“Start Each Day With a Task Completed.”

September 20, 2017

The Unite to Ignite team transformation challenge, while providing an excellent platform for setting some great goals and obtaining amazing results, can be overwhelming for some. Maybe you already drink enough water, strength train regularly, and eat pretty well, needing to only make some small adjustments here and there. Others maybe only do half of that currently, and putting it all together may seem terribly overwhelming, especially if we have a rough day. Have you ever been absolutely killing it on your meal plan, but then you slip and have a cookie and think, “Great! I’ve had one and ruined my whole diet. I might as well eat 3 more!” One mistake does not equal failure, and setting a bunch of goals at once and getting overwhelmed is also not failure. This is why doing things step-by-step, one change at a time, is so important. Making changes can be hard, and you have to start somewhere, but you don’t have to start with everything all at once.



I’m going to provide an example regarding nutrition. More specifically, meal prepping. No doubt meal prepping takes some extra time and effort, but in the long run, it’s going to help you get the results you’re looking for. Maybe you start with remembering to grab a shaker cup and some protein powder every day. Then in addition to that, you start packing healthy snacks. Once you’ve got a handle on that, you start making meals ahead of time and bring those along as well. You do not have to become a superstar meal prepper overnight. Take one step at a time. That being said, you cannot climb the staircase too slowly, or you’re not going to get very far in a given time period.

Still a little unsure about the meal prep concept? We do a meal prep workshop a minimum of bi-monthly through the Hy-Vee Simple Fix program at Hy-Vee in Brooklyn Park! Our next ones are October 25th-26th from 5pm-7pm. We typically do 7 meals that have 4 servings each. The cost is $150-$180 per person, depending on the meals prepared. We do a variety of cuisines with various protein options and substitutions available along with the option to do dairy free and/or gluten free if your diet requires it. Space is VERY limited at 12 people per night, so if you would like to reserve your spot, please email Shannon Smith at shamarie@hotmail.com



If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, some of your Fuse coaches’ favorite videos is Admiral McRaven’s Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin in 2014. In fact, this video is partially what inspired this blog post. Focus on the speech’s main takeaway, especially in regards to setting goals and achieving results, which is to “start each day with a task completed.”



Admiral McRaven’s 10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training:

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

  4. If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

  6. If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

  10. If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.


Now I was purposely vague with the above summary because I REALLY want you to watch this video. In all honesty, it inspired me to make my bed this morning. I’m also proud (and surprised) to say that it led to me doing several other productive things this morning. Accomplishing the first task of the day, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can give you a small sense of pride regardless of how the rest of your day goes. Accomplishing this small task sets the tone for the rest of your day and will encourage you to follow other tasks. The little things matter. “If you cannot accomplish the little things, you won’t accomplish the big things.” So pick something small, and simply start there!



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