When asking you about your goals above, we mentioned behaviours.
Now is the time for you to refine your strategy and figure out what it's going to take to achieve your goals.
- What do you need to do daily? How many meals? How many steps? How many hours of sleep? How many visualisation sessions?
- What do you need to do weekly? How many workouts? How many days off to rest and recover? How many hours of planning and preparing?
- What do you need to do monthly? How many check-ins with buddies or team members? How many progress assessments?
It's important to distinguish between what you need to do daily, weekly, and monthly.
Why? We humans are champions at procrastinating and overestimating our ability to achieve something in a short amount of time.
You only have to consider the typical high-school essay-writing experience to see what I mean. Last Minute Dot Com, am I right?
DEADLINES (such as this 8 weeks) are important because they provide a sense of scope and urgency to our goals.
However, we still have this problem of overestimating our ability to achieve something in a short amount of time.
This is where a goal SCHEDULE comes into play.
Instead of giving yourself a deadline to accomplish a particular goal by, you should choose a goal that is important to you and then set a schedule to work towards it consistently.
Top performers very rarely focus on what their end performance is going to be like. Instead, they focus on continual and consistent practice of the things that will get them the best results possible (whatever those results are).
Successful people practice things that are important to them on a consistent basis.
- The best writers are at their keyboard at the same time every day.
- The best weight lifters are in the gym the same number of days every week.
- The best sales reps make the same number of minimum phone calls or emails every month.
To them, it's not about how much they are lifting or writing or selling. It's about doing what they need to do regularly and consistently.
That's why they are successful. It's not about being "all or nothing" but rather "always something".
They have no days off. Sure, they might have scheduled rest days, but those are all part of the plan that they stick to.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
Get clear on what your starting strategy is. If it's simply "eat clean and train dirty" then you are going to be disappointed by your performance in 8 weeks time.
This strategy is not set in stone. You are allowed to change your mind. In fact, in 2 weeks time you have a check-in where we ask you how things have been going and if there is anything that you need to change. But, fur now, if you want to be able to stick to a plan then you need to actually have a plan that you can stick to.
Use the space below to describe how you are going to approach the next 8 weeks from a daily, weekly, and monthly perspective. There are no wrong answers as long as it's meaningful to you and will provide you with clear guidance.