One of my core beliefs is that we are all eternally optimistic. We all want the best for ourselves and others and we truly believe that this is an outcome we can achieve.
So all of us start off the year unbelievably hopeful that “This year will be the best one yet!!!”
For the first few weeks is easy to stick with our goals or our blueprints of how to achieve “best year ever.” And then sometime around the end of January most of us look around and realize “Holy crap, I’m already off course.”
Why does this happen?
There are probably many reasons, but I think the main one is that we refuse to turn INSPIRATION into THE HARD WORK. It’s easy to see someone who has lost a bunch of weight and think “I can do that too!” It’s a heck of a lot harder to actually put in the MONTHS being intentional with your daily actions to actual be successful.
In short, we love hearing these stories of success but struggle in telling our own.
- First step is inspiration.
- Then you must set an intention for yourself.
- Create a success map. (How are you going to be successful)
- And finally you must follow through….consistency + time= success.
In the last week three of my favorite podcasts have put out FREE material to support steps 1-3.
I’m going to share them with you today. If you are really pushing towards a successful 2017, I highly recommend listening to these throughout the next week (total of about 4 hours) and taking action in apply these lessons to your own life.
PODCAST 1: INSPIRATION
RICH ROLL PODCAST #266: DAVID GOGGINS IS THE TOUGHEST ATHLETE ON EARTH
While Rich Roll is consistently putting out ultra-inspiring, human-bettering conversations (like the Iron Cowboy) this episode with David Goggins is the RRP at it’s absolute best.
David Goggins is an ex-marine who began a quest to complete all of the world’s toughest endurance challenges. Starting at 266 pounds he completed Badwater 135 (135 miles through Death Valley in August), Ultraman (5 day Ironman), set the world record for most pull-ups in 24 hours, amongst many more.
He’s also the type of no nonsense, put in the hard work, push through your perceived pain, and get shit done person who is highly in-line with the Like a Bigfoot mentality.
Check this out first to get completely inspired to push yourself past your self-imposed limits.
PODCAST 2: SET AN INTENTION
DREAM. THINK. DO 107: HOW TO SET GOALS THAT WILL STICK
A huge problem with chasing goals is actually setting them. Figuring out your core beliefs to set your main goal, and then discovering “fuel” for your goal and the actions you must take to accomplish it.
When thinking about a new year, most of us don’t take time away from our distracted days to actually think through this self-analysis.
Ultra-positive and wonderfully high energy Mitch Matthews walks you through a clear-cut and easy graphic organizer (teaching nerd talk) that will help you form a clear goal and formulate what you need to accomplish on the path towards completing the goal.
I would check this out second, make sure you text in to get the graphic organizer, and create your 2017 intentions. (I’m a visual learner so the idea of the “tree” really helped me!)
PODCAST 3: CREATE A SUCCESS MAP
GOOD LIFE PROJECT: TO SUCCEED AT ANYTHING, DO THIS
I mean…it’s right in the title.
Whatever you want to achieve, there are certain steps you must take and beliefs you must trust.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban always says “TRUST THE PROCESS”.
In this podcast, host Jonathan Fields essentially just gives you the process.
These are the things you need in order to be successful at anything in life (including New Year Goals)
This is the hard part. Listening to podcasts is easy. Evaluating “why you were put on earth” and figuring out what you want to accomplish with your precious time is more difficult. Actually doing it…that’s the hard part.
I don’t have much advice here beyond this….get ready for some hard work. Don’t be scared of it, intimidated by it, and don’t have unrealistic expectations that “this will be easy.” It’s going to be hard. You’re not going to see success instantly. Remember our main formula:
Consistency + Time = Success
Be intentional with your daily actions and those little things you are doing in honor of your goal WILL add up.
Best of luck to you! You can do this. Find a community to support you (like the Like a Bigfoot community) and CONSISTENTLY PUT IN INTENTIONAL HARD WORK.