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Men Made For More Podcast Episode 112: Goal Setting To The Now

Dec 29, 2020

This is Part 3 of our Goal Setting Mini Series - click below to listen to the other episodes:

Part 1 - Supercharge Your Goals

Part 2 -Big Goals Require a Big Why

Have you ever set a big goal only to become paralyzed and overwhelmed about what you actually need to do to achieve it? At Men Made For More Coaching, we help our coaching clients break down their big and ambitious goals into a clear and effective action plan to actually achieve their dreams. Listen up to today’s show to learn how to break your big goals into manageable and bite sized chunks to turn your dreams into reality.

If you need help with getting clear on your goals and your purpose, your WHY, and taking action, follow the link below to download our Free PDF - The 5 Steps You Need to Achieve Your Big Goals. 

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Men Made For More Ep 112: Goal Setting To The Now

[00:00:00] Dave: Welcome to the Men Made For More podcast, a show designed by men for men looking to get strong, feel confident and live a high performing life. And we face many challenges as we try and strive for better life. Want to live a meaningful and confident life, but don't know where to start. You've lost your physical and mental edge.

[00:00:18] That's keeping you from living out your full potential. You're tired of talking about doing big things and you're ready to start living it, but the Men Made For More podcast. Our goal is to teach you how to strengthen your body, your mind, and your purpose. On your way to reaching your full potential.

[00:00:34] It's time to start living as a man. You know, you can be to help lift up those that matter most in your life. In this podcast, we'll leave no stone unturned as to what it takes to get out of your comfort zone and step into living a strong, competent, and high-performing life. We'll focus on the topics that matter most for helping you develop into the man you were made to be.

[00:00:52] And our goal is to not only build strong men physically, but to help coach and develop strong friends, sons, brothers, fathers, isn't [00:01:00] owners, and professionals in every area of your life. I'm your host, Dr. Dave Paczkowski, proud husband, business owner, physical therapist and strength coach with a passion for helping other men strengthen their body, their mind, and their purpose, wherever you're at in your journey from member that you're made for more.

[00:01:16] I'm excited to have you here with us today and let's dive into today's episode of the Men Made For More podcast. What's up guys. Welcome to today's solo episode of the Men Made For More podcast. We're talking about breaking down your big goals, your big dreams into manageable in bite size chunks today through a process that we call goal setting to the now, have you ever set a big goal only to become paralyzed and overwhelmed by what you need to actually do to achieve it?

[00:01:47] At Men Made For More coaching, we help our coaching clients all the time, break down their big ambitious goals, those big dreams into a clear and effective action plan to actually achieve their dreams. So listen up today to [00:02:00] learn how to break down these big goals into manageable action steps that you can use to turn your dreams into reality.

[00:02:08] Now, why is this so important guys? I love surrounding myself with big thinkers, big dreamers. Those guys get me fired up. And I always encourage people to do the same, to demand more, to raise their standard and to live life true, their dreams. However, big thinking and dreaming is only empty talk. If you don't follow through with purposeful action men out there that are operating on a different level that are achieving their dreams and making a huge impact in the lives of those around them are doers.

[00:02:40] Many people can dream big, but they get so overwhelmed and paralyzed with details. When it comes to actually taking action towards their dreams. How many of you have been there? I've definitely been there. You set this big goal. You something's on your heart. You get so excited about it, but you write the goal down, you look at it and you just get wide-eyed you [00:03:00] freezing your tracks.

[00:03:01] Cause you're like, how am I going to even start? How am I going to make this happen? It doesn't have to be this way. We're going to talk today, how to break these goals down, how to get this action plan in place that will help you get from that, that far place, that place where you have no idea how you're going to get there to forming a plan, that can help you take the steps necessary to do that, to avoid this common trap that we fall into of setting a big goal, and then getting paralyzed and not actually following through on it.

[00:03:29] We're going to be talking about a process of breaking your big goals down into clear action steps, called goal setting to the now. And we'll get into the strategies here in just a couple of minutes, but first I want to start with a quick example of the importance of breaking down your big goals. Before we get into those strategies that you can implement.

