Begin With the End in Mind

Begin With the End in Mind

Tya Waterman |

If you know where you aspire to be, create a plan on how you’ll get there. There are many schools of thought on the in-between, but most people will tell you that starting is step one. So way to go! Next, having a plan is the key to staying on course.

As leaders in the fitness industry, we not only have a long list of goals we hope to achieve, we have 6 month, one year, and even five year plans. In other words, we spend our days focusing on becoming better, looking for ways around perceived roadblocks and surround ourselves with equally motivated people who will jump in and boost our will when needed.

If you have, ‘Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill or “The 4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss, on your nightstand, it’s time to crack the spine and think of how you are going to get from your January self to your most amazing, fit and strong self.

If you want our advice, we believe in visualization, or beginning with the end in mind. Break your goals for 2017 into small, bite-sized bits. Start with running one mile if you hope to complete a half marathon this June. Go out and get yourself some dumbbells if you want to start weight training, or as we said in this post, tell the world where you want to be.

How to Use a Vision Board to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Vision boards are an excellent tool to remind you of what you’ve decided you want more of in your life, so post a photo on your wall or fridge of the shape you want to be in by summer, or by the end of this year. Buy yourself a t-shirt that reminds you of your awesome. Get a tattoo that says, “Go git ‘em tiger!” 

You don’t need to be an artist to create a rockin’ vision board! Simply cut out, collect, draw, write or glue photos, quotes, articles or anything inspiring onto a poster board. The key is that only images that evoke a deep feeling (joy, pride, desire, strength) should make the cut.

If power-lifting is something you aim to take up and seeing a photo of someone in the squat position about to lift heavy makes you feel strong, powerful and inspired, then, cut it out and put it on your board. If you want to be a runner, post a pic of killer kicks or a finish line. Think of how you want to eat (food), where you want to go (travel), and what you’d like to acquire (beautiful things). Think about changes your habits or treating yourself to a wicked pair of headphones. Maybe commit to working out three to five times per week from now until June and reward yourself when you have achieved your goal.

Be you. Be smart. Be realistic. And be sure to have a plan. Thoughts are incredibly powerful, so why not harness your thinking to help you create a road map to where you want to be and make it happen.

In the words of motivational speaker Robert Collier, “Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”