This step is probably the most straightforward step, as well as being quite possibly the hardest. On one hand, the hard work of figuring things out is done. It takes a lot of emotional fortitude to work through the first 4 steps. However, it takes the ultimate self discipline to do the work set before you. And keep doing it. Without quitting. Great planners who don’t execute their plans go nowhere.

This is all about habits. We all have habits, and we have a lot of them. Some of them serve us well, and help us move in the direction we want. Other habits are killing us, figuratively and sometimes even literally.

You almost certainly will not be able to do all of these 5 steps well. And that’s ok. Almost no one has the ability or aptitude to do all 5 of these things at a very high level. For example, goal setting requires higher level thinking skills like visualization and prioritization. Identifying and not tolerating problems requires you to be perceptive and good at information synthesis. Diagnosing well requires you to be logical and methodical. The doing part requires self discipline, a results oriented focus, and good work habits. I know I certainly don’t have all of these qualities in spades, and you probably don’t either. That’s ok! Weaknesses don’t matter if you find solutions and workarounds for them.

That’s a wrap for the 5 step process for getting what you want. We hope this has been helpful for you! We would love to interact with you about your journey with the 5 step process. Please like and subscribe – we would love to hear from you!

Staying in the Game

WPT presents Staying in the Game, a free injury prevention workshop for female athletes age 12-21. The goal of this workshop is to help educate female athletes on injury prevention within the lower extremity; Including the ankle, hip, and knee joints!

This workshop will review the basic anatomy of the lower extremities, the most common injuries that occur, and specific exercise programing to minimize the risk for injury. After an informative presentation, those in attendance will be placed into breakouts where they will be assessed on their deep squat, box jump, and Y-Balance test. These tests will give our PTs an opportunity to assess movement. For example, if a participant is doing the deep squat test and their knees are collapsing in, the PT will be able to provide cuing to correct this movement pattern as well as provide exercises to allow enhance strength into the deep squat position. At WPT we do not take a “one size fits all” approach and we want to bring the same philosophy to our workshops. We want to bring an Individualized understanding of participants’ unique movement patterns.

This clinic will give female athletes an understanding of how their movement is at baseline and steps they need to take to improve motor patterns. The workshop will also include topics like nutrition, mental health, sleep patterns, as well as managing training schedules throughout the year that will help prevent overtraining and burnout. Everything we will be talking about is based on solid research so you know you’ll be getting the best information possible.

This event will be held on Saturday, March 5th 2022 from 9:00am – 11:00pm. This event is totally free and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Design Your Plan!

Designing a plan. This is the fourth step in Ray Dalio’s Five Step Plan for Getting What You Want. This step is crucial to the process because once we’ve identified our goals and road blocks, the next logical step is to design a plan that eliminates the problems in our way.

The first thing to be aware of is being able to look at your circumstance and problem from a higher level and recognize that the outcomes you achieve are outcomes produced by a machine or system. Look at everything that is happening in your life (as it relates to your goal) and identify the aspects of the machine that are not working properly.

The second element is that making a plan is a lot like writing a movie script in the sense that you need to understand who is going to do what at what specific intervals in time. Not only that, but you need to recognize that just like there are multiple actors in a movie, there are multiple players in your life that will help you implement the plan. For example, at WPT there have been instances where the knowledge needed for a specific plan or task went beyond the walls of the clinic. In those instances, hiring outside consultants that have a high degree of proficiency in an area where I am weak has helped overcome obstacles that stand in the way of our progress.

The third piece of a well thought out plan is that it’s written down and can be measured against. This includes all of the specific details about who needs to do what tasks and when. If we cannot measure against it, we won’t know how effective our design is and what elements should stay and which should go.

We’re excited to bring you the fifth and final step to getting what you want in the next video. Stay tuned!

Diagnose Properly to Get at the Root Causes

When you’re on the trajectory of working toward your goals, you’ll invariably come across problems that stand in the way of your getting what you want (this assumes your goals are appropriately audacious – if you’re not stretching yourself you very well may not “fail”).

First focus on “what is” before deciding “what to do about it”. After you encounter a problem, you will come across a common trap that can typically befall us humans – wanting to quickly move to a solution, rather than sitting with the problem and accurately diagnosing the root of the issue. This can be a big problem, because if you move quickly to a solution, you’re much more likely to keep bumping up against the same issue down the road.

Here’s the beauty of diagnosing well – you get to learn about what you and other people are like, that way you can know what to expect. The tough part about this is it can be very uncomfortable. We as humans don’t like to sit with all of our weaknesses and inadequacies, and we also do not like pointing out those things in other people. Part of the time it’s because we’re blind to our weaknesses, but it’s much more likely our egos get in the way.

According to Ray Dalio “More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don’t is their willingness to look at themselves and others objectively and understand the root causes standing in their way”.

Our next blog will focus on how to Design a Plan to overcome your problems and keep on ascending toward bigger and better goals!