Vince’s Business, Physical, Relational & Spiritual Goals for 2011

By Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle Building.

I’ve been writing “my goals for the year” ever since the early 1990′s thanks to my father. He would have my brothers and I sit down at the kitchen table every Christmas season and write down what we would like to achieve in the future year.

My Dad would have us write our goals in four different categories – physical (fitness  and training goals), intellectual (schooling and career goals), relational (friend and family goals) and spiritual (relationship with God) goals.

What you’re about to read is quite personal but I think it’ll reflect some of the reasons I  continue to experience more success than I deserve.   First let’s chat on a few things:

Why Do We Need Goals?

1. Goals give you direction for all areas of life: physical, mental, emotional, relational,    career, material, contribution, experiential and spiritual.

2. Without goals, life is boring and makes it hard to wake up in the morning.

3. Goals will ignite a fire inside you and keep you passionate about life.

4. Life without goals is like trying to sail across the Atlantic without a map.  Goals act as maps, and help propel you towards the right destination.

5. Goals help you attack procrastination; a “silent killer.” Understand the only way to achieve your goals is to TAKE ACTION.  Think about how many guys you know with unbelievable knowledge but mediocre jobs.  This is because many people don’t funnel their knowledge towards anything.

6. If you’re unsatisfied with an area of your life, it’s probably because you don’t know what you want.  Figure out what you want to get you excited, and today is the day to figure that out.

How Do You Set Goals?

1. The first key is to THINK BIG and dream about every possibility in life.

2. Set no limits on yourself. Ask yourself,  “If I knew I could not fail, then what would I do?”

3. Who’s living the life right now that you desire and aspire to?

4. Categorize your goals into three or four areas of life most important to you.  Consider the areas I mentioned above.

5. Get a pen and paper and write them down. If you’re a NNMB, YSPQ or MYM member than I recommend you share your goals on the forum for accountability purposes.

6. Write a deadline beside each goal and let’s focus on goals for this upcoming year.  Some you might achieve in the next month and some may come later in the year.

7. Don’t be afraid of failing. In the past I have left certain goals off my list because they appeared the year before and I was unsuccessful.  If you want it to happen, just write it down.

8. Set goals outside of your comfort zone.  If your goals are not challenging, than you’ll never achieve your true potential in life.

9. Get specific.  Saying you want to buy a house is a great goal but I would prefer you to say what kind of house, what city, what neighborhood, how many square feet etc.

Vince’s 2011 Goals

Business

  • Create Live Large TV – my brand new You Tube TV weekly web show, which will be starting this first week of January 2011!
  • Get The Skinny Guy Savior published as a hardcopy book in book stories for winter 2011 or 2012.  Basically next year at this time I want my hardcopy book live in bookstores.
  • Offer 1-1 Online Coaching to my MYM graduates and potentially open it up to my NNMB and YSPQ customers as well. This will be the highest end service I offer. Hoping to launch this in May 2011.
  • Help my wife Flavia launch Flavilicious Fitness and have her take over the female side of my online business. Look out for that in early April 2011!
  • Redesign my home page, blog, Facebook Fan Page and You Tube channel.  (What do you think of them so far?)
  • Launch 21-Day Fast Mass Building with Lee Hayward on January 11th 2011.
  • Release No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0 for it’s 5-Year Anniversary on April 5th, 2011.
  • Launch two Muscle Masterminds with a ten-man limit in each.  For those that don’t know, I’m also a business coach.  I’ll have one group for guys making five figures a year who want to climb to six-figures a year and I’ll have another group for guys who want to go from six-figures a year to seven-figures a year. Applications go out in March 2011 if you’re interested.   (Investment is approximately 10 and 15K respectively, a year, per person).

Physical

  • Stay injury free by continuing to do Hot Yoga one to three times a week.
  • Compete in the Muscle Model category with WBFF on April 16th and maybe two weeks later in Quebec…
  • Improve my flexibility in my shoulders, hamstrings and lower back.

Relational  (Flavia helped me write these ones…ha)

  • Give Flavia my full attention when she’s talking to me so we can communicate effectively and she doesn’t have to repeat herself and say, “we have already discussed this babe”.
  • Make our relationship more important than anything and anyone else.
  • Develop a work routine that allows Flavia and I to spend quality time AND have dinner together, while having one day off a week from work.
  • Spend more time with my family and friends.

