Yesterday, I rode on the backs of dolphins...
My two chariots were Pandora and her baby daughter, Luna.
No, I wasn't dreaming. And no, I haven't lost my mind... I really did that, yesterday in the Florida Keys.
How did it happen?
My mother-in-law made it happen. A year ago, she decided she was
going to swim with the dolphins before she died. She started planning
the trip back then. And now, she's done it.
What do you want to get done? And have you made plans yet to accomplish it?
If my mother-in-law hadn't announced her goal... and if she hadn't
made a point to make it happen... it never would have happened.
Yesterday morning, she was up before dawn. She was excited and
apprehensive at the same time. She's approaching 70, but still got a
thrill from doing something new. "I've never worn a wetsuit before," she
said, as she wrestled it on.
Life is what you make it, I thought, as I watched three generations
of our family wrestle into their wetsuits, too. In the end, she loved
it. We all did. I was proud of her for setting out to do something new,
planning it, and then doing it.
Riding on the backs of dolphins might not be on the top of your list. But what is?
And what are you doing to make it happen?
In order to accomplish your goals, you must first set them!
Often around this time, I write to you about my goals for the year.
I like the idea of setting specific goals for different areas of your
life. (You can read a couple of my previous essays here
"Getting in better shape" seems like it's a goal every year. But
that's not a specific goal. So it doesn't get you anywhere. Make it
"This year, my goal is to lose 20 pounds." Now that's getting specific. And that's a goal of mine.
To help inspire me, I will enter the "Battle of the Paddle
standup paddleboard race in Dana Point, California in October. All
things equal, the lighter I am, the more competitive I'll be. So being
lighter will benefit me in the race... and in life.
But what's the PLAN?
Over the break, I've been reading Tim Ferriss' book The Four-Hour Body
Tim Ferriss thinks about the body like I think about the financial
markets... He doesn't blindly follow the conventional wisdom. He shares
ways to "cheat" the system. Some are kooky. But some make complete
sense... and have next-to-no downside risk if he's wrong.
The plan is to try some of the things in his book, including his diet (which includes one eat-whatever-you-want day every week.)
So my fitness goal for this year is to lose 20 pounds. Training for
the Battle of the Paddle will keep me on track. And the diet in
Ferriss' book should get my weight down and be maintainable.
What's your big goal for 2011? And what's your plan?
What is something significant, but achievable, that you can do in 2011? Announce your goal, plan for it, and make it happen.
The only secret to swimming with the dolphins (or achieving whatever you want to do this year) is making the plan and doing it.
So make your plans! And get on it with it!