Having goals in life is essential – especially when things look chaotic. So this year, take some time to really think about those goals. And remember, just having good intentions alone changes nothing. Nada. Zilch. You can make resolutions all you want — but a resolution without a plan is just plain old wishful thinking. – Dave Ramsey

How can we set goals and stick to them? We need a plan and dare I say a proper partner. In September of 2020, I set out to become sugar-free, freeing myself of the toxic addiction to sugar and as a result losing weight in the process. Without the consistent support and mindfulness of my better half, Seema, along with my entire team at Island Ship Center, I would never be able to accomplish this goal.

Every day, for 30 days, I sent a video on WhatsApp with my exercise routine to Anthony, my personal trainer and videographer at the store, proving to him that I was sticking to my word and my routine.  

I posted my progress after 40 days on Facebook as well, and received much more encouragement. I then went out to dinner with Seema on the 60th day, tried a scoop of ice cream for dessert, and had to spit it out because it was too sweet. I knew I was in the right direction. 

As I write this note, I’m past 120 days, still sugar free, and wanting to go for at least another 6 months before consuming any sugary sweets, even in moderation. 

So, what will your goal be for 2021? Write it down, share it with one or two accountability partners, then begin. Don’t share any progress until at least six weeks of consistent action. Lisa Nichols states so eloquently, “Awareness + Action = Transformation.” So, go ahead, take that first step and make sure you have the right people around you to hold you accountable when things become difficult.

With gratitude, resilience, optimism, and collaboration, on behalf of Seema and the entire Island Ship Center Family,

Fahim Mojawalla (#FahimFix)

P.S. Here’s a book that we’re all reading now on our team: Believe In People: Bottom-Up Solutions For A Top-Down World by Charles Koch