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The Trifecta: A Detailed Update Of My Top 3 Goals For 2023

I wrote an article at the beginning of 2023 detailing my top 3 goals for the year—the trifecta as I refer to them. At the end of that article, I promised I would publish a new blog post (on Dec 31 2023), updating you on those goals. This write-up is that update. While there were many setbacks and obstacles over the course of 2023, I can confidently say that, as a whole, the year has been a success.

Here are the top 3 goals I set for myself to accomplish at the beginning of 2023.

1. Train At Evolve MMA In Singapore

evolve mmaI started training martial arts in 2021. Almost immediately I knew it was going to have a powerful impact on my life.

My experiences this year have proven to me that I wasn’t wrong.

Case in point?

The accomplishment of my goal to train at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

This martial arts organization is among the top training facilities in the world and the best mixed martial arts academy in Asia.

I spent a month training there, learning from World Champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.

Moreover, achieving this goal threw me way outside of my comfort zone…

I traveled to an exotic country by myself, met many incredible people, and trained at one of the best martial arts academies in the world. As a result, I’ve developed a powerful belief in myself to get things done.

And although I still make mistakes and fall short at times, I know that when I truly want something, NOTHING on God’s green earth can stop me from getting it.

2. Earn My BJJ Blue Belt

bjj blue beltI started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2021. As a beginner, I had to don the chalky white belt representative of the novice martial artist. And since the beginning, I wanted to get away from that white belt as quickly as possible. I just didn’t want to be a beginner.

But we all have to start at the bottom when we dive into something new. Yet despite knowing this, I still wanted to get away from that self-deprecating white belt. So the set the goal…

And after two years of consistent training; two years of getting my face smashed into the mats; two years of getting choked out by men twice my size… I finally earned my BJJ blue belt.

3. Complete My First Spartan Race

spartan race

This goal was a big one for the trifecta. Why? Because I had failed at it numerous times.

I first set the objective to run my first spartan race in 2021.

However, I didn’t actually accomplish this goal until 2 years later at the tail end of 2023.

I go into the details regarding the challenges I had in this article.

Because of its difficulty, this goal is among my proudest accomplishments—period.

It stands as a benchmark and reference point for me that I can refer to when life throws challenges my way. Now, whenever I’m going through tough times, I can stop and say… “Alex, you’ve completed a spartan race; you’ve got this!”

How You Can Accomplish Your Goals For 2024 And Beyond

the trifecta

The accomplishment of the trifecta in 2023 has taught me a few valuable lessons about goal-setting that I want to share with you. These simple takeaways can help you with any ambition that you set for yourself in 2024 and beyond. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Have Faith

Nothing is possible without faith. If you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t. Plain and simple. You need believe in yourself and your capabilities. This is non-negotiable. So how do you develop faith? This is so simple; in fact, I’m not sure how many people will believe me because of how straightforward and unassuming this act is…

But here it is anyway. You can develop faith in yourself by keeping your word. Every time you follow through on what you say you’re going to do—be it large or small—you are proving to yourself that you are competent, capable, and trustworthy.

On the other hand, every time you fail to follow through on your word, you are proving that what you say is meaningless. As a result, you won’t believe or have faith in yourself when it comes to your big goals and ambitions.

So keep your word… It’s a small act but it can compound much quicker than you think.

2. Make A Decision

Most people are weak-willed. They don’t have the guts to make a true decision. Moreover, they don’t even know the true meaning of the word “Decision.” The word “Decision” has its origins in the Latin word “decidere,” which means to Cut Off. So when you truly decide on something, you are “Cutting Off” the possibility of any other option.

I accomplished the trifecta because I made the decision to do so. I gave myself no other option; my desire was so strong that it felt like I had to follow through. I didn’t see any other possibility for myself.

That’s what it means to truly decide.

3. Persist Until You Succeed

This falls in-step with tip number 2. Nothing beats persistence. It is the adhesive that glues your goals to your consciousness and, as a result, transmutes them into reality. Even if you fail again and again—which will be the case for many of your ambitions—persistence will keep you coming back until you win.

Nothing worthwhile is accomplished without you first passing the persistence test. However, if you can hang in there, it’s my conviction that you can have anything you want. I accomplished the trifecta because I persisted. I never give on myself or my goals—and neither should you!

Key Takeaway From Accomplishing The Trifecta

My key takeaway from accomplishing the trifecta is this: Make your goals a necessity. People have too many casual wishes and not enough definite desires. The difference in these two becomes evident in the results of success and failure. Failure for those who meekly hope for their casual wishes and success for those who persistently act on their definite desires.

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