Category: Goal-Setting

Setting Large Ambitious Goals

When is it time to set large ambitious goals?

Goals can come in various measurements. There are small goals that you can create for everyday life, such as building habits over time. There are medium goals that challenge you, but have a greater impact on your well being. And then, there are large goals in which you can bulldoze through and inspire many.

Setting large ambitious goals is not for everyone. It requires a higher level of thinking and higher stream of consciousness. It means not settling for less and doing everything in your power to reach your dreams.

You know it is time to set ambitious goals when you are ready to conquer life. That is, you get to recreate your life into something amazing. You get to experience events more deeply. And, you are your greatest source of motivation.

How do I set large ambitious goals?

You can embark on a 30-day super trial. Super trials are when you set a goal that you want to try for 30 days in a row. Some examples of this are daily exercise (with breaks as needed), washing the dishes every evening, learning how to cook, etc. You can have a super trial for any goal or dream.

The way in which you set ambitious goals is by creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals stands for specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused or relevant, and time-bound goals. That means whenever you set out to achieve a greater mission in life, you should make sure your goals fit into all of these categories.

Here is one example of what a S.M.A.R.T. goal can look like:

– Preparing workout clothes in the evening after dinner, the night before going to the gym
– Bringing a water bottle to drink and a smartphone with a headset to listen to music while at the gym
– Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

S.M.A.R.T. goals is a good way of planning out and accomplishing your goals. Plus, it can help in making you feel more aligned with your life. It can foster good long-term results.

You can always modify your goals if you find them to be underwhelming, or if you find them to be too highly ambitious. But ambitious people know that even if you fail to reach your goals 100%, you can always try your best to reach those goals again, maybe by further breaking them down.

Super trials are several steps up from forming small habits. It requires you to take into consideration your entire living state of being. For example, you may have trouble concentrating in a cluttered environment. What you can do is make it a goal to clean or to organize 5 minutes a day, in addition to going to the gym, doing your laundry, washing the dishes, studying, etc. So long as you have an order to the chaos, you can find a way to get out of destructive or unhelpful habits or desires.

Other times, you may find it helpful to clear out a lot of garbage (mentally and physically) in order to achieve a higher state of being. When you live in a messy environment, your mind can also be affected and feel disarrayed. You can try your best to not let it affect you. One way to do this is to avoid all distractions. Some people like to write without being connected to the internet. Others like to listen to meditative music in the background while working. Experiment with different ideas until you find the one idea that helps you the most.

Sometimes, it helps getting a little advice on how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals before you can implement it yourself. If that is so, maybe you can consider seeking out therapy or life coaching. Once you get the hang of it, you can keep the ball rolling.

How to Be a True Hustler

Hustling takes hard work and dedication, but it can be achieved. It’s easy to get caught up in distractions, but you have to learn how to ignore the distractions and to focus. It takes time to learn how to focus too. Focus can be hard to some people, but for me, it now becomes natural.

My schooling experience has been a little weird. I love learning. However, I enjoy having the freedom to learn things at my own pace. That is how I learned about programming, mathematics, music, and so forth and so on. I have many subjects that I am interested in learning about. So I just try learning everything one day at a time.

I used to have trouble concentrating on my life, but I know how to do it very well now. And I know how to take care of myself in a proper way. It takes practice, but it’s possible to be balanced and to learn how to achieve your dreams.

Hustling takes hard work. You have to practice good self-care, which means you have to be hygienic and take care of your immediate needs first (such as water, food, clothes, and shelter). And on top of that, you have to work in a calm and relaxed manner so that you can manifest good things into your life.

You can start slowly by goal-setting first. Identify a goal for each day one at a time, and then go week by week, and then by month to month and so forth. Or if that is too hard, go at it one second or minute at a time. Start from where you are. Go at your own pace. And learn how to get along with other people by using your communication skills.

Goal-setting is a little difficult for some people, so I will briefly explain how you can set goals. First, start with a journal or a planner. Journal out your thoughts to figure out what’s most important to you. And use a planner to jot down quick checklists for what you want to accomplish during the day. This is how you start small.

Then after that, you can move on to higher forms of planning such as mapping out your future plans (week by week, month by month, year by year, and possibly even further than that). Try imagining talking to a younger version of yourself first to figure out what needs to be accomplished.

I hope that this article was helpful. And if you’re still interested in figuring out how to live as a hustler, try checking out my other articles such as How to Surround Yourself with A Players and The People You Surround Yourself With.

