If you have been committed to reaching your goals, I have the secret to reach them even faster…and it’s not enough to be consistent if you want to make some big leaps forward. You have to start challenging yourself in intervals so that you can start Compounding your results.
Nobody likes hitting their goals more than me.
My whole life has been just reaching for that next goal, trying to hit that next goal. How can I get there faster? How can I get there more efficiently?
I know what it’s like to strive to reach the goals. In fitness, in health, in career, and in relationships – that takes a lot work, right? Doesn’t matter what goal it is, I know the amount of work, effort, consistency, and commitment that it takes in order to hit those goals.
One of the things I wanted to bring up first and foremost was that none of us, absolutely zero percent of people, are going to reach their goals faster or get on this track of reaching their goals faster unless they’ve already come to a place of commitment.
What I mean by that is if you go back to the episode, “Breaking the Fitness Plateau”, I talked about reality in relativity to fitness mostly is like, “If we don’t hit that place of commitment in our fitness, then really there’s no sense in trying to think about fast tracking it to your goals.”
Until you’ve reached a place where you’ve accepted this role of wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, truly wanting to live the lifestyle and being committed to that lifestyle – not just going for the quick fixes, not just trying to lost the 10 pounds because you’re going on vacation – but to actually want to be healthy, to actually care about what that means for your body and your energy and for your career and for how you show up in the world with your family and for your spouse and as a mother and as a sister and a daughter, it really makes a difference how committed you already are to your goals.
If you’ve got a goal to build a business, then you have to have already become super committed to that plan of action. You have to have demonstrated already the belief that you can do it, that you want it, and you’ve been consistently working towards that.
I hope that makes sense to you even if you have a goal to improve your relationship. You have to be committed in that relationship and really want to make it work. You’ve got to be so committed already that this is something you truly value and you want to improve and that you’re willing to do the work and you’ve been doing the work, but now you just want to get there faster.
No matter what your goal is, if you’re not committed, there’s no point in reading further. You’re not in it for the long haul. You’re not really in that place of, “I’ve decided that this is truly the path for me. I’ve decided that this really matters. I value this. This is important in my life.” If you’re not committed right now, what I’m going to talk about in fast tracking it to your goals isn’t possible. You’ve got to get to that place of commitment.
Go back to episode eight if you would, because I talk a lot about that on the fitness side of things.
You have every talent in you to make your life what you want it to be.
If you’re with me, and you’re on board, and you’re committed to what it is that you’re trying to do – especially if it’s a change your physical, mental, and emotional energy and strength and stamina – That’s truly going to change all the other things in your life.
Committing to your fitness, committing to your health, committing to your mental stamina and your personal growth, which means elevating your confidence and your clarity and your self-acceptance and self-love, however you want to put it, overcoming the limiting beliefs that you have in your life – all of those things have to do with how we treat our body and our mind and how we talk to ourself every day.
If one of your goals is, “I want to get healthier. I want to feel better. I want to stop getting so down on myself. I want to find the love of my life. I want to get in the best shape of my life. I want to have more energy to spend time with my kids. I want to have more sex drive to be intimate with husband. I want to be more vibrant with my friends and not always be the negative Nancy,” are you committed to those things? You got to start really believing in yourself. You got to start taking the consistent action steps to move forward in that direction. That’s where it starts. That’s what it takes.
There’s the good and the bad once you’re committed
The good and the bad about being in this committed phase is that sometimes you find yourself stuck. You find yourself being consistent and doing the right practices and taking the right steps to get toward your goals, but the bad news is sometimes you hit a plateau and you just get into a pattern where you’re no longer growing. The reason that happens is because you’re doing the same thing. You’re not changing it up. You’re not challenging yourself. You’re not pushing the limits. You’re not adding variety. That can be very discouraging for people.
