Goals, and achieving goals, have been on my mind a lot lately. In the last seven days I’ve knocked off a few big ones that I’m thrilled about.
- Deadlifted 435 (a big jump from 385 last time I checked)
- Bent the Yellow Nail from Ironmind
- The book proposal is so close to being finished that I’m going to include it. My part of it is done.
- Did a Turkish Get Up With 88 lbs
- Cleaned up my eating
- Built a slosh pipe
- Read The Way Of The Superior Man
Some of these are big goals, some are small. All were satisfying in different ways. The way forward is always fun. Moving onward is always rewarding. But my favorite goals are the ones that take months and months to reach. When I pulled that deadlift yesterday, I screamed my head off I was so happy. This is something that 99.99999% of the people in the world are not interested in and don’t care about in the slightest. That’s fine.
But it made my day and made me happy (and nearly made me faint) and that’s all the reason and reward I need. Forget the validation of others. Praise is nice and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying it if you don’t turn into a diva. But set goals and chase them and smash them for you.
This is my favorite quote from Bruce Lee:
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not here to live up to mine.
Now: What are you all working on that you’re comfortable sharing? I’d love to get a list going in the comments section and post it this Sunday during the backtrack.
Personal, physical, mental, spiritual, booklists, whatever. Anything and everything. Let’s compare notes. All progress comes from the same source. I don’t know what that source is, but I still believe it.
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