- What do you want?
- What does it take to get it?
- When do you want to achieve it (goals have to have a timeline)?
- What are you willing to give up?
You heard me right…what are you willing going to give up? What bad habit, crap in your office, clutter at home, food in your cabinet, or unproductive thing in your schedule are you going to either get rid of or stop doing? Because before you can start doing something good, something right, something that is going to get you what you want, you need to typically start by giving something up. Not only will it clear room for what you need to do to CRUSH IT, but usually the thing you need to give up is in conflict with your goal.
For example – you want to lose weight, but the cabinets are filled with cookies, Cheetos, crackers and other garbage. You need to get rid of that junk and fill the cabinet with healthy food so you can begin to achieve your desired weight.
You want to get organized and under control with your home life or at work, but when you walk in your house or office it looks like a bomb just went off. Grab a roll of garbage bags and if you don’t absolutely need it either throw it away, sell it on Craigslist, or donate it.
You want to finally start saving some money for the future, but you can’t seem to save a dime because you have NO extra money. But somehow you can find the money to hit Starbucks once or twice a day. Start with brewing your own cup of coffee instead. It will save you $25-$50 a week or $1,250-$2,500 a year depending on how frequently you go. Oh, and don’t forget the taxes you pay on each cup of coffee. So if you combine the cost of the coffee and taxes on each cup that may be as much as $2,000-$5,000 a year you could invest in your 401K or IRA instead…tax free! Invest $5,000 a year into your retirement account and if it earns an 8% return, that’s over $600,000 in 30 years.
You want to get to the gym to get fit and healthy so you feel good, but you spending all of your free time watching TV or playing around on your computer. Stop it and hit the gym instead!
Enough said. To get more of what you want, give it up…get rid of it….stop doing it. Then as Nike says…JUST DO IT!!!!!