The importance of goal setting.
This is something I wished I learned a long time ago. For those who didn’t know, I failed out of college,,,twice. I’m not even going to lie, college was hard af for me. Came into school as a Political Science major and man, that was no joke. Even though I was just taking gen eds and a few government classes I had no interest in it at all. So naturally I failed a few classes my first semester.
Mind you I was a red shirt freshmen on the football team so I broke up my time like this.
50% Football- Which included weights, practice, study hall, and meetings.
40% Social life- If you know me you would know I play a ridiculous amount of video games. Also I was in college and there was always something to do with friends, that mainly involved alcohol.
10% School- Just so everything rounds out and I don’t look like a jackass I gave school 10%. But in all reality this section should be .01%. Which is mainly me cramming for finals the night before and showing up to class.
The issue I had at what I would call an “early age” is that I had no goals. I was just living life day to day with no aspirations. It took me getting kicked out of school twice that I learned the value of setting goals. I learned if I set goals and absolutely crushed them then good things will naturally happen to me.
For example I set daily goals that involved me dedicating at least an hour to school work as soon as I get done with practice at nights. Which didn’t include study hall. Some nights that hour would turn into 3 or 4 since I’m a die hard procrastinator. But ultimately the result of my dedication to my daily goals I graduated on time which is nothing short of a miracle.
You want another example? OK!
If I endure the week of conditioning, working out, and eating semi-healthy. I can go get trashed on the weekend with my buddies. And boy there was some weekends down town that would go into Spearfish History.
I don’t know if this is really goals or not but this is what kept me motivated so call it what you want.
Goals that I’ve crushed already.
After things calmed down after Graduation I realized that I didn’t have a job lined up or any plans. I was so focused on graduating that I didn’t picture life after graduation. Yeah I applied for a few jobs here and there but nothing really stuck. Once a month went by and I still didn’t have a job I gave myself an ultimatum. If I didn’t have a job or a plan lined up for me by the end of July I’m going to join the Army. (This is something that I thought about a lot and was actually consider doing before I was accepted to BH.)
Which brought on another list of Goals.
Goals Summer 2k18
I got offered a job in Denver Colorado as a freelance journalist and the pay was absolutely dog shit. There was no way I could’ve lived off of $15 a story and I didn’t struggle through college for five years to struggle even worse in my career. So I turned that dumpster fire job down and decided why not go into business for myself? I found a job at a moving company in Sioux Falls that pays $17 an hour, which would be plenty to live off. And I could start my freelance business in my free time. So I went ahead and checked that off my goal list with moving somewhere I’ve never been.
I knocked out ten pull ups a couple weeks ago and set my sights on doing a muscle up. If you have me on snapchat you would know that I’m making little to no progress each week. But it’s all about the journey. For those who don’t and would enjoy a good laugh at my fail attempts @jamesy407053.
If you don’t have a bucket list what exactly are you doing with your life? I have about 50 items on my bucket list and scratched out about ten so far. Most recently my buddies Drew and Pedro took me out to go shoot a gun. If you grew up in Wyoming and you haven’t shot a gun before you more then likely have brought great shame to your family. I can describe my gun shooting experience in one word. Sketchy, but I’ll go over that in another blog post.
All in all goal setting is what keeping me motivated. I believe everybody should have two lists in life. A Goals List, and a Bucket List. In my next blog post I’ll go very me scratching off a few items on my bucket list. Thanks for reading everybody and make sure you leave some feedback.