Recently I have been reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and have come to the realization that this book is making a lot of sense with me and how I really want to live my life. I definitely don’t follow every habit precisely as Dr. Stephen R. Covey describes, but it has given me that spark I need to start focusing on the habits he talks about in his book that can improve my life.

One particular habit–habit 2: begin with the end in mind–has really struck me. This habit describes that you must envision what the end result will be on the various goals, objectives, and aspirations you have in your life. This doesn’t only apply to the most urgent things such as school and work, but perhaps, more importantly, your actual self and what you want to become. As a result, it has given me that extra motivation that I need to take that next step in strength training that will allow me to grow physically stronger while improving the mental and spiritual dimensions of my life as well (part of habit 7: sharpen the saw).

As a result, I have made some strength goals that I want to achieve by the end of this fall semester in the picture below:


Currently, here are my numbers for the lifts:

  • Power Clean: 225lbs
  • Hang Clean: 205lbs
  • Deadlift: 365lbs
  • Bench Press: 265lbs
  • Clean and Jerk: 215lbs

I know these goals I have will not be easy, but I am more than happy to take the challenge and see what will happen. Life is all about overcoming challenges, obstacles, and difficulties that force us to grow stronger in all facets of our lives and this is just another part of that. I have really neglected setting goals for myself recently and I think this is a great start that may facilitate grander goals in my life that I would like to see come to fruition.

So as I try to achieve my strength (and other personal) goals, I encourage you to do the same. Thanks again for stopping by and feel free to tell me your goals as it relates to strength training or anything else you would like to share in the comments below. See ya next time!

(I will keep you guys updated on my progress every now and then until the semester ends.)


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