Spiritual

  • Get back into my daily devotions – at least 5-minutes every morning – before I start my day.  If anyone wants to join me, pick up Grace For The Moment: Inspiration for Each Day of the Year by Max Lucado

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There you have it!  Some of those are obviously more personal than others but that’s okay. Most of the goals I kept to myself were never achieved. The goals you declare and publically announce are the ones that get done.

Now it’s your turn. I think you should make this an annual habit of yours too.  Write them down on a piece of paper or in a journal or on a blog or on your computer.  I posted them on my blog because I practically live on the Internet so they’ll always “be in my face.”

What’s YOUR #1 goal for 2011?  Share it below and if we get 200 comments then I’ll hook you up with TWO brand new gifts tomorrow.

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Comments

47 thoughts on “Vince’s Business, Physical, Relational & Spiritual Goals for 2011

  1. To Roger, I just wanted to add another verse to your post.

    Matthew 16:26, ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?’.

    We can’t take a single thing with us when we go. The only thing on this earth that matters is doing every single thing to give glory to God. Money, prestige, a rockin’ body, yup, all nice things .. but totally meaningless in the eternity grand scheme of things.

    Gotta always remember to put God first.

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  2. Great goals, Vince, and it is encouraging to see Spiritual Goals included too. So many times we focus on money or health and we forget the most important one… the one that underlies all the others… the one that will live on.

    My life verse is from the Gospel of Luke: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with men.”

    - Intellectual
    - Physical
    - Spiritual
    - Social

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  3. Good job vince on inspiring many and motivating them to set goals.

    I also set annual goals – thanks to my father lol

    I have all the categories you listed but i also have an extra one and that is personal development. By that i mean expanding the horizons of my knowledge, this includes READING on various topics such as fitness, spirituality, business, and technology. As Will Smith says, an important key to life is READING!!

    FITNESS – includes workouts, nutrition, and general well being. Hence, I follow various fitness authorities such as yourself.

    Spirituality – Its a great way to start your day by doing a 5minutes grace in the morning. But spirituality is alot more than that. By that i dont mean become religious as religion is an introduction to spirituality , but eventually you have to get out of that nutshell and graduate to spirituality for example a skinny guy starting on no nonsense muscle building to set solid foundation and later graduating to 1000 rep muscle challenge.

    TECHNOLOGY – well i am an electrical engineer so its important for me to be up to date with technology. Its a career requirement but also my passion.

    BUSINESS also follows the same concept.

    Everything in life keeps changing, we change, our body changes, the world is changing, hence, its important to keep up with change.

    Just wanted to add my 2cents. I am not a coach like Vince so my explanations might not be as powerful as VInce but i believe its an important aspect that everyone should dwell upon AS KNOWLEDGE PROVIDES CLARITY…since you understand things better.

    THanks Vince,

    Chetan

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  4. Hi Vince, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    It is very refreshing to hear of you talk of your relationship with God and your wife in addition to your other efforts, as you seem extremely busy.

    Keeping God and her first in your life, you will be a blessed man! Prov. 18:22

    Keep on bringing the great info. as well.

    God bless!

    Kerry

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  5. thanks vince..! youre an example of strugling in life…… now im doing “what ive learned in 2010″ im sorry if my english is wrong, i originally speak spanish

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  6. Thanks for the great post Vince!

    My goals for 2011 are:

    Business:

    Launch new Health Food business and become profitable
    Get Personal Training Certification
    Get a new job in nutrition counseling
    Continue taking classes toward my degree in Finance

    Physical:

    Be 210 lbs @ 5% bodyfat

    Deadlift 405 x 10
    Squat 305 x 10
    Incline Press 305 x 10

    Win Fame Fitness competition in August

    Do this by doing fasted cardio in the A.M. for 30-45 mins 5 days a week
    Power Lift 3 days a week for 45 mins training for strength
    Sprint or Jump Rope 3 days a week for 20-30 mins
    Eat 210 grams of high quality portein a day
    Eat 100 grams of healthy fats a day
    Keep carbs low (under 100 grams) on non lifting days and under 300 grams on lifting days

    Relationships

    Continue to grow with my girlfriend
    Become a better man
    Be more patient, understanding, respectful and strong
    Be a better listener

    Spiritual

    Become closer with God and give praise to him everyday

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  7. I am inspired by this article Vince,
    Therefore i am not afraid or ashamed to post my Goals
    2010 has ended very badly for me, I have lost many loved ones, in a very short period of time. I can only admit this and accept what has happened so that I can move on and only do better in the near upcoming future.

