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How to Get What You Want ASAP (But Still Be Okay If You Don’t)

How to Get What You Want ASAP (But Still Be Okay If You Don’t)

So many of us have thoughts and beliefs that stop us from reaching our goals. They’re like roadblocks set up between us and what we want in life. Everybody wants something that they don’t have. It’s easy to want things, but harder to get them.

If it was always easy to get what you want, then you wouldn’t want anything — right? There’s no sure-fire way to reach all of your goals, but here are a few tips that can make it easier.

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Ask for it.

This may seem obvious, but a lot of people have problems with just asking for what they want. Do you want a pay raise? Do you want to know if that guy you’ve been seeing is ready to get serious? Be confident, go to the source, and ask for what you want. This could be the easiest way to get it.

Quit waiting for the “right time.”

A lot of people put off going for what they want because they’re sitting around waiting for the “right time.” Well, if you keep waiting for the perfect moment, you could be waiting for a very long time. Sometimes you just have to go for it. So unless you have a really good reason to wait, start now.

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Make a plan.

One of the most helpful ways to get what you want is to make a plan and write it down. Set yourself some goals and write them down. Writing your goals down on paper is the key factor here. And for each goal that you have, give yourself a series of actionable steps that you can take to achieve them and do something to work towards them every day.

Focus, focus, focus.

Focus on the thing that you want. Block out your distractions, quit wasting time, and put your work and energy into the steps that you need to take to achieve your goal or attain the thing that you want. And don’t compare yourself to other people — that’s just asking for trouble. Stay focused on yourself and what you can do to get what you want.

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Believe it —

Know exactly what you want, down to the very last detail. Picture yourself already achieving your goal and be confident about it. Stay positive and believe that it will really happen. Of course, you can’t just believe it and do nothing to make it happen. You still have to work for it.

— and visualize it.

Spend some time each day visualizing what your life would be like if your dream came true. Picture yourself getting what you want. Thinking about it and imagining that it is happening makes your dreams easier to achieve. Visualizing yourself achieving your goals also helps you feel more confident, which can make it easier to get what you want.

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Network and build relationships.

Create relationships with the right people. Networking with people who are already in the position that you want, or have whatever it is that you want, can be very beneficial. It’s always good to have connections and positive friendships when it comes to achieving goals — especially in your career.

Act now.

Yes, the future is scary. What if you don’t get what you want? What if you fail? There are so many possibilities, but you can’t let fear stop you from acting on your goals. What if you get everything that you’ve wanted? What if you succeed? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather live a life of “oh wells” than a life of “what-ifs.”

Compromise.

Sometimes you just have to compromise and settle for what you get. As The Rolling Stones wisely said, “You can’t always get what you want.” If you’ve tried and worked hard, and you still didn’t get what you wanted, you might just need to accept it. Just move on, set yourself new goals, and don’t give up.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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