The good thing is is that you’re coachable. You truly are open to learning new things. You’re open to suggestions. You want to grow. You’re ready for more. Bring on the challenge baby! That’s what you’re saying, and I know it, right? That’s the good thing about where you’re at right now even though you might feel frustrated. You might be like, “I opened up this podcast, because I do want to reach my goal faster, and I’m so sick of being stuck, and I’m doing the right things. I’m eating the right foods. I’m exercising every day. I’m reading personal development. I’m listening to this stupid podcast, but why isn’t my life changing?” I’m here to tell you that it’s time to no longer use consistency as your clutch.
I love talking about staying consistent, but that’s for people that are trying to get started on their journey, trying to move forward in a positive direction. Whether it’s towards a healthier body, a healthier mind or soul, they’re trying to get going. They got to be consistent, because until they’re consistent they’re not really committed. Once you’re committed, consistency can no longer be your clutch. It’s got to be a compounding effect.
You’ve got to start compounding your results with new behaviors, with new challenges, and that requires some struggle. That’s going to require more effort. You’re coachable, so you’re in a good place right now. You’re ready for this.
For instance, when it comes to your nutrition, your health, you’re maybe eating healthier. I’m like, “So, you’re trying to get to the next level of your fitness. You want to be in the best shape of your life, and you’re kind of stuck. You’ve been doing the same thing. You’ve been at the same weight. You feel the same physically, and you want to reach your goal faster.”
I always ask people, “What are you doing differently now than you were doing two weeks ago?“, or, “What have you added into your nutrition, fitness, or personal development plan that is different now or has been added, compounded, on top of what you have already been doing for the past several months?”
Most people say, “I eat a healthy diet. Anna, I’m eating healthy, but nothing’s changing.” Because my friend, eating a healthy diet is expected, but that’s not going to get you to the next level of success anymore because that’s expected. Your body’s now comfortable. Your body’s like, “Sweet. I’m on a free ride. I’m feeling good.”
To get to the next level, what you’ve got to do is challenge yourself to the next level. What is the next level for you? What can you add? What can you do to compound your results? I go through the things that I’ve been doing for years. I’m telling you right now, I do way more than eat a healthy diet to be in the best shape of my life. It requires more.
One of the things I do every year is a Detox Cleanse.
I do a fully body 21 day cleanse, and it is something that is compounding my gut health over the years. Man, do I feel good after that cleanse. If I missed it for a year, can you imagine how much I would lose in my progress for my overall health? A lot.
Every single month, I take five to seven days, and I do what I call a tune up.
I have a course called the “Sexy in Seven Day Tune Up”, because every month, not every once in a while when I feel like challenging myself … Compounding. I’m talking about compounding results if you want to get to the next level, so you’ve got to do something different. I do five to seven days every month. It’s a tune up. No sugars. I mean, I eat fruit and I eat vegetables. It’s not a keto diet. I’m talking like no crap. No fried stuff. No sugars that are just unnecessary. Nothing in my coffee. Nothing in my food.
It’s important to me because I know I don’t eat that way all the time. Man, this girl lives a normal life. I love an occasional piece of chocolate. I like going out to dinner and getting a little tiramisu after an Italian meal. I like that occasional glass of wine. During those seven days of that month, nada. Nothing, because I got to give my body that challenge. I’ve got to push myself.
Every quarter of the year, I do a mini gut health cleanse called the Three Day Refresh.
It is three days where I’m taking extra fiber, I’m taking a total sweep of my gut by drinking this protein super food shake, Shakeology as well. Well, Shakeology I do every day, but for three days I also add two other protein shakes and a fiber sweep, and I have a very light vegetable, protein based dinner. For three days every quarter. It’s a little more intense than my seven day tune up because I’m having fruits and vegetables and just these protein shakes, but do I feel good. Man, does my gut feel good.
You know how your gut feels good? It’s when your tummy is so freaking slim, and you’re eliminating so amazing that you’re just like, “Wow. I’ve never felt so energized, and my body’s never felt so regular.” Every quarter.