    I am ashamed to say I have procrastinated my Weight lifting goals nearly for a Year now due to finances but also due to lack of motivation, But i have a complete new mind set for the next year. Even if i lack people supporting me.
    Hopefully Vince you can make more video’s to support us lonely guys out there…

    Goals;
    Physical:
    I will use my martial arts training as my Cardiovascular and work around my Weight training
    I will put on 10kg at the minimum by the end of the Year
    I want to be able to enter at least 6 competitions for my martial arts by the end of the year.

    Relationship wise:
    I have just been very in a very serious relationship, including the fact it is my 1st and it has been nearly 3 years. It has ended due to, how do i put this. When someone is not thinking or seeing clearly due to the mist in front of them.
    But I can only hope for the mist to clear and live my life well and healthy.

    Spiritual:
    I have accepted many things in life, achieved alot in life, made things happen, and push myself to limits i never thought where possible.
    I have started to spend 5 minutes every night before bed to think about what I have done today and why.

    Business:
    I am at university, i want to achieve a 1st honor in my degree which is mechanical engineering. Very hard subject i believe but i think if I knuckle down anything is possible.

    Sorry for my English, i am trying to mix my understanding from another language into it. Hope it makes sense.

    And last note, Thank you Vince this article really made me get back on my own 2 feet.

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  8. I want to make more time for the people in my life that matter. I want to volunteer helping immigrants. I want to pay off my student loan. I want to weigh 115lbs. And lastly, but most importantly, start reading my Bible everyday and spending time with God. I am going to stop putting everything else ahead and make Him first priority as He should be.

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    • @Heather. Great stuff. Big priorities first.

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  9. I’m not going to go into great detail here but here we go:

    13-15 Chinups, 3 x 12 chinups (perfect form)
    60-75 Pushups, 3 x 40 pushups (perfect form)
    2 x BW Barbell Squat for 8 reps
    3 x BW Deadlift for 5 reps
    1.5 x BW Bench Press for 5-8 reps

    Learn 30 songs on guitar from my list
    Write 5 songs with lyrics and music
    Finish my MMA novel

    Be a nicer person
    Meditate once or twice a day
    Read Buddhism books
    Read atleast 50 of the 75 books on my list for the year

    Get my Can-Fit Pro
    Get my G License

    Save for upgraded engagement ring
    Save for Wedding (make a down payment)
    Save for Car ($5000-8000)
    Save for House

    Build Emergency Cash Wall
    Have enough in savings for emergencies
    Better budgetting.

    No big details but all of these are very important to me.

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    • @Kirpal. Next step. Put your “First action step” beside each of those goals.

      e.g. For the chin up one… “Ask friend to train with me on back day to help me.”

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  10. Vince, Dude! good to see you setting the goals…. before you write them down in ink i want to encourage you in this…. you have gone large with your mind… you have set your goals before and gone large with your body… NOW it’s time to set your goal to go large with your soul… instead of setting a goal for at least five minutes reading what someone else says about God, go large open the bible and ASK God what He says about himself…. no offense to brother max, but the fact is that reading devotionals is like letting somebody else workout for you…go new testament first and as God to grow you large in the matter of your soul… and START with a five minute “rep” of the bible and try to work up to an hour by the end of the year… you won’t be sorry, and be clear on this point, the true sustenance of ALL the rest of your goals, especially your wife, is dependent on this. I can be your workout expert on this, i am all about bulkin up Spiritually, I’ll even offer you FREE personalized training as a belated wedding gift if you want to take this offline!?!
    peace and grace
    lj

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  11. Hello Vince,
    I just wrote down my major goals for next year. I want to expand my online drivers ed website and complete my online traffic school. I plan to continue with my MYM workouts and reach my goal of 10% to 12% body fat and add another 10 lbs. of muscle.
    I am going to devote more time to developing a closer relationship to my wife and adult children along with my other family members. I plan to stay close to my Lord and savior. I read with interest your goals for you and Flavia. Here is a word of wisdom I learned some time ago. “Never ask a woman what she thinks (unless it has to do with business) ask her how she feels about it.
    As a high school football and tennis coach I will continue to inspire young men to work toward their personal goals. I find your DVD’s very inspiring for myself and think of you as a good friend!
    Good Luck in 2011!

