Teammates, got some good news for you: Summer is here! It’s time for Mission TANGO ALPHA (T=Take/A=Action). Now what are you going to do about it? Summer is always known for good times but it is also a Perfect time to reset and recharge your life. Every summer I focus on family, fun and my future…my personal future goals. The first two objectives are up to you, but I strongly suggest you weave in time for yourself and your future. No one else will look after yourself better than you…not to mention, you’re the only one who can make it happen. And to make your goals happen three things need to be in place:
1. Define the objective – what’s the goal – it’s got to be measurable – if you can’t measure it, you can’t reward it, and if you can’t reward it you won’t achieve it! Example: don’t say your goal is get in shape; that’s not measurable, instead, say: lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks with a start date and an end date.
2. Understand the purpose of the objective – the weaker the purpose the weaker your determination will be in accomplishing your goal. In accomplishing any goal, your ability to persevere is your key to success – it’s all about persistence and the purpose of your goal will power your persistence. Example: I want to lose 20 pounds to look better in a swimsuit – that’s not a very compelling purpose – however, if you said I want to lose 20lbs because I’ll be able to live longer and do the things _____ that matter to me (explain exactly what those things are – hike a mountain, run a race, set an example for my kids, attract someone who cares about being in shape as much as I do, etc.), then you’ve got the building blocks of a stronger purpose that will fuel you when feel like slacking on your goal.
3. Find the right teammates. No matter what mission SEALs go on, it’s always as a team, the size of the team is determined by the audacity of the objective – some missions require 32 SEALs some require only 2 SEALs, but you are ALWAYS more powerful with a team. No matter what your goal is, find the appropriate teammate to help you complete it, whether it’s losing 20 lbs or finding your dream job, you’ll be stacking the deck in your favor with teammates that can support you in your pursuit of achieving your goal. Example – it’s a fact, you’ll be more inclined to continue you’re workouts if someone else is depending on you to show up – not to mention, if you’ve never lost 20lbs before, don’t you think it would be helpful to learn from someone that has??
It’s not hard to do the steps I’ve outlined above if you are willing to take the first step – and that is, Take Action…TANGO ALPHA. You can talk all you want to yourself, friends and family about your big ideas, but until you Take Action, your words are just that – fleeting puffs of breath that are meaningless until backed up by Taking Action. The beauty is, you can do it! Taking Action starts with getting out a pen and paper, and deciding what objective you want to have in your life – then creating the plan on how to accomplish it…don’t know how to accomplish it? Find a teammate that can tell you! Then you Take Action toward your goal EVERY DAY – each day you Take Action you’re building a new habit that will become a powerful new teammate that over time will help propel to new heights…but remember, habits don’t form overnight, they take time and repetition, so make sure you TAKE ACTION everyday toward your goal!
Enjoy this summer, it’s what summer’s all about. Make it memorable not only for the fun and fellowship you’ll have with friends and family, but also for the TANGO ALPHA mission you’re making happen. After all, if you don’t do it – who will?
Happy Summer Teammates – make it great!
CHARLIE MIKE — ALDEN