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The truth about achieving your goals is easier than you think.
You want to lose weight? You want to start BJJ? You want to start a business? What is the dream goal you want to reach? Some of the biggest challenges that someone needs to face when they start any new project or task are the challenges of procrastination, over analysis and laziness that is inherent in all of us. This three-headed monster stunts the growth of millions of people every day.
No matter what it is we have begun to set our minds on, the brain will tell us, there's always tomorrow or next week or next month. There is inherent in us a feeling that we must find the perfect time to start a task or journey. As if somehow you have to ready to get started. Is this our brain trying to protect us from the potential pain and suffering that trying to reach our goals might cause for us?
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This sense of procrastination often manifests itself in the classic, "I'm going to get in shape before I start BJJ" excuse. No matter how well you present BJJ, some people are convinced that they somehow have to train to run the Boston Marathon before they ever step on the mats and start their journey.
Joining forces with procrastination where we simply put off the start date of our project for some mythical "Monday" or month yet to come, is the challenge of over-analysis. Over-analysis might be more insidious than procrastination because it truly feels like I'm doing something when I scour the internet looking for the perfect diet or the perfect workout routine. I'm doing something am I not? I'm spending valuable time doing research to find the workout or diet that fits me perfectly. Maybe. But at the end of the day, an imperfect plan that is started is far better than the perfect plan that is never begun.
How many different diets or approaches to eating have you been on? How many different workout programs have you tried? At the end of the day, the best approach to eating is the one that you can stick with that gives you energy and allows you to perform at your best without gaining excess weight. Whether it's keto, Atkins, high protein, low protein, zero carb, whatever. The same goes for your workout. When you find an activity that works your body aerobically and anaerobically and is enjoyable, then that's the one you should stick with. Ahem...cough...BJJ. Just saying.
Finally, there is just plain laziness. There's a belief that eventually something will happen and I will become motivated to work towards my goal or start a task. But at the end of the day, motivation doesn't just come. Understanding the role of discipline and the need to begin taking steps to reach your goals is key to any type of success or goal completion.
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Jocko Willink, former Navy Seal and BJJ black belt is fond of saying that "Discipline equals freedom." For him there is no waiting around to become motivated. The journey to your goal starts right here and it starts now. There is no fancy formula or inspiring meme that is going to do it for you. It must be done. Check out this video excerpted from the Jocko Podcast where he talks about how to break habits of procrastination and laziness.
So don't waste anymore time. Figure out what your goal is or what your goals are. If you want to write a book, you need to sit down to your computer, typewriter, notebook or whatever and just go. Start today.
The same goes with eating cleaner. I guarantee if someone held up a lean piece of chicken and a Big Mac, everyone reading this would be able to pick the one that is "cleaner". The bottom line is we know what good choices are. We just don't make them. Or we don't make them consistently enough to get results. Want to fix that? Start today. Now. Whether you are reading this on a Monday or a Friday or the middle of the month or whenever. Just go.
Want to train BJJ? Give yourself about 30 minutes of research time and find some schools in your area. Call them. Set up trial classes. Go talk to the instructors. Pick one. And go.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The journey to a new you begins today. Just go. And don't look back.
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