3 Tips for Achieving Your Goals; Upcoming Workshops; Update on John Garey TV


Hello JGTV Friends!

We are officially 4 weeks into 2018.  I, like many people, use the beginning of each year to set goals, assess the previous years goals, and gleefully set out to impact the world and be a better person.  But also like many people, I find that it’s harder than I thought to stay on track.  There are things that get in my way which slow, stop or even reverse my progress.  For most people, including me, resolutions fall off at this point in the year.  Old habits march back in with a vengeance.  And, the brain seems to forget what we set out to do just 28 days ago (or less).  Check out my top 3 ways to stay on track in 2018.

3 Simple and Effective Ways to Stay on Track and Achieve Your Goals

1. Make sure you see your goals each day!

I use a vision board.  I put words on it that inspire me, and I put my goals on it as well.  My goals are specific and clear, such as the number of new subscribers I want to achieve for John Garey TV this year. (hint: lots and lots) Some goals are short term (daily, weekly, monthly and annual), and some are long term (5-10 year and lifelong goals).

I use images as well on my board because I’m a visual person.  So I have lots of images that inspire me and remind me of my purpose and vision. My vision board is in my office right in front of me.   I start my day looking at it to remind myself of what I intend to accomplish. Then, I get to work.  I’m constantly reminded that my actions, as well as my mind set, will determine whether I achieve my goals.

2. Do one thing toward each goal, each day.

That’s all I commit to – just one thing.  I know from experience, and Neuton’s 1st law of inertia, that an object in motion, stays in motion.  So once I do that one thing, I usually get motivated to do more.  If you only commit to one thing (no matter how small), you’re not overwhelmed.  Keep an action list handy to help you keep your commitment.  It makes it a lot easier to get something accomplished and check at least one thing off of that list a day – progress is progress.
I use sticky notes pinned right to my monitor with the things that I’m going to accomplish that day.  As I get them done, I get a strange satisfaction from pulling them off the monitor and throwing them in the ‘done bin’ (trash can).

3. Remember the saying by Stephen Covey, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” 

It is so easy to get distracted.  It’s one of the most effective ways our subconscious uses to sabotage us.
And these days, it’s easy than ever with our “smart” technology.  How many times have you checked your phone or computer (for just a second), only to get pulled off track for 20 minutes or much much longer?
Social Media is actually designed to do just that.  It’s also designed to start to make you angry and fearful – ever noticed that?  You start out enjoying posts from your friends and family, and then before you know it, you’re watching a sad video about a poorly treated dog (I admit, that might just be me), or reading a political post that makes you furious, or reading the news headlines on the side of the page and click, click, click – you’re totally off focus.

Those two emotions (fear and anger) are what the share holders of social media want you to feel, because then you’re hooked (addicted really) and more likely to look at ads and buy something.
Here are two easy fixes for that:  Set a timer for a 5 minute, social media break once or twice during your workday.  This will help you stay on track and not feel like you’re missing out on something exciting that I’m doing.
Note: I actually take a work break twice an hour – I set a timer and get away from the desk.  I play with the dogs or do a quick chore around the house (I obviously work from home), or I take a quick 5 minute exercise break.
Research shows that short breaks help you to focus and improve productivity. 

Bonus Facebook hack:

Did you know that you can filter what you see on Facebook?
Most people know that you can filter individual posts within Facebook (unfollow is an easy one), but if you use Google Chrome as your browser, you have the option of filtering out most, or all, of the political posts from your feed.
Check out this google chrome filter extension.
It seriously keeps me sane and helps me to stay on track. Staying connected to my Social Media followers and JGTV Subscribers is something that I value and that is important for my business.  I try to post something about John Garey TV and John Garey Fitness & Pilates and me that’s relevant to you every day and sometimes multiple times per day.  I found early on that I would get distracted while on Social Media trying to work.  Kind of like Dug, the talking Dog in the movie Up.  I’d be in the middle of a post and all of a sudden-  Squirrel!!!  I’d get distracted by one post and then another and another, until I forgot what I was supposed to be doing.  So I use filters to get rid of distractions, and I also use a timer app on my phone (set to 5 minutes), just in case my focus wanes.
Hopefully this easy hack will help you stay on track as well.

Now, where did I put that DVD of Up…

My New Website / Upcoming Workshops in Long Beach, CA:

I’ve launched my personal website: www.johngarey.com.  That’s where all of my blog posts live now.  The page titled, John On Tour is where you’ll see where I’m presenting and my new site also has all of the the episodes of The John Garey Show.  Check out my list of my current workshops and book me to teach at your studio or conference.

If you’d like to get all of the latest news and blog posts from me, please join my mailing list.

Upcoming Workshops in Long Beach, CA : Join me for fresh new content and fun workshops over the next few months at John Garey Fitness & Pilates in Long Beach.  I’ll be teaching 6 hours of workshops on each date.  The workshops are eligible for STOTT PILATES CECs and PMA CECs.

My first workshop day is Saturday, February 10.  I’m focusing on 3 Pilates Mat workshops:

11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Elastic Pilates

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Advanced Mat with a Twist

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Pilates Mat: Refresh from Head to To

Get more info and sign up here.

Check out all of the upcoming workshop dates here.

We hit a snag with our new set.  If you can believe it, construction is behind schedule.  I know – I find it hard to believe as well.  It’s coming along though – I hope you’re following us on FaceBook, where I’m posting photo and video updates of the progress.  Fortunately, we had a couple of months worth of videos filmed before we made the move to Wheaton, Il.  Plus, I’m visiting our studio in Long Beach about once per month and we’ve been filming there each time.  So, we’re sticking to our goal of producing 3 new workouts per week!

Here are our recent workouts:

Intermediate Reformer with Flex-Band®  1/29/18

Step Interval Team Workout 1/26/18

Mat and Arc Barrel Workout with Jeremy 1/24/18

Well, that’s it for this time.  I hope you stay focused, dream big, and take action.
See you soon!



  1. Patrizia on March 28, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Hello John,
    I’ve subscribed to the online tv and it’s going to be great! But is there a way to get a personal plan for my goals… like which workouts to do on which days to achieve the results I’d like? Do I schedule a separate consultation for that? I have every specific goals in mind and I’m not new to working out or to Pilates. Just want to utilize the most effective workouts for my goals.
    Thank you

    • johngarey on April 2, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Hi Patrizia,
      At this time, we don’t offer private consultation, but feel free to send me an email about what your goals are and I’m happy to give you recommendations for your program. You can reach me at johngarey@gmail.com. 🙂

  2. Mariana on January 8, 2019 at 5:58 am

    HI John

    I just wanna say that I have only subscribed 2 months ago but I was committed and did workouts with you 4-5 times a week. I gotta say progression really surprised me as it was very fast. Basically just a quick thank you and I like your little mishaps sometimes and your lovely dogs, makes me giggle.

    Huge thanks


    • John Garey on January 8, 2019 at 6:20 am

      HI Mariana! Thank you for your message! And, thank you for being a subscriber to JGTV. Congrats on your commitment. Thats really cool. The progressions should only happen at your own pace, but it sounds like you kept up with them well. The dogs make my day! And, if I tried to have the videos be perfect, we would not get out any content. 🙂
      You’re so welcome!

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