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100DC Day 78: Write It Down

100 Day Challenge: Write It DownBruce Lee wrote a letter to himself on January 9, 1070. He marked the letter “secret.”

By 1980 I will be the best known oriental movie star in the United State and will have secured ten million dollars.

In return, I will give the very best acting I could possibly give every time.

I will live in peace and harmony.

Only three and a half years later he was dead — but had already reached his goals.

There is something very powerful about written goals. They show a commitment beyond just a wish or hope. They also require the mental work of verbalizing exactly what it is we want to achieve.

The most profound part of this lesson was Gary Ryan Blair’s distinction between “product goals” and “process goals.” The product is the end result, what you want to complete or accomplish. The process is how to get there.

For most of us, the attraction of the end goal is not enough to move us forward. Sure, we can all paste photos of fit people with six-pack abs on our refrigerators, but we’ll walk right by to get the chocolate cake waiting inside.

So how do we get there? We do it by creating a process that we love as much as the end product!

I’ve been working out steadily since I was 14-years-old, trying to solve my lifelong weight problem. At times I’ve been more successful than others, but it’s never been without great struggle. The most difficult part has been motivating myself to work out. I hate working out.

I enjoy softball and ballroom dance, but the former requires a team and the latter a partner and a dance studio — neither of which are very conducive to a daily workout regimen.

Last July, Monica asked for Just Dance 3 for her birthday. I didn’t think much about it, I’m not really into video games. The program came and soon Monica invited me to join for a song or two. I was hooked and practically took over the Wii. You see, I was a musical theater major (before shifting gears to get a business degree) and jazz and pop were part of my life for a long time. It’s not something I spend much time doing anymore, but it sure is fun.

Guess what was at the top of my Christmas wish list? You got it. Just Dance 4. It’s much easier to get myself off of my office chair and down to the workout room. Because I love it.

The keyword there isn’t “love,” it’s “I.” The process that motivates us is very individual. What turns me on won’t be the same for you. They key is finding the process that gets you excited and makes it easier to make progress toward the life you dream of.

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  • mothermayi March 19, 2013, 8:52 am

    This post is pretty profound to me. I know about writing down goals, everyone says that, but in thinking about this I realize that I have a hard time figuring out what my goals (and by that I mean MY goals) really are.

    That’s something to think about.

  • LisaLisa March 20, 2013, 10:22 am

    Personalizing our commitments is very important. I have a tendency to get on Pinterest or some site and copy the plans, the rooms, the clothes, the menus — and then wonder why I don’t like the result.

    _I_ is the key there, isn’t it. Taking the lazy way by copying doesn’t get what _I_ want.

    Rethink!

  • Dista Quotesworth March 21, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I too beleive in this formula. Infact, I tend to take things a little more advanced and even watch out for what I speak. Because at the end of the day what you write, speak and think has a significant effect on your mind and life.
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  • Alison Moore Smith March 21, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Very true, Dista. Everything that surrounds us has an impact and, as far as is reasonable, being able to make those things positive will move us forward.
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