Hungry for Success

These days, I feel like I put myself on an intense supertrial. I went from being 131 lbs to around 122 lbs, waking up at 6:30AM on weekdays, reading a book every day, blogging 2 times daily, exercising 2-4 times a week, shaving almost daily, dressing up fashionably daily, cooking daily, and praying daily. Part of the reason for this is because I developed an A player mindset. I’ve set reasonable goals that are challenging, yet within my limits. I push myself a little farther, but without the rubber band effect. And part of it is that I also ensure getting adequate amounts of rest at night, totaling 9.5 hours of sleep per night. It’s more than the average person, and I’m slowly but surely trying to get back to 8 hours of sleep per night. But overall, I’ve been feeling productive most days, so I don’t mind the little extra sleep.

Success looks different depending on the person. We all have ideas of what success means. For one person, it could mean owning a single home. For another person, it could mean a 6-figure income. For me, it looks like the following:

1) $1000 or more in passive income monthly
2) A published book
3) A comfortable living space
4) High quality technology (smartphone and computer)

It’s a simple list, but that’s what success means to me right now. Nothing too fancy or crazy. Just enough to keep my life going, but a little extra for fun. To some people though, the $1000 or more in passive income goal might seem a little ambitious. For someone who has just dabbled here and there in passive income, it is an ambitious goal. But, I know that I will succeed in attaining that goal.

How to Set Goals

The best way to set goals is to start medium. If you set your standards too low, too small, you might sidetrack due to boredom. You want to challenge yourself without burning yourself out. You don’t want to start lifting 300 lbs if you never lifted before. But, you don’t want to settle for 1 lb dumbbells either. Go within your limits, but push yourself a little. That’s what smart ambitious people do.

Make sure that the goals are measurable. Give the goal a numeric value such as $100 in passive income per month, or losing 5 lbs of weight within 2 weeks. That way, you can say for sure whether or not you’ve succeeded in reaching your goal.

You can set short-term and long-term goals. I set daily and weekly goals. But, I also have yearly and even longer-term goals. Some daily goals include hitting the gym and showering. Some weekly goals are grocery shopping or going to a new place. And yearly goals including moving to a new location. A longer-term goal of mine is to become a millionaire. I don’t anticipate reaching that goal this year, but hey, who knows depending on how it goes with passive income.

Whatever you do though, make sure to practice enough self-care so that you don’t burn yourself out. Highly effective ambitious people succeed because they know their limits well, but learn how to work within those limits and expand those limits over time. You can do the same too through careful goal-setting and planning.

How to Surround Yourself with “A” Players

“It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings. It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks.”

George Eliot

An A player is someone who excels at life. It is someone who conquers most or all areas of their life, from health to finances to relationships to spirituality. Such people that I would define as A players are Ramit Sethi, Steve Pavlina, Leo Babauta, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and Kim Yugyeom. 😀 I am always looking to surround myself with A players because as they say, you become the people you surround yourself with.
How can you find ways to surround yourself with A players? The first is just to engage yourself in activities that you enjoy and that you would look for in people who you would consider A players. You don’t necessarily have to engage with these people directly. For example, I go to the gym to get a workout and see people there who are motivated, pumped, and athletic. I don’t converse with these people aside from maybe the instructor and maybe someone taking the same class if the opportunity presents itself. But still, I am motivated to work out because I see other people doing the same. And in my mind, an A player consists of someone who cares about their wellbeing and health. So in my mind, anyone who hits the gym regularly is an A player in health.

Another way that I plan to surround myself with A players is to attend a dance class. I love dancers because they are very expressive with their moves and they also tend to care about health, appearance, and hygiene. So one way I can surround myself with these people is to attend a local dance meetup such as through Meetup or EventBrite. Or I can take dance classes through an academy and search for it on Yelp or Yellow Pages. I’m planning to attend these classes sometime in the beginning of March. It should be fun!

I also find entrepreneurs and business-minded people to be A players. I want to pursue passive income and have dabbled a bit here and there, and it’s motivating to be in connection with people who have succeeded in generating a significant amount of passive income such as thousands of dollars per month. There are some meetup groups as well, but I’m planning to start with Toastmasters to connect with these people. Toastmasters draws in people of all sorts of backgrounds and statuses, but I’m planning to connect with those business-oriented people who also enjoy life and like to socialize. It’s also a great way to practice public speaking. And someday, it’s my goal to give a Ted Talk. That takes A player motivation and drive to do.