[00:03:47] Now, one of our coaching clients, Mike, he's looking to bulk up to 225 pounds. And he wants to keep his strength, keep adding strength across his major lifts. I know for some [00:04:00] people, I know I say this and they're like, must be tough trying to gain weight for the people that are trying to lose weight. Uh, but for the ones that have a hard time putting on muscle and keeping muscle on this can be a tough thing to do.

[00:04:12] He was currently at a 205 when, uh, when first making this goal and had a timeframe to do it over the course of six months. Now we'd already been working together, had his strength program in place, in dialed in, but we had to make some more tweaks to a nutrition breakdown, nutrition, timing, and set appropriate what are called micro goals to help make sure he was progressing appropriately based on his goal. So 20 pounds over the course of six months, we want to make sure we're doing this appropriately. We want to make sure that we're staying on track. So based on this goal, we were able to break that six month goal down into a three-month goal.

[00:04:49] One month ago, two weeks goal, a one week goal. Hmm. We're going to talk very specifically about how to do this for you guys, but when you look at a goal of six months or longer, so we look at this goal of, [00:05:00] okay, I need to find a way to put on 20 pounds over the next six months and wanting to do it appropriately.

[00:05:05] There's there's good and bad ways to, to put on weight. We're trying to do it the right way. But when you look at one of these goals of six months or longer, when you look at a goal that you set it, maybe it's a year out, three years out. It can quickly become overwhelming, not knowing what you need to be doing today right now to make that goal a reality.

[00:05:25] Now, the three and one month goals we set were more outcome-based. So you need to, we need to be weighing this amount by this date and moving this much weight in the gym. Those are more outcome-based goals. Now, the shorter term ones, we're starting to build habits in place, starting to lay down the foundation to make that goal a reality.

[00:05:44] So the two in one week goals were more process-based. Adjusting macro breakdown, tracking calories, eating schedule, meal timing, and so on. So what this allows us to do by breaking down this, this big goal and, you know, six months away and doing something that you've never done before is [00:06:00] a big goal. It's a stretch stretch for someone like Mike.

[00:06:03] But what this allows us to do is both, it does a couple things for us. It allows us to break down a big goal into smaller bite-sized chunks that make it seem a lot more achievable. But this also helps to make sure that progress is happening at the appropriate rate. If we don't break it down, then we have no idea three months from now, if he's on track or not, if three months come around and we try and see how things are going, and we're just, we're just looking at that, that final outcome, that six month goal, then we don't know if he's gaining weight too fast, which would be a problem.

[00:06:34] We don't know if he's not gaining weight fast enough, fast enough, which means we need to adjust something else in the plan. And this allows us to get super specific on where you need to be at those different steps. So it gives, it gives the outcome around with it. It lays down those habits to help you do this, how weight gain and weight loss are easy examples to see, but you can apply this anywhere.

[00:06:54] You have, have goals or dreams. It can be buying a house. It can be any other financial goals paying off [00:07:00] debt, starting a business, taking a vacation, losing weight or anything else. The keys are set up. These sprints, these micro races within the big race within the marathon guys. This is what helps keep you on track.

[00:07:14] If you, if you set out to run a marathon, which I have not done, it's not a, my immediate goal list. But if you do that, you can, you can break down this, this long race. It's 26.2 mile race that you've never done before you can break it down into. Okay, well, I'm one mile in now. I've run five miles before. Let me just get to five miles and then a five miles.

[00:07:35] You, you break down that next, the next little sprint for you. Okay. And I'm going to get to the half marathon. Mark. I've run a half marathon before and you keep breaking down that you find these landmarks, you find these checkpoints. It's the same thing with trying to climb a mountain. You can't see the tap, but you can pick these little checkpoints out along the way.

[00:07:52] Okay. This day, we're going to make it to this checkpoint. That's the same thing we're doing with this process. All right now that you guys can buy [00:08:00] into the importance of the need to break down your big goals and these bite-sized chunks. What are some things to keep in mind? Let's talk three strategies.

[00:08:08] You're going to want to get dialed in to get the most out of setting and achieving these big goals and these dreams. So the first is the actual implementation of our goal setting to the now process. It's going to apply to any goal in any timeframe. So let's use a common, one of a one-year goal, especially coming up on 2021, where some of us are ready for 2020 to be over.