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  12. Hey vince, i am in the military and prior to going to basic training i tried the XFLD you and Joel Marrion put together. Before starting the diet i was at 135 lbs and fairly muscular at 10% body fat, however i was not as ripped and toned as i wanted to be. In just one month (like the diet said it would-30 days) i dropped down to 5% body fat and weighed in at 133. I was ripped and toned, the body of my dreams-almost. I didnt have as much muscle mass as i wanted. I still had quite a bit- enough so i wasnt like skinny ripped-but not what i had hoped for. Going into basic i lost all of that. I gained 20lbs. of almost pure belly fat. My muscle mass actually decreased, i was depressed to see what i used to be and to now look at what i had become- this once ripped stud now with smaller arms pecks AND a beer gut! I am now out of basic and hopped back on the diet ASAP and in 10 days lost 10lbs and am starting to see my muscle mass increase, however still not what i would like to see. As a side note i had this idea that upon graduating basic training i would have tons of stacked on muscle. On this assumption i told my buddies back home i wanted to come back with pecks bigger than Dolly Parton’s boobs lol! However i was sadly mistaken. I leave in 5 days to my duty station and have a chance to start making this dream of mine a reality! I plan to buy the no nonsense muscle building and make it my goal. I appologise for giving this whole shpeal and my story but its the background of this goal and what i want to acheive above all else. I plan to get back to weighing 155- hopefully getting to 160-170- like i did in basic EXCEPT all that weight being pure muscle mass not pure belly fat! and get back to having the coveted 5% body fat beach body! – HOOAH!!

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  13. Hey Vince,

    I think the most important lesson I get from this post is not just to write down your goals for 2011, but to start working and thinking of your goas before the year ends. Too many times in the past I’ve found myself planning the year on January 2 or 3. Instead of starting on December 1 like I did this year. Is going to be an awesome year and I hope you can achieve all your goals for 2011.

    If you are able to achieve the first goal in the relationship category, let me know because I always forget what my wife tells me because I’m always thinking of the future. Take care Vince and happy holidays for you and your family.

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  14. My #1 goal is to let Jesus Christ be more important to me than ever before. To spend as much time with HIM as I do taking care of my body. To step out of the boat and take part in the supernatural more. ( I am glad you have a spiritual goal Vince as we are triune beings.. mind, body and soul.

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  15. A few of my goals written in “I” statements and as if they have already came to pass (the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference).

    I am a successful leader and manager. I know my job better than anyone else.
    I am confident and carry myself as a true professional in all walks of my life.
    I enforce the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All that I do.
    I am wealthy in both health and finances. I earn well over $100,000 per year
    I am the 2011 Arkansas State Time Trial Champion, Cat 4/5 Division and have the jersey to prove it.
    I weigh a healthy 165 pounds because I eat a healthy, nutritious diet and exercise daily.
    I’m an excellent communicator.
    I’m a wonderful husband and father.
    I love my family and my life.

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  16. I’ve recently listened to Brian Tracy’s “The Ultimate Goals Program” and he recommends writing down your goals each morning and evening without referring back to the previous day. I’ve just started using this method and will report back in 30 days.

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  17. Thanks for sharing. After reading your post I got out my notebook and wrote down my goals for 2011. My top goals for 2011 are to get my personal trainer certification and get down to 12% body fat.

