Goal Setting

Goal Setting
By: William McCormick / wmccormick@bluelinebjj.com
Blue Line BJJ & Hill Country Combatives
Written: 01/06/18


It’s that time of year again.. New Years Day has come and gone. Many of you put pen to paper and documented your New Years Resolutions. Well, you are ahead of others that didn’t even write them down because the first step to a successful out come is to write down your goal.



So, where do we go from here? How do we hit those 10m, 50m, and 100m targets? What is your goal? Is it a physical goal like progressing in Jiu-jitsu, deadlifting 500 pounds, running a marathon, or to loose unwanted weight? Are you looking to start a business, invest for retirement, or get out of debt? Do you want to become a better shooter with your duty firearms? No matter what your goal is you have to solidify it by writing it down. Your short term, transitional, and long term goals should all be written down so you can reflect on them after time to see how far you have progressed and verify you are still on course.



Every successful goal comes from proper research. With todays technology we have an almost infinite supply of information at our fingertips. Google searches on the interweb for your goal, books on any topic can be found on Amazon, your local library isn’t as scary as you think, and I highly recommend podcasts. With the advancements in podcasts there is almost instant information sharing on most topics. If you haven’t made the jump to listening to podcasts on your favorite topics you are missing out on a critical source of information. The amount of research you put into your stated outcome is tied directly to its success. You can say this is the most important and time-consuming aspect so far in your goal progression. See below for suggested podcasts in several topics.



Our progression needs to be documented. You need to look at your personal progression toward your goal similar to how you would prepare for a new job. Utilizing a BJJ journal or workout log is essential to verify and assess your progress. Brainstorm and document your wanted outcomes for a new business or sit down with an expert or ask for help from that friend you know is a successful investor to figure out what you need to do financially to save for retirement, invest for your child’s education, or pay off your debts.



You have your goal written down, you’ve researched the proper program or path, you are continually searching out info sources to gain more knowledge on your goal, and you are documenting your gains, what now? Its time to work! As you progress toward your short term, transitional, and long-term goals you need to have the discipline to do what your program or path says. You need to work through both the highs and the lows of your program. One quote that sticks with me is, “Don’t max-out.. Trust your program.” If your goal is to deadlift 500 pounds you can’t show up at the gym everyday and max out on deadlifts. You need to believe in the program you have in place. If you feel you have stagnated or plateaued with your progress, remember trust your research. As Jocko Willink says, “ Discipline Equals Freedom”. The more disciplined you are with everything you do the easier it will be to do everything.



Make sure your program or path has designated timeframes for progress assessment. As an example, if you are looking to get your Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 2018 you need to make sure you set up a schedule that will allow you to verify you have mastered the fundamentals of the required moves by testing. This can be done quarterly or monthly. Based on your assessment results you need to leave some leeway to modify course or add/ subtract parts of your goals. If you realize halfway through your program that your goal was unrealistic you need to put your ego aside to realign you end goal.



Remember, no matter what your goal is; only you can demand enough out of yourself to follow your program to reach your goal. Stay positive, the day-to-day grind is what will get you to that outcome. Go out there and crush those goals in 2018.

“Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt

If you have any working knowledge that you feel will assist others with their 2018 goals please add comments to the BluelineBJJ Facebook page or group.

Recommended podcasts to help keep you on task:

  • Jocko Podcast
  • Primary & Secondary
  • Global Recon
  • The Leadership Podcast
  • Mountain Tactical Podcast
  • TED Talks
  • Team Never Quit
  • Launch Code Podcast
  • Fieldcraft Survival
  • The Joe Rogan Experience
  • The Sheepdog Project
  • Jiu-Jitsu Times
  • Jiu-Jitsu Radio Podcast
  • Origin: Hands + Daylight Podcast
  • Cleared Hot
  • Barbell Shrugged- Talking Training
  • The Tim Ferriss show

Do you have any thoughts or comments? Please visit Blue Line BJJ or Hill Country Combatives on Facebook to discuss. Thank you for taking the time to read this and be safe out on the streets.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are entirely my own and are not to be taken as official views from the city or law enforcement agency where I work. Any techniques that are demonstrated or discussed are to be done at your own risk. Consult with your local district attorney and your agency policy before implementing anything learned on this site. Federal law, State law, and agency policy always trump my opinion.

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