Let’s Build A House Together

Wait, what?


By Mike Harland

I like analogies. I like comparing things and hope that it can help someone to see things a different way. When it comes to fitness, I find it’s very important to do this. So, today let’s build our house of goals.

What do I mean by this? Well, I’m sure many of you have stated a goal to yourself, right?
“I’ll be happy when I lose 20 pounds”

But have you stated the goals that get you to those goals?

So, let’s begin… Imagine that you’ve made the decision to build your own home. Better yet, your dream home. The place that you’ve worked your ass off for and imagined for years. The beautiful kitchen, HUGE bathrooms and the walk-in closets. Magic won’t get this done, right? Of course not. There’s a lot of work to do in order to get it built. You don’t just say I want to build a house and BOOM, it magically appears!

First, you’ve got to find the right spot for it. Where do you want to live? Do you want neighbors? How much land do you want? What kind of house do you want? Will it actually fit in in the neighborhood you want?

Once you find your lot, then what? You’ve got to have plans drawn. You sit down and speak with people and literally lay out exactly what you want. Why? Because you need to know exactly what it will take to build your dream home.

What’s next? Well, once you’ve picked your lot, drawn your plans, and are ready to go… you’ve got to dig. We can’t lay a foundation until we really get deep and create this new space for our foundation. That’s right, we need to make space for the strongest part of our dream home. We open the world right up and create a hole in which we will build everything.

Then, the foundation. But even that doesn’t just get poured. We set molds and all of these individual boards get put together to create the strongest part of our house. Once that’s done, we pour the concrete and let that set.

What else? Framing, electric, plumbing, interior design, painting, and finish work.

It takes a lot to get from the beginning to the end. Fitness is exactly the same. It’s easy to state a goal. But, what we sometimes forget, is all of the micro-goals that come together to make our goals happen.

Here’s what I’d like from you – write down your goals, but then, write down what you think it takes for you to actually accomplish those goals.

How many times per week should you workout?
What do your meal plans look like?
What is a successful level of intensity to train with?
How much sleep will you get?
What does your stress look like and can it be managed better?
Are you surrounding yourself with people that are helping you or hurting you and can you change those circumstances?

Plan this out and then follow your plan. This will ensure you are successful. Random doesn’t work. Half-ass doesn’t work. Do you want your dream home? Then build it!

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