One of the most common mistakes people make with setting goals is never doing the math.
Goals may be as close to magic as you can get, but they’re still not magic. If you set goals and expect them to somehow materialize by the end of the year, chances are they won’t.
At the same time, if you set major goals and you never do the math to determine what it’s going to take to get there—you may end up taking random, unfocused action. Which is better than no action, but we’d still rather be making measurable progress towards our goals!
Let’s say you set an income goal. Rather than just setting that goal and forgetting it, actually do the math to figure out how you’re going to get there! How much would you need to earn monthly? Weekly? How much do you currently earn? How can you begin to increase your cash flow?
Same thing goes with fitness. Let’s say your goal is to bench 225 by the end of the year. Then maybe you can set a target to bench 205 by September. Which means you want to aim for 185 by June. Which means you want to hit two bench sessions a week, working your way closer to those targets.
That’s the difference between having a gameplan and just having a wish. Don’t let your goals simply be wishes! Have a gameplan and go for it!
Note: Do this with your most important goals. If you have a goal to read 1 book a week, don’t overthink it. Just read every morning. If you start budgeting how many pages per day, how fast you need to read each page, etc…you’re wasting your time. Focus on the highest priority goals.
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