How can you develop an A player mindset?

The first step is to be ruthless about what you want. Sometimes, developing an A player mindset requires you to cut out certain friendships and social connections. This can be because certain friendships and acquaintances can drain your energy and bring you to a lower mind of awareness. For example, if you want to quit smoking, it’s counter-intuitive to hang out with people who smoke a lot. You’re just going to be tempted to smoke again. And sometimes, it can seem cruel to cut off or wean off from these friendships. But if you really want to succeed at life, you sometimes have to burn the ships and be selfish about what you want. There’s nothing wrong with change. It’s just in your mind as mild discomfort. Sometimes, you can naturally stop hanging around average people by just hanging around A players some more. And the more you expose yourself to A players, the more your mindset improves, and the more you naturally drift to these A players and stop hanging around average people.

A simple exercise you can do in order to figure out what an A player means to you is to list the qualities of your ideal type or of what you want to be. Here is a sample list of qualities that I personally seek for in an A player:

– Vegan
– Six figures or more
– Clean shaven and fashionable appearance
– Artistically talented
– Confident at giving speeches
– Good at cooking vegan
– Fit or athletic
– Leader

Note that you don’t need to find all the qualities in a person. It’s possible to find someone who only have a few of these qualities and is still an A player. But the more qualities a person has close to your ideal type, the better it is. And of course, the more naturally drawn you will be to that person. Plus looking at your list, you will feel more compelled to cut off draining friendships and relationships.

The Courage to Be an A Player

Becoming an A player takes courage. It means destroying old habits and replacing them with healthier and more fulfilling habits. It means eliminating old baggage. It means reinventing yourself. It means dedicating every single day to bettering yourself and becoming your highest potential.

It can be hard at first to become an A player because we can get stuck in old routines and rely on what’s comfortable. A players are A players because they know how to conquer life and how to lean into discomfort. The majority of people avoid discomfort and soak in short-term pleasures of life. But A players delay gratification and shoot for the stars. It’s not an easy task to be an A player when you’re shooting so high every day, but that’s what makes them exceptional. And you are also exceptional. You also have untapped potential. And if you want to be a superstar, you can be that superstar. All you have to do is believe in yourself and to lean into that discomfort and give it a try.

For me, it’s going to be uncomfortable attending my first Toastmasters session. However, I know that I will benefit from it in the long run. I will become a better public speaker and I will socialize more with people I want to surround myself with, which are leaders. One way in which I will prepare myself to go is to practice self-care (my appearance) and to prepare business cards to introduce myself. The business cards give a simple introduction of myself being vegan and into personal growth, being a voice talent and songwriter, and my blog, Instagram and Youtube links. It’s a good way for me to ease my nerves just in case I’m at a loss for words and want to introduce myself in a more relaxed manner. Plus, it’s more professional.

If you want to learn how to overcome your fear in order to become an A player, you have to either remove limiting beliefs of yourself or learn how to lean into the fear. You have to get used to your heart racing at times, and you have to learn how to not avoid it. It’s okay to be afraid to connect with someone new. It’s okay to be nervous about attending your first dance class. But, realize that it’s not going to kill you to try something new. It’s part of the excitement. This is what A players do every day. They venture off into new directions, tackling their fears and accomplishing new feats. And this can be you too. Why settle for comfort when you can lead a exceptional life?

Believe in Yourself / My Dreams

Believe in Yourself

Set your standards high
You deserve the best
Try for what you want
And never settle for less.

Believe in yourself
No matter what you choose
Keep a winning attitude
And you can never lose.

Think about your destination
But don’t worry if you stray
Because the most important thing
Is what you’ve learned along the way.

Take all that you’ve become
To be all that you can be.
Soar above the clouds
And let your dreams set you free.

Jillian K. Hunt

 

This year, I’m planning to set my standards high and reach my dreams. My goals for the next year:

1) Write a music album with 5 songs
2) Write a book
3) Move to LA
4) $1000/month in passive income

These are all pretty challenging goals, but I think I can achieve these goals over the course of a year. I’ve been wanting to produce a music album for some time now. I’ll work on it in the coming months. As for the book, I have a few ideas that I’m presently working on, but nothing set in stone. I’d like to move to LA sometime by the end of the year. And I’m currently actively working on my passive income goal.