The day other day, I went through a mental exercise in my journal. I turned off the television and the music, put my computer aside and answered a few questions in my journal.

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Here are the questions I answered:

  1. Five years from now, how old will I be?
  2. What, specifically, do I want my life to look like then?
  3. What do I need to start doing, daily, to make that a reality?
  4. What do I need to stop doing, daily, to make that a reality?

You know what surprised me?

As I wrote about who, what & where I want to be in 5 years, not a single bit of it had to do with my weight or my body.

I wrote about where I want to live and what I want my home to be like. I wrote about the kinds of friendships I want to have. I wrote about hosting dinners & game nights. I wrote about playing guitar & singing by the fire. I wrote about marriage and what I want that to look like. I wrote about my work & my work schedule. What projects I invest my time in. But I wrote nothing about my body.

I wasn’t trying to avoid writing about my body, it just didn’t come up as a metric of success.

As much as I’m surprised by that, I absolutely love it.

Does that mean I won’t continue to work on my body and my health in the next few years?

Of course not.

But to me, it means I’m growing. It means I’m increasingly clear on what matters most to me.

That’s exciting.

Yes, I want to continue to bring daily attention to work, health, fitness & nutrition.

But, I want to bring more daily attention to creating the realities I wrote about: guitar. Friendships. Get-togethers. Romance. Connection.

Creating the life I want means infinitely more to me than creating a body I want.

And, I believe that as I continue to create the life I want, all the other parts of life, including my health & physique, fall into place.

As I pursue happiness, I prioritize health.

I’d love for you to turn off distractions, invest some time into answering those questions and then bring your daily attention to pursuing the future you desire.

It’s all possible for you, so get to work!