Do you see the compounding effect that I am giving my body when it comes to nutrition?
So many people are missing this compounding effect. They’re saying, “I eat a healthy diet.” I’m like, “Okay, what else?” That’s expected. If your body isn’t changing, and you want to get to the next level, and you want to feel even healthier, then you’ve got to do more. You’ve got to do stuff that’s going to compound over the months, over the years, and change your body.
I remember Tony Horton when I was traveling with him in Korea. We were on the military tour together, and I was helping him in that. He pulled out a handful, like a whole palm full, of vitamins, nutrient supplements. So many things I don’t even know what was in there.
He goes, “Anna, every day.” This guy drinks Shakeology every day. This guy also takes like a cup full of almost all these little nutrient supplements every single day. He’s the healthiest guy. I mean, he is so freaking healthy. He’s watching me eat toast, and he’s like, “How’s that going to give you some energy today?” I look at myself back then, and I’m laughing to myself, because it wasn’t going to give me energy that day, right? He really values his body and his health and his energy, so he does way more than just eat a healthy diet.
Maybe some people don’t believe in supplements. Maybe some people don’t believe in powders that are filled with super foods and nutrients, or maybe some people don’t believe in pre and probiotics for gut health and they just want to eat fermented foods. Then do it, but do it regularly, and do it to the next level. For me, I know what works for my body. Find what works for your body and push yourself. Challenge yourself. Don’t take it easy right now, because if you want to get to the next level, you’ve got to step it up.
I’m getting real with you right now, because I’m sick and tired of the people that are consistently doing the right things, but then they get discouraged because they’re not moving forward.
They tend to give up. You’re at a place right now where you’re on that bridge. There’s so many people on that bridge where they’ve been doing all the right things. They saw quick progress. They saw the weight loss. They saw the changes in their body, and then they hit a plateau, and they started being at the same place, at the same pace, and they started to disengage with it. They started to lose belief that they could be successful in the ultimate goal, the big goal, that next level goal, because what they were doing for so long is no longer working the same way. They’re at a critical point right now where they might give up. They might go back to unhealthy ways. They might quit.
They might just go back to, “Uh, every once in a while. Every weekend I’m just going to binge out on this crap food and drink a bunch of wine and give up on my fitness.” That compounding effect will certainly take you in the opposite direction because it has the opposite effect. You got people that say, “Well, I eat healthy during the week, but on the weekends is when I just eat like crap. That’s when I drink too much wine with my friends, and that’s when I don’t usually get my workout in.” I’m like, “Hm. How’s that working for you?” It’s not going to serve you, because every weekend compounds and it just compounds.
Imagine the weekends where you’re healthiest for at least one weekend out of every month. How would it be if you eliminated that stuff from your life for one weekend a month like I do with my five day, my tune up? What would it be like if every year you did a cleanse? What would it be like if every three months you did a mini gut health cleanse? What would it be like if you drank extra superfoods or you started to incorporate other fermented foods into your diet to help with gut health? What do you think would happen?
Yes. You know it.
I know that you know it. You got to believe that this is the next level for you. This is how you get there faster.
I’m not lying to you. I’m not even trying to sell you on anything.
I’m trying to sell you on the actual belief in yourself that you can get to the next level if you take yourself to the next level. That requires you. That requires you taking on the challenge, you pushing yourself, and you going there.
Even when it comes to fitness, people get into a rhythm. They love it. They’re like, “Anna. I’ve been working out with you for like six years on POPSUGAR.” I’m like, “Yes, pound. Awesome. How are you feeling?” “Feeling good, but I’ve got goals. I’ve got goals I want to reach. I’m just not really hitting them yet.” I ask them, “Well, what else are you doing other than the POPSUGAR workouts?”
They don’t have an alternative. They’re doing just that consistently, which is great. They’re committed. They’re consistent, but you know what I’m going to say right? Yeah. You’ve got to take on a new challenge.
You’ve got to push yourself differently.