[00:08:31] It's easy to set these one-year goals, these, these, uh, you know, things that we want to accomplish over the next year. So let's say your one-year goal is to run that first marathon, the first thing you want to do. So in this process, the first thing you're going to do is start by brainstorming all the things you could do to achieve this.

[00:08:48] It could be things like buy new running shoes, hire a coach, find a running program, started a strength program, follow a daily stretching routine to stay healthy, stay healthy, so on. And so on [00:09:00] all these things just to brainstorm anything you can be doing, and then you're gonna find your should do list. So these are, you're going to highlight the two to three key action items on that list that will give you the highest likelihood.

[00:09:10] Of achieving your goal is you're going to come up with a lot of ideas. A lot of them might be good. Some of them might be just throw them out, but you want to find those two to three key ones, highlight those circle them, find those two to three key things that are going to give you the highest likelihood of achieving your goal.

[00:09:26] This is important to help you dial in your focus and where you need to be investing your time, energy and finances, because a lot of things are gonna distract you. There's going to be a lot of things that as you go through this process that are going to come up, that you could be doing, but we want to focus on the should do the needle movers, the things that are actually going to drive you forward towards that goal.

[00:09:45] And what you'll notice that each step of this, when we break these goals down, it's one thing you're going to accomplish at each step of this. We're not saying 90 days from now, you're going to need to do these 90 things. We're saying what's one thing you need to do in the next 90 days. And [00:10:00] that's where this prioritization becomes so big, so important because you need to identify those things that are most important to moving you closer to your goals.

[00:10:09] So with these priorities identified, now you can start breaking the goal down. So based on my one-year goal of running a marathon, what do I need to do in the next six months to achieve my one-year goal? Six months from now, what do I need to be doing? Is that running a half marathon? Is that running 10 miles without stopping?

[00:10:26] Is that running a certain amount of miles per week? It's going to be individual based on you, but that's what you want to identify six months from now. what's going to tell me that I'm on track for running that marathon. Once you've identified that six month goal. What I need to do in the next three months now here's the, here's the thing, as we move our way down, what don't you do in the next three months to achieve my six month goal?

[00:10:47] So we're pretty much just cutting these goals in half breaking each one of them down. So you're not saying what I need to do in the next three months to achieve running a marathon. You're saying, okay, I've identified that if I can run 10 miles without [00:11:00] stopping, I'm going to be on pace to run my marathon in the next six months.

[00:11:04] Okay, what do I need to do in the next three months then to get to the point where six months from now, I can run 10 miles without stopping. And that's how this process is going to work as we break it down. So from three months to what do I need to do then in the next one month to achieve that three month goal, what I need to do one week from now?

[00:11:21] Why don't you do today? What I need you to do right now? That's how that's how specific we can get. That's how much we can break down this big goal into a very actionable strategy that can help take you guys to that place, where you want to be. So now that you have your action plan in place, this big overwhelming goal of running a marathon now becomes a step-by-step game plan of mini goals and checkpoints throughout the process.

[00:11:43] So it may be a year from now that you running a marathon, but you know, six months from now, you're running 10 miles without stopping, you know, one, you know, one month from now, you're doing your first 5k. You're going to run a marathon in a year, but you don't need to run the marathon this week. Maybe this week, [00:12:00] maybe all you need to do today is reach out to five people, you know, that have run a marathon, ask them for some advice.

[00:12:06] And then your one-week goal might be to find a running program that fits the timeframe. You're after a couch to 5k program. And repeating these little steps over and over day in day out, creates incredible progress over time. If you lay this process out and you follow it, you'll find that these big goals become less overwhelming, less daunting.

[00:12:25] Now that's the first step and the most important that's kind of our main event is that goal setting. And the now process, a couple of other things to mention though, to other strategies, the second one being you want to adjust the dial based on how far in the future your goal is. So this isn't going to look the same as process.

[00:12:39] Isn't going to look quite the same if your goal is 10 years out versus one month out. So some guidelines on how I would break it down and starting that long end to right now would be the following would be to break it down from a 10 year goal to five years, three years, one year, six months, three months, one month, one week today, all [00:13:00] the way to right now.

