QOD-200: When you're finished changing, you're finished. -Benjamin Franklin

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When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
-Benjamin Franklin

What Ben Franklin was saying here isn’t that just because you’re finished changing, you’re finished with the need to change. What he’s saying here is that you’re done. Kaput. As good as dead! Is that over simplifying it? I don’t think so. My role is to be part of your accountability team.

If you think change is over, then it’s over because you choose that course. You choose to be the same as you are now, FOREVER. If you choose to be finished with change, with growth, than you are f i n i s h e d.

I am a firm believer in growing, in changing. We are human, we are alive. Living things must grow. They change. My oldest friend, Bud Malmstrom, has what we call Budisms. A Sensei in martial arts, specifically the Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu system, Bud taught us that “Without Change, There is  No Growth”. As a living creature, we need to grow. We need to change.

We are always changing, growing. Until we die! At that point in time. Growth, Change stops! If you are finished changing, you’re finished.

I am celebrating another birthday next week. I have grown much in the years I have been alive. I don’t expect to stop changing or growing. Until I die. I still have a lot to do in my life. I still have goals, dreams, wishes. If I was perfectly satisfied with my life, I wouldn’t be satisfied with change. I would want to be better. I would want to help others be better,. I would want to help others grow. I would want to help others change.

I want to help you to change. I want to help you Get The Goals You Set. I’m not finished yet and neither are you. You wouldn’t be listening to me if you were.

What do you want to change?

What do you want to change?

My major focus of change this year is wellness. I’m not alone. It used to be that Losing Weight was the top New Years Resolution. This year, it dropped to #3. The #1 New Years Resolution is according to the White House and ABC News is:

To Live Life to It’s Fullest.

Number 2 is To Live a Healthy Lifestyle.

Number 2 is “closer” to where mine is.

If you’ve heard me talk about New Year’s Resolutions, you know they don’t work.

Resolutions, at the beginning of a new year or any other time, for that matter, DON’T WORK!

Why?  Look at them. They are vague and non-specific. They don’t follow any of the characteristics the 5 minimum requirement (SMART Goals) to be successfully achieved, much less the 9 Steps To Successful Goal Achievement that I recommend in my book of the same name. You can pick up your copy on Amazon by clicking on the link here.

Let’s look at the change I have for this year as I #WorkOnWellness as my goal, not as my New Year’s Resolution:

I will work out and eat healthy enough to lower my A1C to below 6.0 by July 1st and reach my goal weight of 185 pounds by the end of the year.

There are more specifics to what I believe a “healthy lifestyle” is for me in The What section of my Goal Achievement Success System that I have written down. Along with The What, I have also created The How to define what action steps I must take to achieve that goal. The action steps are the specific and measurable steps I must do in order to achieve The What. The last step was to know The Why.  Why am I wanting this change? Why do I want to live a healthier lifestyle?

If you know your why, your motivation for wanting to make the changes, you will be able to fight the battles that will happen when your subconscious mind and other start playing for the other team. You will be able to overcome those negative thoughts that make you want to quit, to Be Finished.

I don’t think you’re finished. I think you want to change. Whatever that change is, we are here to help.

Let us know what your change is. Let me know what we can help you change. I know you aren’t finished. I’m not finished. Let’s make the changes together.

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Thank you for listening to our show. I want to hear from you. What is your change you are working on this year? Tell us in the comment section of the show notes page. You can get to the Show Notes page at Goal Getting Podcast dot Com / qod200

Thanks for listening, Thanks for coming back if you are one of our many listeners. I thank you for making our last year a great success. It has been fun and you continue to inspire me by continuing to listen.

Go Out Today And Change the One Thing You Want To

Goal Achievement Success System

I want to help you get the goals you set and make this year the best year ever for you. Do you want to achieve your goals? Do you want to walk your own path and go where no one has ever been before? Does your subconscious mind play goalie for the other team, blocking your goals and dreams? You can change your mind and make it play for your team.

I’ve put together my Goal Achievement Success System to help you do that. The Mental Bank Program is a major part of this system.

I discuss the Mental Bank Concept in these three episodes:

Episode 34 – Is This What You Struggle With?

Episode 35  – Is Your Mind Killing Your Dreams? 6 Steps to Stop It Now.

Episode 36 – Success Is Not An Accident – Take That To The Bank!

Using the Mental Bank Program and the 3 Keys to Successful Goal Setting and you will have the best year of your life. You will change your subconscious mind into the Goal Getting Machine is was designed to be.

Subconscious Mind - Critical Mind Filter -- Change Beliefs

Pick up your copy of the Mental Bank Ledger we discuss in Episode 36 to use to reset your Subconscious Mind to work for your team. Get your copy at

GoalGettingPodcast.com/mbl .

The Mental Bank Ledger along with the lessons taught in Goal Getting Podcast Episodes 34, 35 and 36 will help you Get The Goals You Set.

Contact me if you have questions after listening to these 3 Episodes, 34, 35 and 36 and ask for help.


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