Burpees in the Boardroom

In Discipline, General, Leadership, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s a new month! I love beginnings. With goal setting, you can always reset or start something new at any time, but it always feels like something magical occurs on the firsts. First of the week, first of the month, first of the year…

So it’s the PERFECT time to evaluate where you are with your goals! Are you on track? Ahead of course? Painfully behind schedule? Below are 6 areas to consider, and questions to ask to get your energy moving in a forward direction.

Remember that one of the BEST ways to set goals in an area is to quantify it. It needs a number. So we don’t say, I’m going to read more this month. Rather the goal becomes, I’m going to read 1 book per week, or 15 minutes per day, etc. Our goals need numbers so we can measure them.

7 Areas of Goals That Serve You

Martial arts. Are you on track with your martial arts goals? Are you training consistently? Coming to class as often as you’d like? Did you decide on practicing at one once or twice per week? Are you committed to taking our online classes? Have you set goals for your flexibility? Pushups? Sit-ups? Your conditioning test?

Health. What changes in your health regimen did you decide on? Were you going to eat less meat? Cut sugar? Cut alcohol? (I can feel the glares) Try intermittent fasting? What is your water goal each day, and are you hitting it? What lifestyle changes did you decide on last month, or at the beginning of the year that needs to be re-evaluated? Or, have you heard of a good idea or something you want to commit to, and now is time to set that goal?

Money. Did you commit to earning more this year? Are you on track? Or saving more? Changing any habits with your spending? How is it going? Were you planning on giving more? Did you open that giving account? How about the IRA for yourself? Your kid? Did you want to start a side hustle? Are you taking the actions necessary to meet the goal?

Fitness. Did you sign up for that 5k you wanted to run? 10k? That race that has been on your to-do list? Have you made it to the gym like you wanted to consistently? If not, what hacks can you add to your routine that will get you to your goals? Do you need to wake up earlier? Maybe exercise when the kids go to sleep? Can you squeeze a workout in during lunch? At the office? (Burpees in the boardroom….you would be an inspiration!)

Family. What family goals did you set this year? Are you on track? One date per week? One outing per week? Family vacation planned and scheduled? Game time added to the routine? What memories did you want to create with your loved ones, and how will you schedule them in?

Philanthropy. How did you plan on giving back this year? What organization did you want to support? Or how did you want to donate? Your money? Your time? Your experience? Your knowledge? What can you do that will serve our community in a meaningful way?

Gratitude and Self-Care. What kind of goals did you set this year to take care of yourself? To feel more grateful for life? Any solo vacations planned? Weekend getaways? Have you been journaling? Reading more? Spend more time in nature? Turning off your electronics X amount of time? (I honestly can’t imagine…) Taking yourself on a date and spending time with…YOU? Are you getting those massages? Manicures and pedicures? Scheduled maintenance and self-care aren’t just for our cars…

Maybe you are crushing some of the areas listed above, or maybe you’re behind. It’s possible you haven’t set goals in some of these areas…EVER? No worries! My instructor taught me to look at every area in my life that I wanted to make improvements, set the goals, and get to work.

None of the questions above are judgments, only a nudge to get you thinking. At Super Kicks, one of the things we take seriously is teaching our students to become achievers. And to be an achiever, you have to set goals. And then you have to have the discipline and follow through to accomplish them. And sometimes you need a coach to just prompt the question 🙂

Karate students learning leadership in Ashburn

I believe we are happiest when we are serving others and making progress, so go after the things that make you smile! Keep reaching for new heights, keep training, pushing, and always remember that we are only limited by our imaginations and our drive.

Anything is possible! Have a great May!

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.