We live in such an amazing world right now. With all the advancements in technology and the ability to connect with people all over the world, we have so much information right at our fingertips!

However, this also means we often have TOO much information at our fingertips.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with the advice that is all over the internet.

And this overwhelming feeling can paralyze you. Instead of taking action, you become consumed with learning as much as you can OR you give up and think, “What’s the point; I’ll never figure it out.”

In either situation, inaction prevails.

So, instead of allowing one of the above scenarios to play out, let’s take a moment to think about WHY you want to make changes and started seeking out advice/information in the first place.

If you are going to make changes, doesn’t it make sense to understand the ‘why’ first?

If you can determine the why, everything else follows. You can’t take action when you don’t even know what you’re working towards.

Makes sense, right?

“Begin With the End in Mind.”

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (a must-read), Stephen Covey discusses this as the second habit. Just as a building follows the blueprint, so does the physical manifestation follow the intention from the mind.

Set your intentions and create your blueprint, and the results will follow. Not because results magically appear, but because you defined what those look like.

By defining what results look like to you, you are taking the guesswork out of it.

Results are much easier to identify when you know what you are looking for.

Once you begin reflecting on your why, you can start setting goals. Maybe you just want to maximize your health. Or maybe you want to finally be able to do your first pull-up. The plan for either of those goals are going to look very different.

Now you can see why goal-setting is key!

If you don’t have any goals, what are you even doing when you go the gym?

Hopping on a treadmill and then mindlessly jumping from machine to machine? Relying on motivation to magically bring you to the gym? Then eventually you begin to feel like you are running in a hamster wheel, going nowhere fast. You see no ‘results’, so you end up feeling disappointed and frustrated. And you give up. Sound familiar?

This is so common! I have been guilty of this as well. But how can we ever expect results if we haven’t defined what they even are to begin with?

Now that you understand the importance of discovering your why and setting goals, time to take action.

Tips to Get Started

1. Grab a pen and paper and jot down 3 general things you want to accomplish.

Examples: Improve my health, gain energy, feel stronger, etc.

2. Think of HOW you can accomplish the things you listed above.


Examples: make it to the gym 3 times per week, deadlift 1.5 x BW, walk 30 minutes each day, etc.

3. Make sure your goals include a time frame and have a specific objective.

These are important details to define your results and help manage your expectations about what may be realistic.

Keep in mind that goals are important, but they are not the end all, be all. Achieving them or not achieving them does not determine your self-worth. They can be adjusted or modified at any time, and oftentimes they will need to be. Life is dynamic. Circumstances can change in an instant, and luckily so can we. Keep this in mind as you start taking action to dominate whatever goal you decide is in your best interest!

Decide what results you want to target –> Set goals –> Create a plan –> Relentlessly and purposefully pursue your plan and crush those goals!

{Or find a competent professional to help you with any of those steps.}

But please do NOT expect to see results from effortlessly and mindlessly performing random exercises.

Set your intentions first; the rest will follow.