge step.

You should take time now to write down some goals. Make them big and make them the ones you've always wanted to accomplish. Then tell people you love and that love you what they are. Then write down smaller goals that will help you get to the big goal. And then accomplish them.

My best friend Ryan writes down his goals on a card at the beginning of every year and checks them off as he does them. He usually accomplished 80% of the goals. The other 20 get added to next year if they are still something he wants to do and taken off if they are not.

I want to own a multi-million dollar company some day. In order to do this I need to pay off my debt. Hints the goal. I have a purpose to my goal so I want to accomplish that.

I look at the bar of soap and think. This isn't going to wash the fat off me. I'm going to have to do a little work for that.  But we're not interested in work. We want things to be handed to us. We think we're owed something. You aren't owed anything. You very life is a gift. You actually deserve death. love. war.

Things to think about:
-NCAA tournament
-Sports not mattering
-Not swearing
-Obama has a big spending problem

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