January 14, 2015

Setting Attainable, Meaningful Goals

Happy Tuesday to You!

I hope you are all happy and getting back into the swing of things after the holidays.

Things are full speed ahead for me, but I’m excited to share with you today.

In my vlog today, I’ll share some tips on Setting Attainable, Meaningful Goals, which I’ll overview in brief in text here as well. I will then share some of what I’ve been up to lately.

Setting Attainable, Meaningful Goals

In my video, I start by sharing my 2015 mandala (mandala means wheel or vortex), and explain how it relates to setting your yearly goals.


I then take you through a basic explanation of the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether (space) as they relate to our lives, my 4 Doctor model (as it relates to goal setting), and performing an annual self-review.

Setting Attainable Meaningful goals Blk Bd

The basic correlations of the elements as I share them are:

Earth = Structure
Water = Rhythm and flow, as well as dilution and progressive transformation
Fire = Transformation, warmth, and metabolism
Air = Atmosphere, and thought
Ether = Space (potential space becomes relational space); do you have space for yourself in your life?

Goal Setting Categories
There are many ways you can categorize goals, but to keep it simple and practical, I share how to set them based on my 4 Doctor Living Philosophy model.

We begin with looking at the importance of Dr. Happiness, and the importance of having a dream, goal or objective for your year. I also explain the importance of recognizing and tending to your biggest source of challenge, or what I refer to as “your nightmare”.

I take you through Dr. Quiet, Dr. Movement and Dr. Diet successively, highlighting what is essential to understand about each of them as key goal setting categories.

I finish my vlog presentation (about 36:00) by giving you specific tips to help you set and achieve attainable, meaningful goals in each of the 4 Doctor categories essential to a well-rounded living philosophy. I hope you enjoy the presentation today!

To learn more about goal setting, please see my PPS online course: Goal Setting.

Mike Salemi Getting Ready for Kettlebell Competition

Mike Salemi KB Clean
Mike Salemi and I have been working together for two years now.

Those of you who follow my blog may remember that his Russian Kettle Bell competitions had come to a standstill because he had “arm pump.”

Arm pump is the lay person’s name for what a medical professional calls a “compartment syndrome”; this isn’t arm pump like you get from pumping iron in the gym, but a pathological form of arm pump where blood gets in to a muscular compartment and can’t get out causing stasis and…pain with weakness.

To make a long story short, I was able to quickly identify the cause of his arm pump, work with his therapist Jonny Suarez CP3, HLC3 and others to balance his body, and we were off to the races.

Since then, Mike has achieved one Russian Masters in the 32 Kg class, and we are now making our second run for Masters in the (very brutally challenging!) 40 Kg class.

Mike has been improving consistently and put on seven pounds of muscle since his visit last month, which was exciting to see. He is right on track with our training projections, and his body is in excellent working order.

This guy trains like a Samurai warrior, so there’s no discipline challenges, which is lovely for me as a coach.

While Mike was here, we worked on our new CHEK Institute Kettle Bell Training Certification program, which we hope to launch late this year.

We are all excited about the new program, and about having Mike teach it worldwide too. He’s really got a great mastery of the sport, and his 4 Doctor self-management, which is exactly what you’d want in an instructor.

While Mike was here, I gifted him with my painting I did recently, much to his delight and happiness! Thanks Mike for being such a diligent student and fantastic athlete!


My Recent Art

Painting is a form of meditation for me. I have always had a huge amount of creative energy, but as I’ve aged, I’ve lost my drive for expressing it so much in the professional arena, and gained a much greater appreciation of the importance of art as an aspect of my spiritual practice.

I love exploring the art, philosophies, and ideas of other cultures. I find it helps me have a better understanding of life and people in general, and facilitates learning new approaches to painting.

Paul and recent painting

I love the simplicity of most Chinese art, so I thought I’d take another crack at expressing myself through the use of Chinese symbols.

I asked my soul to guide me on what symbols I should choose, and this is what I was guided to paint. There are five lines, and the meanings of the symbols in each line (starting from the top going down) are:

1. To be perfect in every way
2. two (unique)
3. through
4. Love
5. meeting

This message can be read as a poem from the top down:

To be perfect in every way 
two unique

Or it can be read from the bottom up:

two unique
 to be perfect in every way.

I chose to use black in key places with the white to infuse some yin-yang polarity, since energetically speaking, both blue and white are yang/masculine colors.

I was happy with the energetic balance and was grateful to my soul for guiding me to such a beautiful message, top down or bottom up!

Remember, whenever you create novel art, there are “two unique”…you the artist, and the artistic expression that you have created.

When we create art, we do something special – We add life to life in the moment.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the blog today and that you feel inspired to perform a yearly self-review, set some realistically achievable goals, and to express yourself artistically.

Have a great week and I’ll look forward to sharing something with you next week.

If you like my blog posts, or my vlog posts (also available at www.youtube.com/paulcheklive), please share them with family, friends and those you feel may benefit.

Love and chi,
Paul Chek