Just a small town girl….ok not that journey, but a real every day journey we take on a daily basis. When we decide to start working out, fixing nutrition, or even start a new business, it’s all about getting from A to B to C. It’s not getting to B that is important its how you got there that shapes us all permanently.
It’s about that critical first step that I want to focus on.
We often get so excited about what we are going to do when we get to B, and about how many great ideas we have about getting from B to C, that we forget to take the time to efficiently set up the journey to B.
The key to success and failure is not the 100 great ideas you have in your pocket once you get there, it’s in figuring out how the heck to get to B from A.
No matter what you are doing those first couple of steps are infinitely more important than any of the subsequent ones. The right set up will make all the further steps much easier.
Set yourself up for success. If you don’t know exactly what you want, how will you ever know when you get there?
- Start with a goal, set it, understand it, think on it, and clearly define what it is that you want. IE – “I want to be in shape” VERSUS “I want to get down to 9% body fat, Deadlift 400lbs, run 400m in 75s, look, feel and sleep better than ever before by march 15 of 2011..etc.”
If being in shape is what you want, decide what that means to you, decide what you want to get out of it, set some smaller goals along the way.
- Next find a way to measure progress. Again if you are not seeking and measuring constant progress, even the most dedicated people can get discouraged.
- Here’s the important part, once you have a very clear idea of what it is you want to do, put together a plan with both short term and long term aspects that can be measured.
When we are sick we go see a doctor, when our teeth hurt we go see a dentist. The point is when we are starting something new and are not sure what we are doing, get some help. It may not be for long, but whatever time, energy, and money you spend setting yourself up for success from A to B, will pay back 10 fold, when you get to B and can easily move on to C, D, E…..
If you are unsure how to set things up find a professional to help you on your way. Find a good Strength coach to work along with you to set up your program, teach you, and measure your progress. Find a business coach who has had success to help you, drawn upon all their knowledge, experience, and past mistakes so you are off to a running start.
We can all use a little help. It’s hard to ask for, but easy to find if we look for it. This kind of help will stay with you forever onward. You may even get the opportunity to pay it forward and use what you have learned to help someone else struggling to find that answer to A.
This is one lesson I am still learning, and wish I had learned a long time ago.