It’s time to make some changes around here don’t you think? Time to pull out all the stops.

I have had an incredibly relaxing vacation, I have climbed some mountains, recharged my batteries, and it’s time to come back to the real world. I can’t tell you how much I have missed the gym over the past five days. When you do something every single day, you start to lose appreciation for things. However, when you stop, boy do you remember why you were doing them in the first place. I also had this awful nagging shoulder injury that needed some time…and as far as I can tell, it’s feeling great.

So what are these changes I am talking about? Well, first of all, I updated my bucket list and am adding more. Where I failed this past year was not in setting the goals, but in going through a distinct process to actually achieve them step by step. I had some great goal coaching in the past, but I went through this process with another teacher and holy hell it makes things very very real. I am going to dedicate a post to this process so you will all be able to go through it too. Basically, you are getting all of your 5 senses (if possible) ignited and you describe the goal in absolute detail. It works…it really works.

One of the major changes that is going to occur is with the blog. No I am not stopping it, but I am looking to switch things up a little bit. It may have a different theme (to give me some more functionality) and I am going to start posting 3 times a day. Inspirational Snack in the morning, an article that I think is relevant or a piece of a book I am reading in the middle of the day, and writing at night. So look for these changes starting on Saturday because I am driving back from my vacation. What else is going on? Well I have decided that I want to get sponsored by a Fitness/Supplement company…and am making a motivational video etc to send to them to see if they will sponsor me. Of course this means I am going to have to maintain being in good shape, but also I am going to have to get stronger. What I am really excited about is that the Mr. Olympia contest is right around the corner (I believe it is this weekend) and I am a huge fan of a couple of the guys who are competing. No I am not at all about steroids (I really really want to have lots and lots of healthy kids one day) but I love some of their attitudes. My favorite time of the year is approaching. I love layers. And what makes it even better is that I love covering myself up in the gym. During the summer I can’t do this because I will absolutely die in a sweatshirt, but in the Fall, boy can I throw on some layers. Beanie, sweatshirt, thermals, the works. What this also does is help me mentally while I am working out. There is no ego involved when you look like the Michelin Man. But, underneath all the layers, there is the heat of transformation going on.

Sometimes in life, you have to be like the Karate Kid picture above, and no matter how bad you are down, you have to do a good ole fashion kick to the face of whatever is. Suck it up. We also have to remember that people out there have a lot bigger of problems that we do. I mean for real. Your problem is so much smaller than what other people are going through. I try to keep this in mind.

This blog has been one hell of a journey and I really enjoy sitting down here and writing almost every day. There’s that little part of me that wonders who is reading it, but then there’s another part that knows that it really doesn’t matter. When I write, I see the reflection of myself in the words that flow out onto the paper and also in the screen of the computer. I guess that what I write is a mixture of everything that I am, want to be, and aren’t. It is exactly what I dreamed of when I started the project. It was really interesting to go back through every single post and read away. The voice truly hasn’t changed that much, but the subject matter really has. In the book that I am making, I have split it up into 3 major sections revolving around 3 major life events. I am also writing introductions to those sections because I think there will be some explaining to do. Things out of context don’t really make 100% sense. So I am really excited about that. I have set a goal that by Christmas the final manuscript will be done and I will send it out to publishers etc.

To think, a few years ago I was an absolutely terrible writer, and now I am going to put out a book? The power of dreams.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project