How to: Make a plan – achieve your goals

Your next holiday is just around, you’re already counting the days. Right now is the perfect time to prepare yourself for the next surf – physically. In this post I’d like to show you, how start it so that you will reach your goals.

In fact, for me it’s almost time. In five weeks I will board a plane and head up for the sun again. This time I will focus on my take off. I already told you that it’s really slow. I have a new, smaller board and I really want to surf it, though. Although I had overcome my lack of motivation and already train regularly, but I want to focus my training and make it more targeted. And this is how I do it…

To achieve goals you first have to have some

Goals are very powerful. Because once you make it concrete something all your senses will be aimed. Be as specific as possible. Just to say, “I want to be fitter” is not enough here. How will you check it? Your goals need to be verified later. A simple example: “I want to be able to do 10 regular push ups in a row within the next four weeks.”
Next step: write it down! Only then your desire becomes something material. From the mere thought to a concrete statement of intent. It’s a little bit like making a contract with yourself. I have listed my goals on a whiteboard and placed it visible in my living room. Now I see it every time when I sit on my couch and I am reminded. A simple sheet of paper works also, of course.

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You have your goals – now you need a plan

Now that you have determined what you want to achieve, it is time for a plan.
First I set up rules which apply to the whole period. These include things like, go to work by bike or don’t drink alcohol.
In addition, I make a weekly schedule for the workouts. I always make a plan one week in advance. So I can consider my work and personal appointments and make fix appointments for my workout. (I wrote about a well balanced workout plan here)

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Take on a challenge

Maybe you’re more like a type that would rather stick to a predetermined plan. Look for a challenge. The Internet is full of it and it is available for almost everything: 30 days Yoga, 30 days Squat Challenge, 30 days Beach body… just to name a few. Quite apart from whether the promised results will be achieved or not, you have at least a workout for every day which you can stick to. Another advantage is, that you can network with other people who do it and motivate each other. But don’t forget to add the workouts in your schedule.

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Again the thing with the motivation

You have your goals, you have a plan. Now you only have to stick to it. It sounds so simple, unfortunately it isn’t in reality. What really helps me, is this simple sentence:

31 days as active as possible

And let me tell you why: it contains the following:

  • a time period that tells me: There are only – in this case – 31 days, then I can theoretically be lazy again. But these 31 days I will persevere.

  • On the other hand, it is a challenge for me: “as active as possible”. That forces me to reflect and ask myself, is it really everything you gave? Am I as active as possible or can I do more?

This works at least for me. You know better than me what works for you. And when you still need a motivation read this post again.

Push hard!

So, I have my plan! I am highly motivated and of course I will keep you updated. And I will also let you know if I will actually manage to surf a wave with my new board. If you have any questions, just write me!

When do you usually start with the sporty preparations for your surf trip? And what are you doing actually? How do you motivate yourself?

stay stoked and hang loose

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Wavehuntress Kicks Ass: Some Motivation For You

That does it! Since I am back from my holidays I feel like a square peg in a round hole. The grey cold weather annoys me, I feel weak and tired and I can’t get my head out of my ass. Shortly before I flew back it was different. I had huge plans. I wanted to go swimming regularly, work out, cook for myself, free myself from old stuff.

Nothing happened until now. I have a lack of motivation, I am powerless and feel like doing nothing. And yes, it’s so easy to stay on the couch and persuade oneself, today I feel so weak, maybe I can workout tomorrow.

But enough is enough!

It’s not about finding out who you are, it’s about creating who you are.

You don’t have to find out who you are and why you behave like you do. That’s easy: The only reason why is, because you allow it.
I am lazy, because I allow it,
I am unmotivated, because I allow it and
I am powerless, because I allow it.

But there’s an end of it – NOW! No more lazy, no more unmotivated. None of that, that keeps you away from being that person, you want to be. You can create yourself and be however you want. So get rid of all those negative conditions and all the negative stuff. Keep it out of your head and out of your thoughts. You are the boss!

Ask yourself honestly: who do you want to be? And what are you willing to do to become that person?

You have to invest to gain success. Unfortunately things won’t happen out of nothing. Think about how you want to be and then act accordingly. Sounds pretty easy. First of all you have to stop lying to yourself. Because that is exactly what you do, when you conjure up excuses.
Too cold?
Too early?
No time?
Too tired?
You can continue the list endlessly. But are your excuses more important than your dreams?

Excuses will hinder you in fulfilling your dreams and reach your goals. Excuses are lies! If you stop lying to yourself, you will realize quickly how things, you always wanted to do or to achieve will easily happen! Go ahead and start now!

Someday doesn’t exist. It never has and never will. There is no someday, there’s only today

Start NOW – not tomorrow, not next Monday, not next month. NOW!!!
You don’t want to spent three days of soreness the next surf trip? Start now with your training.
You want more paddle power? Then move your pretty ass into the pool and do strengthening exercises for your upper body.
You want a stable stand on the board? Balance Board – now.
You want to eat healthier? Go to the kitchen and throw away all the unhealthy junk you stored.
You need money for your next trip? Look for saving potential in your spending. Pick-a-time job if possible and necessary.

Principle understood? Good! Start now – what are you waiting for?

Real superman don’t leap over buildings in a single bound. They take small, determined steps consistently over time.

The good news: You do not have to do all at once. However, you will not succeed if you do just a little bit now and then. You have to stay tuned and brace yourself up again and again. But you know what? It’s not so difficult, because with every workout you’ll become stronger and better and that will give you the power for the next one.

If you need a virtual kick in the ass from time to time, follow me on twitter. Under hashtag #wavehuntresskicksass I’ll give you regularly motivation.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Read the sentence again carefully. Do you feel the power in it? Believe in your failure and you will fail. Believe in your success and you will succeed. It’s all up to you. You can do anything when you just believe in yourself.

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And that is exactly what you do now! You create yourself new and you are going to be the person you want to be. You forget about the bad excuses and you invest all your energy in your goals. Start now and stick to it. And the most important: Believe in yourself, your abilities and your success.
stay stoked and hang loose