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    4 Steps To Achieve Big Goals! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    4 Steps To Achieve Big Goals! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    Before you get to work, let's get your mind right. If you're not mentally strong you'll never be able to achieve your potential. Everything GREAT that you've achieved in life so far began with a single thought, a realization. The following framework will bring you clarity, allowing you to do the work and build the life that you were destined to create!

     

    Your Why

    Before you consider what you're capable of achieving, take a moment and consider why you should. Write a list of the people, things, and experiences in your life that mean the most. Here's one of mine:

    • I love my family and will provide for them at any cost. In order to do so, I must take care of my mind, body, and spirit at the highest level.

    If you were to achieve your highest calling, how would that impact the areas that you care most about? What kind of difference would you be able to make? 

    If your visions are based purely on some short-term desire that's disconnected from the people, things, and experiences that you care about - you will fall short. Our selfish desires change on a week-to-week basis. The vision has to be connected to something much larger than ourselves.

     

    Your Vision

    What is a goal, and what is a vision? Why do you need both?

    A goal and a vision are two different things. Imagine yourself happy and healthy with a 6-pack on the beach, enjoying life. That's a vision. Maybe not your vision... but what is your vision? Take a moment and put yourself there.

     

    Your Goals

    Now that you have a vision, what are your goals?

    A goal is not "I want a six-pack". That's a vision. A goal should be a measurable amount of work over a certain period of time that's in-line with your vision. So, good news... you want to lose weight so that you can be healthy, live a long life, and set a good example for everyone around you? Your goal should include following a diet plan and being active, daily. Here's an example:

    • I will follow the Superset city workout plan (4 week program)

    • I will drink 1 gallon of water per day (for the next 30 days)

    • I will consume 150+ grams of protein per day, and remove all processed food and sugar from my diet (for 30 days)

    Notice how each goal is an ACTION that is based on my VISION. Each day that you do the ACTION, you achieve your goal. Each day that you achieve your goal, you're closer to the vision.

    It's a huge relief when you embrace this, because it's no longer a mystery. You don't have to think about it! Determine the vision, set up the goals, and do the work. Success is just around the corner.

     

    Your Work

    Now, you're ready to do the work. The plan is in place, but NOTHING will happen if you don't commit to the work. This is where routines come into play. Figure out how to fit your goals into your day with the least amount of friction possible. This is the main reason I get up and workout first thing every morning. My family is asleep, my phone is silent, and there's no distractions. 

    With each passing day your confidence will build, and the work will become more and more enjoyable as the light of that vision becomes brighter and brighter. 

    It's time, let's get to work.


     

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    5 Tips For Better Sleep by Taeler De Haes

    5 Tips For Better Sleep by Taeler De Haes

    Struggle sleeping through the night? Or maybe, even getting to sleep is a challenge? 

    With so much emphasis on morning routines, I’ll be the first to say a bedtime routine is even more important to ensure great sleep. 

    You need around 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Any less than 6 and fat loss becomes harder, cravings increase and your brain feels foggy, leading to impulsive decisions, like running through the McDonald’s drive-thru instead of packing a wholesome breakfast.  

    Here’s how I turn my brain off and wind down for bed, starting an hour before I hit the pillow: 

    Set boundaries. Listen, I know how hard it is to see those email notifications pop up on Sunday night from your boss, but you are off the clock. Act like it. The same thing goes for families looking to spend a little more quality time together. Put your devices on the chargers an hour before bed, and don’t grab them until the morning. Tell your friends and family you’ll no longer be available ahead of time so they hold you accountable. 

    Put your phone away. The most important might be the hardest, especially if you are winding down, catching up on social media or sharing memes with your friends (we all do it). I like to set my phone on the charger an hour before bed to prevent blue light near bedtime. If you work late at night, I recommend buying blue light blockers. 

    Turn off the TV. I’m the first to admit I love watching Riverdale before going to bed, but reading or listening to a podcast will allow you to drift away from the “present” and relax. 

    Drink something warm. I find cozying up with a warm cup of tea or decaf coffee makes me feel nice and relaxed. This also helps with late night snacking. If you struggle with stress in the evening, I recommend taking Natural Calm, which is just magnesium, which helps keep cortisol levels under control. 

    Set yourself up for a calm start. My mornings start with 5:30 a.m. spin classes, bootcamps and personal training, so I don’t have time for a “routine”. I like to lay my clothes out the night before, get my supplements in order, Keurig on and ready so I can wake up, grab and go. 

    Taking the extra time to ensure a proper night’s sleep makes for a more productive tomorrow.

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