Today, I want to talk about goal-setting, problem-solving and overcoming obstacles, that kind of thing.
This one is just going to be about a personal goal that I’m setting for the next year, just as an example of what you can actually achieve when you put your mind to it.
So, the goal is…I’ll give you the background first.
I’ve got over 300 videos on YouTube now and on the website, and they really start from Day 1 to a few weeks ago.
I haven’t put up any videos in the last couple of weeks, and it’s something that I really enjoy doing.
I like getting out for these walks, I like putting out the videos and I like teaching.
my goal is to do one video every single year for the next year.
When I say it out loud like that and I know this is going live and stuff.
This is where I get my best leverage.
I hope that by putting this out there, people will keep me on track.
It’s going to be a big challenge putting up one video every single day from the 1st of July until the 30th of June next year.
That’s including weekends, including holidays, including Christmas Day, including New Year’s Day…all those days I’m going to put up a brand new video.
And, I want to put up some god stuff, you know? Not just a video for the sake of putting up videos, but stressing a point, addressing some issue.
The subject can be anything from quitting drinking to goal-setting to moving forward into your new goal.
The more I get into this, the further I get away from my old life.
The further into my new life I get, the more I realise that this is all about lifestyle;
it’s all about change in your life.
It’s about forgetting what you’ve done in the past, what the past has thrown in your way, and moving forward into something better.
I think one of the biggest problems that people have with quitting drinking is that they don’t move forward.
So, anyway, a lot of the videos are going to be about that, about moving forward into a new life, into something great that you can do for yourself.
That’s my whole point; that’s what I want to do with my life.
I want to achieve something great.
I want to make a difference.
I’m not looking for personal fame or anything like that, I don’t like that actually.
I avoid personal meetings like the plague.
I’ve had a few opportunities to speak in public and go to conferences and stuff like that and I just haven’t done that yet.
So that’s one of the things where I’m going to have to get out of my comfort zone in future to do it, fair enough.
But maybe I won’t do it.
Maybe that’s just not me.
Maybe that’s something that I won’t ever do.
I don’t know.
But, as it stands, I love doing what I’m doing.
I think I can help to make a difference in people’s lives.
I think I’m making a difference in some people’s lives.
So, that’s the idea behind the 365 videos in 1 year.
It’s going to be tough, but the number 1 reason I’m doing this is to try and help, to try and put out as much information onto YouTube as I can, about how to change, how to turn your back on alcohol, how to move forward, how to change some of the bullshit ideas that have been put into our heads for our entire lives, you know.
These are not very old ideas, alcoholism and sobriety and all this kind of shit.
These are only relatively recent, maybe two or three generations old, but they’re certainly there in our lives, and they’re certainly making an impact on our lives, so that’s what I’m going to try to do, just try to bring awareness around to that bullshit, that propaganda that’s either fed to us by the alcohol industry or the quit alcohol industry, by our own governments that say ‘this is a good thing. You have to do this but you have to do this in moderation’, all that kind of stuff.
Another reason I want to do it is because it’s a personal challenge.
I would have never looked for a personal challenge while I was drinking, except it was to beat my own record of how many pints I could down in one session, or the stupid drink games. That was the sad limit to my challenging nature.
I wanted to build a business, I wanted to do good things in my life, but the alcohol always took over.
The alcohol always sort of got in there, got its little finger in…
It’s not the alcohol, it’s the behaviour.
It’s my own behaviour manifesting itself in this way, and I guess that’s the way it turned out.
Anyway, now I’m up for challenges. I’m halfway through a challenge at the moment that I set up at the beginning of the year to try and lose those extra few pounds.
I mean, I love walking, I love getting out but…I love sitting down too.
I like sitting down in front of my desk, I like watching telly.
At the heart of me, I’m a lazy bastard.
So, that challenge at the beginning of the year was to walk 3,650 km in the one year so that works out to about 10km per day.
I should be about 150km over the target, by the time I finish this walk.
I’ve been tracking it with an excel spreadsheet, so every day I put in my walks.
I’ve got an app that keeps me on target and tells me how many kilometres I’m doing and when I’ve passed a kilometre.
I’ve had a couple of issues along the way by listening to the app, in the sense that I’ve been trying to beat my times.
And this was never the purpose of it, to do this in the quickest possible time.
I don’t like doing that because every time I do that, because of my nature, I injure myself.
You can only walk so fast, and once you try and walk faster than you can walk, you’re going to start running.
And, every time I run, I injure myself.
I don’t like running, and I wasn’t liking what I was doing, you know.
My whole thing used to be to go out and do videos or think or listen to audiobooks.
I like the fact that I can do two things at once.
I can get out walking, get my exercise in and get my brain exercised at the same time.
So, that’s where that challenge is.
I really like doing the videos, it’s something that is, because it’s free, it’s widespread, anybody can do it.
I think it’s just something that I wanted to do.
I’m going to learn a bit more about myself, a lot about my own stamina. I learned a lot about tracking and keeping myself on target.
I learned a lot about my business as well.
I’m a statistical person so I’m always looking at the stats and how many people are commenting on YouTube and how many people are coming to the website, that kind of thing.
So, I think it’s going to be challenging or me that way as well, to sort of get over them.
So, that’s my challenge, 365 videos in 1 year, 1 every day.
I’ll get them up on YouTube and also send out a newsletter everyday…I’m not sure about that or whether that’s going to work out or not but definitely the 365 videos.
I’ll see how people react and if everyone wants to get an email from me every day.
The beginning of the newsletter was to send out weekly reminders or daily reminders of your new journey, and to stick to it.
I sort of haven’t done that.
Maybe I’ll incorporate that into one or two sentences with the link to the video.
It’s not going to take a lot of time to do that.
I think the difficulty with that is going to be when I’m away, so I’m going to have to figure out how to do that.
That’s basically what it’s about, figuring out the goals that you want to achieve, figuring out any problems along the way.
There’re two different ways you can go into this, you can sort of figure out your angle and either break those angles down into smaller chunks, into smaller goals and go for those, or you can get your angle and you can break them down into problems.
So, if you like solving problems, then that’s probably a better way to go about this, to figure out what the problems are going to be along the way and work your way towards your final result that way.
For me, I like setting goals but I also like figuring out problems as well, so that’s going to be a big challenge for me.
So that’s the challenge.
Hopefully you’ll get on board.
If you have any suggestions, please give me a feedback every single day, if you can.
Leave a comment down below on the post here or on YouTube.
Just let me know what I’m doing right or wrong, what you’d like to see me doing.
Constructive criticism is always welcome.
If I can figure out what I’m doing wrong, that’s going to lead me to doing right.
I’d love to hear your opinions.
DON’T LIMIT YOUR CHALLENGES, CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITS
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!