New Year, new goals

We’re at that time of year when everyone is thinking about goals. What is it they want to do this week, this month, this year… or with this life.

But whether you’ve got a health and fitness goal, a career goal, a project goal, you need to break it down and really think before starting out.

Yes, you should really have a S.M.A.R.T goal (Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) You’ve probably got that covered. 

Also key to consider? Start with WHY.

Why do you want to do this? What is it about this goal that is important to you? I’m borrowing from Simon Sinek here, but our passions all hinge on the why.

Why is it you want to be fitter?

Why do you want to do a photo shoot?

Why do you want to achieve this level of professional success?

The root of this is your why, and what it is will drive you. Because you have to realize there will be hard work – and sacrifices along the way. Are you ready for the hard work and sacrifice? If you’re not sure, you might not be clear on the why.

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Why do a photo shoot? Here’s my why

Incredible shot by Paul Buceta

1️⃣ I need a goal. I get up before 5 am most days to workout, to sweat, to lift. I want to work towards something. For me that means regattas and improving my rowing – but also my strength.

Booking a shoot months in advance gives me something to look forward to and work towards. Tomorrow I commence a 12-month build. And yes, you’re damn right I already have a shoot booked for 2022.

2️⃣ I love capturing a moment in time. Progress. This shoot shows where I’m at. It celebrates my hard work, and marks my growth. I’ve invested time (and $$) into this body and my health – and I can see that.

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Quick filling meal on a cut

Fresh herbs are my go-to for edible pleasure.

Okay, so you’re on a cut. Carbs are precious.

At the same time, family is coming over for a pizza party to celebrate your youngest son’s birthday.

What do you do?

Well, here’s one thing you don’t do. You’re not touching that GD pizza. Especially, when you’re like I was on Sunday night – under four weeks away from your goal: a photo shoot.

Knowing everyone was eating ‘za, I knew I had to make something special. I love anything with pesto, so I made this cauliflower rice bowl IN ADVANCE (key) and sat down to eat it with everyone else.

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