[00:13:01] So find wherever you're at on that timeline and start breaking it down. From far away to current to right now. Now the closer your goal is, the more you're going to have to break it down. If it's one month away, you should be breaking it down every week, possibly even every single day. That's how specific you got to get.

[00:13:19] If you're chasing a one month sprint type goal. Now, if it's 10 years away, you don't have to be that exact, but you will have to update it more regularly to make sure you're on track. That's 10 years away. You don't need to be going, uh, every single week leading up to that because so many things are gonna change.

[00:13:33] Life's going to change. You're going to find your hitting checkpoint sooner. Somethings are taking longer, but that's why you're not going to get as specific upfront, but you do have to make sure you're reviewing that more regularly, which brings us into our third and final strategy here. You need to regularly review and repeat this process as needed.

[00:13:50] So when you add your checkpoints, when you check in, there's only three places, you're gonna find yourself. As you work through this and it's going to be there right on schedule. And if that's you keep at it, you're on the right track. [00:14:00] Just make those little micro adjustments to tweak and optimize. You may find yourself even ahead of schedule.

[00:14:05] I love the people that are, you know, ahead of schedule. Maybe you underestimated what you're capable of. Maybe you can push that timeframe forward a little bit, actually achieve that goal sooner. Maybe you can set a bigger goal instead of a marathon. Maybe you want to do a 50 K that's a good place to be.

[00:14:20] Push yourself in those cases. And you might honestly, don't where a lot of people find themselves. Or a lot of people seek, my help out, seek, coaches out is when they're behind schedule. If this is the case, start back from step one, go through this again. You're not going to get this right in the first try.

[00:14:35] You're going to still have trouble with it. You're going to still have a fine tuning that needs to happen. But if you go through this again and you're still having trouble, maybe you need to get some outside, help find a coach, a trainer, an accountability partner, someone who can help accelerate your timeline for you.

[00:14:50] So guys, those are the three strategies that I want to talk about today. That goal setting in the now process is the big thing that we want to focus on though. So, like I mentioned the last one, our, uh, our [00:15:00] last goal setting video, I want to start implementing some take action takeaways for you guys. Some things that you can implement, you can take with and run with in today's challenge for you guys to not just be consuming, not just be listening, but actually take it and apply it.

[00:15:12] Pick your biggest and most exciting goal that you have right now. If you don't have one set one and then follow this goal setting to the now process, break that down into bite sized chunks. Individual action steps that you can take and apply. Cause guys, we don't want to just be listening. We want to be action takers.

[00:15:28] We want to be doers, especially come 2021. There's big potential ahead to make sure you're taking action. You're not just listening, but you're applying now. If you guys miss the, uh, the first couple videos of this three-part mini series and goal setting process, make sure to go check those out.

[00:15:43] Those, uh, revolve around emotion and find your why and are really important for staying on track. When the going gets tough. But imagine with all those guys, imagine being able to stay focused, excited, and actually achieve your biggest goals that God placed on your heart. This is not just available for the most successful people out there.

[00:15:58] This isn't available for the rich, [00:16:00] the famous anyone can make the decision to follow their dreams and their passions with the right mindset and the right process for getting you there. Guys, if you need a little extra help, I've got a download for you guys in the show notes, it's a free download for you.

[00:16:12] It's the five steps to achieving your big goals. There's a full workbook that goes along with this, that mentions a few of the strategies we've talked about in this mini series, as well as some other things, guys, I've got a full video. I'm going to talk you through in that, along with the workbook, how to break down your goals, how to break these big goals down into actionable steps.

[00:16:30] To make sure you go check that out. It's a free download for you guys. Follow along that workbook and make 20, 21 your best year yet guys. I appreciate all of you. I appreciate all the people listening in from the bottom of my heart. 2020 has been amazing grateful for so many things yet also so excited for, for what's to come here in 2021.

[00:16:49] So as always guys reach out, if you need anything, if you want to see anything on the show, you guys have any questions. We'll be happy to connect with you guys. But appreciate all you guys have an awesome end to 2020, make it [00:17:00] great. And let's, uh, let's make 2021 our best year yet. All right guys, enjoy. And we'll talk to you soon.

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