Featured, Lifestyle, Soundness

Your Guide to Setting Life-Changing Goals

How important are goals in your life? To answer this question, imagine a hypothetical situation.

You are heading out onto the open road, taking a cross-country trip to the vacation spot of your dreams. A lot of time was spent carefully packing the car with your luggage and healthy snacks for the road. You even took the effort of saving a sweet Spotify playlist to your phone for the many hours of driving ahead. Everything is going to be great.

You hop onto the interstate, humming along to one of your favorite songs. The minutes fly by as fast as the miles and soon you are far from home. This is uncharted territory for you, but the change of scenery is refreshing. The sun reaches high noon and you suddenly realize you’re starving for lunch. Time to find a place to eat.

Parking at one of those gas stations in the middle of nowhere, you pull out your phone to check for the nearest restaurants. The map won’t load. With a sinking feeling, you realize you’re out of data for the month. Out of data and alone in a place you’ve never been before. You own paper maps and a handy GPS, but you left those things back at your house.

What would you do in this situation? The chance you’ll be able to find a good restaurant is small, and the chance your journey will successfully end at your dream destination is next to nothing. Odds are: you’ll either call your phone carrier for an extra gig of data, make the trek back home to grab your GPS, or buy a map inside the gas station. Any way you slice it, you need a route and navigation to continue your trip.Goals: Your Roadmap for Life

Failing to set goals in your life is like taking a trip with no means of navigation. You might get lucky and come across a few places worth visiting during your voyage, but most of the time you will simply be trying to figure out where you are. Goals are the primary way we can project and fulfill our own future. And if we construct our goals in the right manner, they also provide the correct path forward.

You’ve probably made goals for yourself at some point. Perhaps during a new-year’s-day burst of motivation. But how committed were you with following through? If you ultimately failed, don’t feel bad. Statistically, most people’s goals are forgotten a few weeks after they make them. New year’s resolutions are particularly susceptible to this neglect. In order to get the most out of your goals and make it easy for you to push to success, you need to know the proper method to setting goals.

Dedicate a couple hours to this process. Your goals are very important, and this procedure is going to change your life. Prepare yourself to give a lot of thought and a bit of work to the following guide. Pull out a notepad or open a word processor, and let’s get started.

Begin with visualization

Visualizing Goals

Close your eyes and think about the future. Not the next few days or months – the far future. Put yourself into your perfect life’s shoes.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where am I?
  • Who am I with?
  • What do I look like?
  • How do I feel?
  • What am I doing?

This perfect future life you are seeing is your ultimate goal. Write down details of this goal as you visualize. Be as specific as possible.

Break it down

Everyone’s life situation really boils down to five main areas:

  • Financial
  • Relationships
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional

Continuing with the visualization of your perfect life, write down how each of these areas is going for you in the future.

Goal Journaling

It’s very important to write these goals in the present tense.

Let’s use a physical goal as an example. Don’t write “I will be a marathon runner”. Instead write “I am a marathon runner”. You will be looking over these goals many times in the years to come. When you read something that’s present tense, you are encouraging your subconscious mind to see it as a reality. This helps you live like you’ve already achieved your goal, which is super effective for making progress and staying motivated.

Devote an honest effort while completing this step. After all, you are effectively planning out how the rest of your life is going to go. Don’t be afraid to set very ambitious goals for yourself. You have more potential than you could ever realize, and creating goals that are easy to reach is just selling yourself short.

Give it a timeframe

You Goal's Timeframe

Now you should have a list of lifetime goals broken down into the five main areas of life. The next step is to work backwards in time, getting closer and closer to the present.

Here is how you should structure your goals:

  1. Lifetime Goals
    • Financial Goals
    • Relationship Goals
    • Physical Goals
    • Mental Goals
    • Emotional Goals
  2. Three-Year Goals
    • Financial
    • Relationship
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Emotional
  3. Yearly Goals
    • Continue making goals for the five areas within each timeframe
  4. Quarterly Goals
  5. Monthly Goals
  6. Weekly Goals

Start with your list of “Lifetime Goals”

Determine what you’ll have to do to reach each of those five goals within three years. Add them to the list under “Three-Year Goals” (remember to do it in present tense). Now decide what you’ll have to do within a year to reach your three-year goals. Continue this process down the line until you finish weekly. Again, do not rush this!

Review and manage your list

Goal Set!Congratulations! You have just created a road map to your perfect life. Hang the sheet you’ve constructed somewhere you will see it every day, like by your bed or on the bathroom mirror. It’s vital to review your goals on a daily basis. You need to burn them into your mind.

When the week is up, you will need to create new weekly goals. Take this time to evaluate yourself on your progress. What went really well? What could you have done better? Commit to making improvements whenever possible. You will have to create new goals every month, every year, every quarter, and every three years. Refer back to your lifetime goals when deciding what to write in each of these instances.

Do not underestimate the effort it will require to reach your destination. This journey is a priority in your life. Chase your goals like your life depends on them, because it absolutely does. Congratulate and reward yourself for small wins. Motivate yourself by visualizing the future you will be living some day.

Know beyond any doubt that you have the ability to create your own future by making the correct choices in the present. Now that you have filled out your ultimate goalsheet, you possess instructions for exactly what you have to do. Go and get after it!

