End of Month Recap

A new month is here. What are your upcoming goals? Have you set a plan? Many people are content wondering aimlessly into the next month with no real plans for improvements. But if you want to set yourself apart, you can’t afford that luxury. You have to create a plan. One that will produce the results you desire. If you stick to a sound plan and do the work, you will start moving the needle toward success.

The greatest achievement is to outperform yourself. –Dennis Waitley

So where do you begin? You have to know what is working for you and what is not. Take a moment and recap the work you did in the last month. Did you have a plan and stick to it? Are you in a better position at the beginning of this month compared to the beginning of last month? Companies often use a SWOT analysis when planning projects. Why not use it on an individual level? Try a SWOT analysis to get an accurate picture of your end of month recap. Identify the following:

• Strengths. These are the things you are good at and really should keep doing.

• Weaknesses. Identify these and plan to overcome them. Marcus Aurelius said it well, “Practice what seems impossible. The left hand (no offense to southpaws) is useless at almost everything, for lack of practice. But it guides the reins better than the right. From practice.” The only way to get better is to practice. If your weaknesses can be conquered, they can become the difference between you and the competition.

• Opportunities. Take a look around. What opportunities are out there that can be utilized for success? There are resources available to you. You just have to find them and then make the most out of them.

• Threats. You also need to identify your own personal threats. A cell phone can be a great resource if used properly. It could also be a threat. If something is keeping you from your goals, you have to cut it free. Decide what is more important: your goals or the things holding you back.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once your personal SWOT analysis is complete, you should have the foundations for a good plan in the upcoming month. Experiment with what works and what doesn’t. The goal is progress, steady continuous progress from one month to the next.  You do it by making your today better than yesterday, this week better than the last. Keep moving the needle forward. You just may surprise yourself when next year you are a completely different person.

The great benefit of this tool is that it can be used in more than one aspect of your life. Don’t limit it only to fitness or nutrition. Utilize it to be the complete person you want to be: body, soul, and spirit.

Willing to Prepare?

Do you know anyone that doesn’t want to be successful? I can’t think of anyone. Everyone, with the exception of a very few, wants to do well. They all want to succeed, but unfortunately not everyone will. There will be those that want it but never achieve it. The desire will keep them moving forward. It will keep their hopes alive. But desire is like motivation, it is not reliable. It will help, but it needs more. It needs action.

Action gets you moving on the road to success, but it takes more effort than desire. The action has to be controlled. It has to be directed. You can have the desire to run a marathon. You can go out and run with the hopes of achieving your desire. But if the running isn’t backed up with a plan, your chances of success are diminished.

You need to take your goals and create a plan. Figure out how you can achieve that which you desire. Doing so will harness that action and point it in the right direction. Sometimes you will need to make a plan that extends over months or even years. As long as you stick to it, and it’s doable, the length of time it takes is up to you. But regardless of length, you need to break it down into weekly and daily segments. What are you going to do each day? What are you going to do before you go to sleep at night? You need to be prepared. You need to set yourself up for success. If that means writing down your workout and setting your clothes out the night before, then do it. If you want your goal bad enough, you will do what it takes.

I had a conversation with two ladies today that have been slacking in their fitness routine. These two are partners in their quest to get in shape. They gave so many reasons for why they were not working out. Fellow Delta 180 founder, Kia, was with me and she quoted her grandmother:

Excuses are just lies. –Grandma Estelle

What are the lies you are telling yourself? If you lie enough, you may have to downgrade your goal to a pipe-dream. Stop telling yourself lies and do the work. Have a plan each day, every day, and achieve the mission. You have all the resources you need to be successful. But if you lie to yourself, you will fail.