You’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat

A handful of friends and I started the The Whole Life Challenge yesterday (you can register at here), and there's a few more joining today, but regardless of whether you register, I wanted to give you a tip about reaching your goals. I call it building a different boat.

Remember the scene in Jaws when the police chief sees the enormous 25-foot great white shark for the first time?

He looks at the fisherman planning to capture the shark and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

When your goals change, you’ve got to build a different boat. The environment you used to have won’t work. The habits you used to practice aren’t effective.

You have to act as if you have already reached your goal. Your boat has to reflect what you want your life to look like.

  • What would your kitchen “look like” if you were the strongest and healthiest you’ve ever been? Would it be packed with those tiny teddies, melting moments, chocolate. Or wine and cheese?

Probably not. It would probably be stocked with a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fresh poultry and beef.

  • Would you plan your meals in advance, or just approach nutrition with a willy-nilly attitude?
  • What time would you go to bed? Wake up?
  • Would you watch hours a day of TV, or would you do something else with your time?

Setting yourself up, preparing your environment, and building the boat is the easiest part of reaching a goal. Once you get things in order, you can put your mettle to the test.

Remember, the Whole Life Challenge is the framework for “trying on” a different lifestyle—one that is committed to well-being in all areas of your life. It’s your boat.

So think forward eight weeks, to March 14. Who do you want to be? What do you want to feel like? Look like?

The Whole Life Challenge is the framework for achieving this vision. Sign up here .