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Importance of Positive Thinking: Part II

Last time I wrote about positive thinking, I talked about the importance of not making excuses about your failures. Instead, you need to use failure as a learning tool. By not making excuses, not only will you find that you will have more success, you will become a happier, more confident person!

This time I’m going to talk about the importance of thinking BIG in terms of your goals! What do I mean by that? Well, I’m going to explain this by giving examples of things that I have heard from customers and how they relate to their success (or failure).

Every time I get a new person to coach on Beachbody, I ask them to create SPECIFIC 30, 60, and 90 day goals for themselves. The most common thing I hear is, “What do you mean by that?” which is perfectly fine. I usually respond by saying, “Well, for example, you might create a goal that you will lose 10lbs by day 30, or maybe reach 11 unassisted wide-grip pull-ups by day 60.” Here’s the problem: the majority of people never send me their goals and don’t write them down. So why is it so important to create specific goals for yourself? Here is an example of two separate people that have gone through the program: one decided that creating goals wasn’t important and the other decided to create specific goals, writing them down and keeping track of his progress throughout the entire program.

Person 1: No Goals

I have seen this far too often, a lot more than I would like, because my goal is to help everyone succeed with this program. He is the person that decides that creating goals takes too much time, and decides to just skip it all together. He is the one that always comes back to me and asks, “Why don’t I see any progress after doing the program for a month?” I then ask, “Well did you keep track of your progress and push yourself with both the workouts and diet?” His response, “Well, my diet is OK, and no, I didn’t create any goals.” Just from being a coach for a year, I can honestly tell you that there is a direct correlation between creating specific goals and success with P90X.

Person 2: Specific Goals

First of all, let me explain that this person is rare, but is the one who has the greatest success. I remember about 6 months ago I had someone new join the program, and he ended up adding me as their coach. He emailed me and was SUPER enthusiastic about the program! He couldn’t wait to get started and even told me he was going to put 110% into the entire program for the full 90 days because he wanted to succeed that bad! When I read the email, I was very impressed and knew right away that this person was going to be one of the few that would actually stick with the program and dedicate themselves to both the workouts and diet. I then asked him to create specific goals and send them to me. What I received back I couldn’t believe! No joke, this email was like 2 pages long! To make a long story short, he had amazing success with the program and ended up completely transforming his entire life! Not only did his confidence increase, but he was now in the best shape of his life and happier than ever. Coincidence? I think not!

By creating specific goals and writing them down for you to look at each and every time you work out, you are doing something that will push you to have success. You see those goals, and that makes you work that much harder to reach them. You now have a direction to where you want to go, what you want to work towards! One of the most important quotes from the “Magic of Thinking Big” is, “The important thing is not where you were or where you are but where you want to get.” If you don’t know where you want to be, then how will you get there? You won’t, and will be one of the many people that want to get into the best shape of their lives, but fail after a few weeks. Think BIG, create goals, and you will succeed!

Independent Diamond Beachbody Coach


  1. Ostin /

    Can you give some examples of the goals? Apart from completing the 90 day program and reducing 10 pounds, I don’t know what type of goals to set

  2. You can set a goal to reach a certain number of reps by a certain period of time, usually one month. For example, let’s say you could only do 1 wide grip pull-up when you first started the program. You can make a goal to reach 5 wide grip pull-ups by day 30, 8 by day 60, and 12 by day 90. You can create specific goals like that with just about every exercise in the program. You can also create goals as to how much weight and body fat you want to lose as well. The more specific the goal, the more and likely you will push yourself to reach it.

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