Battle Plans

I titled this post today Battle Plans for a few reasons. 1. I have been thinking about writing my yearly resolutions, starting December 23 2011 to December 23 2012. 2. My little cousin has been having a little bit of trouble…and the words “go to battle!” came out when I was talking to him today. One of the biggest things we talked about today was writing out a list of our complaints. If you sit and listen to yourself, you will hear yourself complaining about things. Take a pen and paper and write them out. The first time I did this, my collection was a page and a half right. Now, when you have the complaints on a list, write an arrow next to them and then write solution. The solution is not a general statement of what you are going to do, but rather a very specific set of actions…a plan to defeat the complaint. Complaints live within us like parasites. They feed off our weaknesses and make themselves stronger. What writing these complaints down does is make the parasite visible…the first step in eradication. Then, we write how we are going to solve these problems…which is the administered treatment. Lastly, we take the pill…which is our performing of specific actions. I will give you a few examples of what I am talking about. What is amazing is that all of our complaints are solvable…we just hold onto them because we are getting something out of having them there.

1. Problem: Knee pain ——–> Solution: Icing, stretching for 10 minutes in the morning and at night, wearing knee brace

2. Problem: Missing workouts ——–> Solution: Wake up an hour and a half earlier, hit the gym, plan workouts and schedule ahead in the week.

3. Problem: Eating ——–> Solution: Write in a food log, 500 crunches you cheat, ask someone to keep you accountable

4. Problem: Money ——–> Solution: Save 100$ a month in an untouchable account, read books, invest smart

5. Problem: Motivation ——–> Solution: Sign up @, read books, write, study

You see what I mean? It is all in our head. Once you get it out there on paper, they are so much easier to solve. Plan the work and work the plan. So, where does this lead me. Well, New Years Resolutions right? The problem with New Years resolutions is that every year people say that they are going to make a big change. I will do this starting tomorrow. The real issue is that you have been doing something for such a long time that there is no chance you can break that habit. I have been steadily gaining the motivation and the skills to get myself to this point. The point of being able to embark on a year-long journey, and dedicate a year to one word: challenge. For me, it is the year of the challenge. Breaking down barriers, going past where I thought I was or could ever go. I am going to challenge my mind, my faith, my body, my will…everything inside of me. I will also keep my integrity, which for me is the most important thing out there. I am going to post this on my door and on my bathroom window so I can read it every day.

Convincing actions

The best way to convince people that you will do something is to do it.

Promises can be broken, but actions and results cannot be denied.

The best way to sell yourself is to be yourself, without pretense, with sincerity and enthusiasm.

Your actions are more powerful and more genuinely compelling than any words or mere appearances could be.

The best way to make a good impression is to accomplish something truly impressive,

on creating real value and you won’t have to be concerned with what others think.

It’s great when you do what you say you’re going to do…

Even better when you don’t need to say what you’re going to do because it has already been done.

You don’t need permission or approval to move forward on your own initiative.

See a need and fill it, or find a problem and solve it.

Success is more than being able to wish, plan, talk, convince, promise and persuade.

Success belongs to those who take action

One year from now…I am going to take this picture below. You will be able to tell it is me because I have a couple of distant scars on my body that I will not be able to Photoshop in.

What are the resolutions?

1. Every workout, every set, every rep, every weight used is written down

2. My room is completely clean every single day

3. I read 50 books this year and write short reviews on all of them

4. I get 3 cheat meals this year…better use them wisely

5. Hustle, Patience, Big Dreams

6. Churchill visions will be widely successful.

7. I write in my blog every single day.

8. I bring my digital camera with me everywhere I go. I want to remember this year for the rest of my life.

9. I develop my friendships and relationship into something incredibly special.

10. I save my money.

I encourage you to write all of your dreams and goals out on a piece of paper and let everyone you can see these. Enlist people to keep you accountable for your actions. I sat in my car today thinking about all I have learned throughout this past year. What an absolute roller coaster. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way though. It is amazing how much things can change even in a year. I am confident going into the future now though that I have some great tools which will make this another great year. I have the confidence, the persistence, and the belief in myself that I can do it. I can achieve these things. To the year…starting December 23…a toast.

Evan Sanders

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  • Lee Broom
    December 23, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Every day in every way the betterman gets better and better. Have a good year BM. LBG.

  • Antony Bichon
    December 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Awesome Evan, inspiring, I stole some of your ideas 🙂

  • thewondermya
    December 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I LOVE your post ! you seriously rock !!!

  • thinkerandoer
    December 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I loved this: “Plan the work and work the plan”

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

      One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given. It is perfect. Execute. never forget to execute.

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • michaeldthomasphotography
    December 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Great post my Friend and I’m rooting for you!
    I can support all the the way up to the three cheat meals a year, that’s where you lost me!
    However, if you every do a competion at Venice Beach let me know.

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Are you in and around Venice Beach?! I am moving down to LA in the next two weeks. Always good to connect with fans down there. Let me know!

      If you’re a dreamer, go now…or you will regret it. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation

  • alexvoltaire
    January 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    nicely written, and elegantly thought out, sir.

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