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  18. Thanks for sharing Vince, it’s really made me think about doing this myself. And I can’t wait until you release your new programs in 2011 :)

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  19. I think you have really thought of a good way to keep a good track of your life and ambitions with this way. Mine are a have a healthy happy and safe child. Expand and imploy someone. Get down to single digit body fat. Go to church once in a while.
    Thank’s Dom

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  20. Great goals Vince–I like the way you seek to be a balanced person. This motivates me to get thinking seriously about my goals for 2011. Thanks for setting the pace.

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  21. To compete in Miss Figure UK BNBF June 2011
    To be a well-trained vocalist and perform at gigs and events
    To make my business successful
    To open my Perfume Line by July 2011

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  22. I want to become a Yoga teacher by February and start teaching.

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  23. My one goal is to obtain more steady work playing jazz, at least two to 4 gigs per month.

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  24. Writing down goals should be a priority, but sometimes I need someone like you to remind me and hold me accountable. I did this before and it does work, now I have to get started before the day is out! My first goal is to actually get them written down today!

    Thanks Vince

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  25. Merry Chris mass for u I want to say first u are very good person u give us always valuable information more than 3years I’m reading all about you your programes how u work out in YouTube Facebook but you know my problem is I’m lasy guy i start and I stop so this year I decide to start with good fitness program I hope I will success and tks to u I wish a good new years 2011.

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  26. Respect Vince.

    Your writing always hooks me into reading more.
    Thanks for the tips. I always find pure gold bars as you
    share the wealth of your practical wisdom.

    May you enjoy your best year ever as you
    accomplish every one of your desires for
    the coming year.

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  27. Agree with this, thanks for putting out your goals to everyone they are motivational. I am now getting prepared to take on the 12 week challenge by using your 3000 calorie diet plan, will be uploading pics each month.

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  28. Great post, and so far the redesign is great. I will definitely write my goals down and post them on the 30th, but my ultimate goal will be to complete the 2nd part of YSPQ and start NNMB. So far Im in Week 8 and ive gone down 3% from 15% to 12%-this will be completed at the end of Feb, and NNMB will start the first week of April (after Upside Down training). Here’s to the New Year goals Vince-looking forward to using your template to make 2011 the best one yet!

    Darren

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  29. This is my first time so here it goes my physical goal is to gain 25 pounds of muscle by the end of 2011. Also making the last rep like its the first one, and keep working out and going big. For my spiritual goal is to keep on praying to god and go to church. My other goals are to go to school everyday and get my grades up. Also I want to be better to my brothers and sister and help my mom with everything I can and to support her with everything she does. Other goal is to not argue and fight with my step dad so that my mom could feel better. And my last goal is to be a better person.

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  30. On a future post I’d like to see some exact meal suggestions for muscle growth. Not just 3,000 calories per day or 200 grams of Protein but…
    Monday: Breakfast – Protein shake (Elite brand Whey preferably), 3 Eggs and a Banana,
    Snack – Cottage Cheese
    Lunch – Subway footlong Meatball sub, side salad.
    Snack – Protein Bar
    Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Baked potato, Veggies.
    Snack – Apple with Peanut Butter

    Tuesday: Same idea, different food. Keep food specific with brands when possible.

    Also, I don’t like fish, should I be taking fish oils, Omega 3’s, etc?

    Finally, I notice that you mention you take (or took) creatine. When I took creatine, I noticed that it was giving me a gut. Any advice on a specific creatine brand that will not hinder a six-pack goal?

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  31. Hey Vince!!! I wish that you would be able to reach your goals… And my #1 goal is… Right now my height is 5′ 11″ and I weigh only 58kg… so… I want to increase my weight up to 70kg so then I won’t be under weighted… I know that I will not fail… This is my first post on your blog and I’ll put another post when I weigh 70kg!!! I’ll be huge!!! Wish you all the best goal hitters!!!

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  32. Defintiely agree Vince! Thanks for sharing as I’m in the process of doing this myself. I’ve known and read about doing this for a while and have done it half-heartedly in the past, yet never fully committed or ingrained the habit.

    This year I’m mapping out a life plan which includes over 101 goals, prioritizing them and then TAKING ACTION!

    Thanks for sharing your strategies on HOW you have become so successful. Hope you had an awesome Christmas and looking forward to another great year in 2011!

