Getting shredded and a psychedelic trip are quite different; but, they are important in what they can teach us about goal setting.
Upon ingesting LSD or psilocybin, your sensory perception becomes overloaded with everyday life. The banal manifests its beauty – the miraculous bloom of flowers, the radiant glow of your girlfriend’s smile, the serenity of the moonlight.
Focus grows difficult – everything and everyone now carries significance; prioritizing is impossible.
Now, contrast this to your morning commute. What’s your barista’s name at your favorite coffee joint? Despite the human pleasantries, it’s usually not important, right?
Why Have Goals
Goals become your filters as you move through the world.
They allow you to discern what’s important and disregard the minutia.
Life’s temptations are plenty. Getting shredded requires immense discipline because it is quite difficult. Unless you state specifically where you are looking to go, you won’t get there. Even if you do, you still may not get there but, at least, it gives you a fighting chance.
Anything in life I have achieved came about because I knew exactly what I wanted and I chased them with reckless abandonment.
I wanted to play professional sports and I knew my best option came because I was a left-handed pitcher.
So, I turned down scholarship offers to play quarterback at the Division 1 level. I saw the best doctor, Dr. Andrews, in the world when I tore my elbow. I sought out the best trainer, Eric Cressey, and trained with him for five plus years. It’s how I met Chad; it’s how Show Me Strength originally started when Matt Kramer and Chad became training buddies and close friends.
Crystallized, concrete goals creates an easy decision making tree.
It tells you what you should and should not do. Is “X” getting you closer or further away from where you want to be? You’ll find the answer is usually black and white.
So, you want to get shredded?
Why? Seriously, ask yourself that question. The answer will fuel you when your body hurts, when your friends are begging you to booze that night, and when part of you is injured and you consider using it as an excuse to skip training.
What’s shredded look like to you?
Is it abs because you’ve never had them before in your life? That’s cool but better make it more clear in your head.
Step into your vision.
Is it having slabs of granite plastered on your midsection? Awesome, but you better be ready to put in the significant amount of work and effort required.
Choose your goal but here’s a suggestion.
Aim at the Highest Star
Make your goal big.
Think about what you want then think a bit further. Make it bigger, make it so big and audacious that it makes you uncomfortable; so big that it wakes you up in a sweat having been both nervous and excited at the thrill of transformation.
The bigger the goal, the more positive emotion you’ll feel.
Don’t you want a life full of meaning – to be perpetually turned on, to feel the utmost, raw sensation of being alive? That’s what I feel when I walk onto a Jiu Jitsu mat – it’s what you should feel chasing your goals .
Want a coach to further your quest? Shoot Chad and I an email at showmestrength (@) gmail.com