A goal without a plan is just “a wish without a hope!” Once we choose what it is that we want (Blackbelt and beyond) for example, all we have to do is just get started. Leaders, goal setters and champions always look at the big picture first, and then decide that they are willing to do what they have to do to get what they want.
When you know where it is you want to get to you will need a map to get you there. An acronym for M.A.P. is a “massive action plan” Your plan must include the goal of course, but it also should include what you have to do to get it as well as things you need to do (like train 2-3 times a week) that can be broken down to 1% improvements everyday towards your goal. You cannot fail to reach your goal unless you quit. (We all know that winners never quit and quitters never win). Of course the more focused you are the quicker you will reach your objective (s). As you train towards your goal (s) it is important to use “observation over judgment” of yourself. When doing so you realize that there are peaks and valleys towards your goal and you must pace yourself as you enjoy the journey. Fully commit to your goal, write it down, look at it often and set a time to get it done. Do it now.
As martial artists we must break our training down to four (4) 10 -12 week cycles throughout a training year. This puts a time limit on reaching our goal (s). You will be amazed at what you can achieve in this short time.
Make 2010 your year. Break your large goal (s) into daily habits; choose action over procrastination and being an “eager student” of life and our academy.
Fill in the goal cards below. Keep one for yourself and give the other one to your instructors. Put your major goal for 2010 (example reach my green belt or Blackbelt or 4th degree) whatever it is for you. When I say I want to lose 20 pounds this year it seems like a lot but when I tell myself that it’s less than 2 lbs a month or a ½ of a pound a week, I know I can do that. When you look at your goal card daily it reminds you to just do 1% a day and you will be successful. If your goals are “out of sight then they are out of mind!”
Master Dan Zaleski