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  33. “If I knew I would not fail, what would I do?” That’s the one thing that really struck me in this article. I’ve chosen not to do so many things because I was afraid of failure, but after reading this, I just feel like “who says I’m going to fail?” I’m about to write my own goals for the new year with that in mind. Thanks for inspiring me.

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    • @Mondupe. That’s pretty powerful isn’t it?

      Thanks for all the feedback so far. Don’t wait until tomorrow… start writing those goals TONIGHT.

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  34. I think the “why” is one of the most important things! if you know the “why”, the “how” will follow!

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  35. I’ve slacked off on setting goals. here’s the kicker…I know it works! A few years back a friend challenged me to write down my goals and place them in a self addressed envelope, at the end of the year he would mail them back to me. I had forgotten about them until I received the envelope the following January. Here’s the results, of the 10 goals i had written down, 8 were completed.

    If I could add one thing about writing goals down…the “how” is irrelevent.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Eric

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  36. Hey Vince thats awsome that you have personal devotions on their. Its so interesting to see how personal fitness and spiritual fitness are a lot alike. TThe more time you put into it the better you become. Thanks for the physical and spiritual inspiration.

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  37. I think a lot of people think it sounds easy to work out what you want but really feel it isn’t. I think 2 big reasons why people find it hard are – 1) They don’t believe in themselves as in they don’t believe they can ever be what they want to be or get what they want to get and 2) is they are scared of what they will have to deal with if they make the decision to go after what they want. As in they may know what they want but out come the excuses of how it may effect their certain parts of their life in a negative way for a while or if the risk is worth it or what happens if it fails etc etc. Many will say “but it is not so easy going after what you really want”. Well it really is as easy or as hard as you make it. You kinda just have to weigh against each other what you want more – what you really want or what you have now. In the end I think one has to think about whether you will regret more not going after what you want or going after you want. There is that saying – Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time, its regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. I know one of the best feelings in life is that of achieving things. Now imagine going after and achieving the things you really want compared to just achieiving the things you have to. Food for thought!

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  38. Great stuff, Vince. Since meeting you in Toronto back in June, I knew you were someone to pay attention to. What your dad did for you is EXACTLY what I want to do for my 2 teenage boys, as well as my 2 toddlers. Going to make it happen this week.

    Take care,
    Andy

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  39. Thanks for the great post Vince! I giggled at the one you wrote about listen to Flavia so she wouldn’t have to repeat herself. I am always bringing up the same things too and my wife kindly has to remind me “dear you just brought this up yesterday and we spent time discussing it”.
    Anyways as far as goals, at the momenet for me it’s the same as Ben, get my goals for 2011 finalized and ethed in stone. For me a big thing though while creating my goals is to dream BIG! Although in the past I have achieved the goals I set out for myself, I do wonder how much more I could have achieved and how much faster I could have achieved those goals if I had set bigger goals. I think it is very easy to just come up with goals that are safe or seem easy to achieve – maybe we do so at the time because we don’t want to disappoint ourselves by not reaching the BIG goals BUT at the end of the year (even though most goals have been achieved) it always feels a little disappointing because I can’t help wonder “what if I had mad my goals even bigger”! So this year I just want to GO FOR IT and be brave and set some BIG goals. So thanks for sharing the awareness and importance of that. I definitely see you as a role model – not just for the fitness stuff but for your insights into life. I think to myself “look at how much Vince has achieved in the last 5 years by following simple life guidelines”. And it makes me realize that there is no reason at all why I can’t do the same!
    Looking forward to your new youtube channel. Will it be for fitness or life lessons or a combo of both?
    Cheers mate!
    Roman

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  40. Vince,

    Love the site redesign! I plan on doing that myself. Also…you get a lot done each year! You have inspired me to write my goals down this year.

    Been digging your last few posts,

    -Rusty

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  41. I’ve never really considered writing down goals as a priority, but I can see how it could hold you more accountable in the end. Great idea! First goal, to actually get them written down now! Thanks!

    Shaun

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  42. Vince, great post. And perfect timing. My goal for this week is to do exactly the same thing, get my goals for 2011 finalized and etched in stone. Then start the year ready to take massive, focused action.

    If there is ever anything I can do to help you at all reach any of your goals above, let me know, my friend.

    Here’s to a wildly successful year!

    Ben

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