My Goals for March 198

setting personal goals for march

I’m always working on my goals, that’s a fact.

I probably fail more times than I succeed. But that’s proof that I’m trying again and again.

So now I’ve decided to give this accountability thing a try. I’ll write down and publish on the blog a few things I want to focus on in the next 3 weeks.

The month has already started, but I’m not a fan of waiting for Mondays, the  beginning of the month, or else. As usually later becomes never.

The sooner one starts working on his habits, the sooner he will fail, and thus get closer to doing it the right way (as he finds out what doesn’t work).

The point is not to get discouraged during the journey.

Three weeks is not that much, compared to all the previous months. Actually, it’s the perfect amount of time to see how far you can get in your personal development.

The good news is that, if I fail, I’ll try again. But this time I might just get it right!
Throughout the years I’ve learnt to deal with failure, which is a great achievement itself.

And now that I look at where I am, the place is much better than what it used to be. So I’m quietly moving forward. Experimenting, finding out new systems that work best for me and implementing them in my daily schedule.
And the thing I’m most grateful for is that I haven’t given up even after so many mistakes and areas with no progress.

So here are a few things I’d love to have achieved by the end of March.

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times a week.

I’m currently going 3-4 on average, sometimes 2, as it’s a habit I’ve been working on for years.
But I still have these dark moments every now and then when I feel a bit depressed, eat a lot of junk food and don’t get much done. And I stay away from the gym, too.

The goal now is to go there 4 times a week no matter what.

I know I can do it, and always feel so much better and proud of myself after a workout, but the point is to fight my demons and show up even when it’s raining, or when I don’t feel like going anywhere.

It’s quite a realistic goal, but still requires a bit more dedication and effort than I’m currently investing in that. So it’s a great way to challenge myself a bit (considering there are other things I’ll want to do in the next few goals).

  1. Have my morning routine at least 4 times a week.

Once I get up early, it’s easy for me to do a quick workout, meditate for a few minutes and do other positive and healthy activities. I get stuff done and my days are much better than the ones on which I get up later than planned.

So the goal here is to make myself get up really early. And then do what I usually do , and be able to call the day productive.

  1. Write for at least an hour 5 times a week.

If my day goes as planned (starting early with a successful morning routine and a positive mindset), I quickly sit down and start writing. Then I write for 60-90 minutes at least. That’s 2-3 posts, or enough pages if I’m working on a book so that I can feel good about the work I’ve done.

It must be in the first part of the day, preferably right after my morning routine.

What takes willpower, though, is to make myself sit down and write that first paragraph.

I think all writers and bloggers know what I’m talking about.

  1. No bread, rice, potatoes.

Now that’s what I call a challenge.

It’s something I try all the time, but food is my greatest weakness.

There’s nothing I’ve tried to give up more times (I mean junk food, gluten, sweets, etc.)

I finally managed to do that with bread a few years ago, as I could eat great amounts of it without hesitation. So now it’s not that tempting, although I still eat it sometimes.

Sweets aren’t really my passion (and thank God for that!), but there’s still stuff like rice and potatoes.

My body needs them to some extent, yes. But I’ve tried to exclude them from my menu and felt so much better without them.

I believe that most carbs and foods with gluten are actually unnecessary for the body.

Anyways, I’m doing it more for the “get fit” part of all that.

I’ll try not to eat rice and potatoes and stuff like that until the end of the month.

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That’s it for now.

There are habits I’ve just developed like blogging regularly (4-6 times a week), that I want to stay consistent in.

But my focus is on getting these 4 a go for the next 3 weeks. They’re all attainable and I believe that seeing the progress I’ll made once I do all that, will be my motivation to keep doing it and be in top shape for the summer.

So let’s see how that will go.

I’ll share my results (good or bad) on March 30.

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
Les Brown

What are some of your goals? What are you working on now?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.