Resources

Despite my best efforts to be simple, this guide may be confusing to you. I’ve made a handle little template on Google Docs that you can copy, paste, and fill in to streamline this process. It’s completely free! Click the link below for access (use a desktop browser for best experience).

Google Docs Goalsetting Guide

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Fitness, Gadgets, Uncategorized

Choosing the Right Fitness Tracker

Wearable technology is a hot trend – and for good reason! It’s crucial to stay connected, informed, and efficient in this modern age. What better way to do that than to strap a mini computer to your wrist? These devices are only getting more popular, and aren’t going away any time soon. Eventually, almost everyone will have some sort of wearable technology on them constantly.

One great byproduct of the explosion in wearable technology is fitness tracking. It’s never been easier to log and document things like daily calories burned, heart rate, and steps taken. Keeping tabs on your fitness is an awesome way to keep yourself motivated and helps set proper goals in your health journey.

If you don’t already own a fitness tracker, you should consider buying one. Most of them pair to a smartphone app so you can see detailed results of your workouts, active time, and even sleep patterns! Without one of these, it would be extremely difficult and time consuming to record all of this information.

There’s a literal truckload of different options in the way of fitness trackers. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones to help you narrow down the search for your perfect match.

Garmin Vívofit 2

Fitness Tracker - Garmin Vivofit 2

Garmin is a well-known brand that used to specialize in GPS technology. Recently, they have been producing some great fitness trackers as well. Their products are all finely crafted, sleek, and durable. The Vívofit 2 is one of Garmin’s most popular options to date, offering many great features for a low price.

What’s good

  • 1 year battery life
  • Interchangeable bands for customization
  • Inexpensive
  • Backlit display
  • Speaker for audio alerts
  • Built-in goalsetting options
  • Automatic syncing
  • Easy to set up

What’s lacking

  • Can’t recharge battery
  • No GPS
  • No heart rate sensor
  • No touch display
  • No smart alerts

Garmin Vívofit 2 Activity Tracker

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Fitbit Charge HR

Fitness Tracker - Fitbit Charge HR

As far as fitness tracking goes, Fitbit was one of the first to get on the scene. Devices made by Fitbit are accurate and minimalistic, designed to be worn at all times of the day. Their companion app is excellent and constantly updated with superb new content. The Fitbit Charge HR is a great choice for people who want a robust suite of features in a small, inconspicuous package.

What’s good

  • Bright OLED display
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 5-day battery life
  • Caller ID
  • Automatic silencing (during sleep)
  • Workout summaries
  • Awesome companion app
  • Clock

What’s lacking

  • No GPS
  • No touch display
  • No interchangeable bands
  • Potential durability issues

Fitbit Charge HR

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Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Smartwatch

Fitness Tracker - Pebble 2 + Heart Rate

Pebble has shut down recently, but you can still find their excellent smartwatches for sale.

Pebble’s first watch was crowdfunded through Kickstarter, and they grew their product line to include many great devices before they closed their doors. The Pebble 2 + HR Smartwatch is one of Pebble’s crowning achievements. It offers great value and an insane battery life for a smartwatch. If you’re a practical person who wants a simple yet effective solution, this might be the one for you.

What’s good

  • 7 day battery life
  • Large customizeable screen
  • Works with iOS and Android
  • App alerts and notifications
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sleep tracking
  • Music control
  • Full activity tracking
  • Swappable bands

What’s lacking

  • No support from Pebble (shut down)
  • Monochromatic watch screen
  • No GPS
  • Does not share data with fitness apps

Pebble 2 + HR Smartwatch

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Fitness Tracker - Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

If there’s one truly experienced tech company on this list, it’s Samsung. Samsung wearables are loaded with tons of great options, and are snappy and responsive. Their Gear Fit 2 Pro smartwatch was designed with fitness tracking in mind, and it delivers on its promise. It will work with both iOS and Android, but has more features available with an Android phone. This model is worth considering if you don’t want to miss out on any aspect of fitness tracking.

What’s good

  • Large, full-color AMOLED touch display
  • Android integration (read texts, make calls)
  • GPS
  • Swim-ready water resistance
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Swappable bands
  • Music player
  • Four-day battery life
  • Advanced activity and workout tracking
  • Works with iOS and Android

What’s lacking

  • More expensive
  • Requires a Samsung phone for the fullest expereince
  • A bit clunky/conspicuous
  • Can be inaccurate

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

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Ticwatch S

Fitness Tracker - Ticwatch S

Ticwatch is another smartwatch company spawned from crowdfunding. They have managed to produce excellent watches that fall far below competitor’s prices. For how much it costs, the Ticwatch S is practically a steal. It has an ultra-fast processor, an amazing display, and great fitness tracking. It will even detect what types of lifts you are doing during a workout session! Pick this one up if you want the best of everything – it’s available in multiple color options.

What’s good

  • Large circular full-color AMOLED touchscreen
  • Super accurate GPS
  • Works with iOS and Android
  • Full smartphone integration
  • Third party app support
  • Water resistant
  • Microphone/speaker for notifications/voice commands
  • Endless watch face options
  • Locally saved music
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Advanced exercise tracking

What’s lacking

  • No interchangeable bands
  • Requires recharging every night

Ticwatch S

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