I found the light. It was under my ass the whole time.


For those who read my last post, I got backtracked a week and started falling behind. I didn’t like how it felt. I especially didn’t like how it made me feel. So I needed a reboot. And I am proud to follow up with this post and say as of today 1) I got my next interview for the podcast done after equipment issues, sound issues, and scheduling conflicts I Got. It. Done. 2) As you can see reading this, as promised, this fourth post has got me all caught up back to a normal weekly posting schedule. In the words of LL Cool J

‘DONT CALL IT A COME BACK’

Taking Intiative isn’t about Goal Setting.

….okay well it is. But it’s more than that. It’s about follow through. What are you doing each day to get closer to your goals? And before I continue lets take a much needed 21st Century Intervention- YOU ARE COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE. STOP IT! Ex-Nay on the Compare yourself-nay other peop- ahh fuck the Latin. We’re too caught up in what other people are doing. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, we’re watching the highlight reel of everyone’s lives. It’s not reality. Even if it was, we don’t know the shit they gotta go through behind the scenes to get to that point in their lives. So don’t bother.

Focus on being the best version of yourself as you can be. Picture the successful end goal version of yourself. How does he/she behave? What behaviors do you have that others gravitate towards? Harness your energy on becoming this person rather than trolling for six hours on the internet on why someone else “got lucky” succeeding.

Ok. Soap Box has been put away. Back to goals. I come from a strength coach background so I like to compare it to mapping out a plan for athletes. When interning at UCLA and Pepperdine we had the MACRO, MESO, and MICRO cycles. MACRO cycles was the year out plan. To simplify, based on their in-season time, we took an overview as to where they needed to be based on the time allotted each season. Within that macrocycle we then look at the mesocycle. Each month based on the bigger goal we looked at how we needed to program their workouts to maximize their strength gains. Finally the micro cycle (the most important) we looked at how that breaks down day to day to equal the bigger picture. In my opinion this was the biggest part. Injuries would happen, changes in traveling schedule, life just gets in the way. You have to be able to make changes if neccsary.

It’s my belief that we overestimate what we can do in a month and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. Just look at my current situation. It’s really easy for me to justify letting the one week behind be deemed as failure. To be honest, I almost did that. Why? Cause its easy right? Much easier to chalk up a loss and go back to the ‘norm’ than push out of my comfort zone. I could look at the entire month as a failure from what I planned yet it wasn’t. But if I keep grinding, and focusing getting back on track by the end of the year this month will be but a minor blip in an otherwise very progressive year.

In times of struggle, we need to stop, take a step back and look at the macro cycle and assess whether what’s going on this week (micro) is actually hindering our overall progress. It probably isn’t. So long as you continue to move forward. Always find the lesson to be learned from the setback and use it going forward. You’ll save yourself some time in the long run so it actually is time well spent.

Actionable Steps:

Right now, map out your daily goals. There are always small steps that need to be done to get to your overall goal (Monday – Schedule next four interviews). Hell, make it even easier. Make it the SMALLEST step possible. “Monday – call one person to schedule podcast interview”. It sounds minimal, but after a month (30 super small steps) you’d be surprised at how much you got done. Now multiple that by 12 months. Damn son. Reality Check?