You’ve got to go to the next level. Maybe it’s trying a new type of exercise modality for your body and giving yourself that little change once in a while. Maybe it’s setting a goal to be in a competitive race so that now you’re training for something more. Right? You’ve got to decide, “What is the challenge that I’ve got to take? What is the way that I would push myself right now?” I don’t know that.
That’s what I get on calls with people about because they tell me they’ve got goals and I’m like, “Well, what have you been doing consistently?” I got to know if they’re committed. I also got to know what they’ve been consistent with, so that I know what they need to do to challenge themselves.
The body doesn’t change without challenge.
It’s just like when we go through personal struggles. It makes us stronger, because it’s a challenge. Just like fitness. We get stronger because we started working out. We started training. We started moving, and our body was like, “Woo, whoa. Thank you.” Right?
The same thing goes with just keeping that positivity and that confidence isn’t enough. We got to continuously work on ourself. There is absolutely nobody I know who feels their best, has their greatest amount of confidence, and feels like a leader and amazing role model, who is not consistently working on themselves and constantly investing in reading and personal growth and journaling and meditation and stimulating their mind and emotions so that they are stronger from within.
I just can’t imagine not continuously soaking up information that stimulates me to want to be a better person, to want to be my best self. Otherwise, I would get stagnant. I’d get caught up in other people’s opinions. I would get bummed out by the negative comments on YouTube. I would fall into a slump if I wasn’t always building myself up.
Right now, if you’re like, “You know, I’m usually positive. I’m usually confident, but sometimes I just have a day where I want to hide and I want to cry,” I have been through those days. I wasn’t working on myself. I wasn’t reading. I wasn’t investing time in developing my mind and developing my spirit and really self-empowerment. I wasn’t taking the time for that, and you know what? I didn’t really know who could be my mentor at the time. I didn’t know who I should look to. I didn’t know what books to read. I didn’t know what I needed for that. What does that require of you? It requires you to ask. It requires for you to reach out, to engage, to ask questions, to go on Google.
Trust me. It’s all out there.
I follow the gurus now like Brendon Burchard and Darren Hardy when it comes to business and success because they build my business and success muscles up and my confidence there.
Brendon’s a high performance coach; I’m a high performance coach.
You’ve got people like Brené Brown and you’ve got people like Amy Porterfield. Well, she’s my marketing guru. She makes me feel super stimulated when it comes to business. You’ve got Robin Sharma. You’ve got leadership you’ve got John Maxwell. There are so many wise people out there ready to fill your tank, but you’ve got to be open to growth if you want to get to the next level.
I talk about those leaders because there’s a lot of people out there that want to grow their career, they want to be a better leader, they want to work with their teams on another level, they want to live in their relationships at a different level, and they want to grow as human beings and be the best person they can be, but they’re not consuming anything. They’re not challenging themselves.
When I do a seven day challenge on mind management, you got to get in there. Especially if your mind is feeling tired and sad and depressed and lonely. Especially if your leadership feels like it’s lacking, and you don’t feel the confidence to lift your team up and be the leader they need. You’ve got to be proactive in these things.
I know this is heavy stuff, but to reach your goals faster, bottom line requires you to challenge yourself.
It requires you to have compounding results that make you better. Whatever that compounding needs to be, it’s got to be on the positive end of things, otherwise the negative compounding is going to take you in the opposite direction of your goals. Those people that like, “Ah, I used to journal every once in a while, but I haven’t done it in like four months”? Not really going to get you there. “Well, I used to listen to personal development or I used to read books, but I just don’t have the time any more.” Find the time.
You’ve got to do this work.
You’ve got to invest in you, and if that is truly what you want, you’ll get to the next level. You’ll get to your goals faster than you’ve ever freaking thought possible. It will happen faster than you can even imagine, but you can’t just be consistent any longer my friends. You’ve got to compound new challenges and new ways of doing things so that your results totally launch forward, and you get to the next level of your life.
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