Creating Tunnel Vision – Kevin Meraz

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Kevin Meraz – @LabCoat24

Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks these days is to get out of your own head and pay no mind to the naysayers. I am a victim of this abnormality as I’m sure many people are. The problems we face may be solved much more efficiently than we are aware of if we just cancel out that negative energy or comments that surround our actions needed to accomplish our goals. How many times have we heard,  “Oh you shouldn’t lift so often” or “Why do you get up so early, don’t you have a life?” In all honestly, it is nobody’s business what you do or how frequently you do something but your own. So, whether you choose to try for PR every day or not, that choice is completely up to you! Everyday we get to play a part in a film that is called our lives, and believe me, that film is short.  So shouldn’t every moment require our maximum effort? Why shouldn’t we go hard and give it our all every single day? The answer is that we should. More importantly, that sweat, blood and tears should be directed at creating a vision, which coincides with setting multiple short and long-term goals.


More often than not, you hear people say that working toward a goal is much more gratifying than not working toward anything at all. While this statement bears some weight, it is often not that easy zeroing in on your specific goals, whether long or short-term. For example, one of my short-term goals is to be able to hit 405 lbs. on the “Big 3” by my 25th birthday, which is in 4 months.  Every moment inside and outside the gym is dedicated toward accomplishing that goal and getting ready for the next one.  My day begins around 3:30 a.m. and from that precise moment I ask myself the following question, “ Are you ready to do everything it takes to achieve your desired goals?” By the time it’s time to get some sleep, I should be able to look back on my day and answer the question I set forth in the morning and hope that every day the answer is the same. There are several factors that can negatively affect your day and set you back for a moment, however, this is where creating that a vision really comes in handy.

So how do you create that tunnel vision and where do you retrieve that inspiration? The answer to that question is complete up to you. I recently saw a video where a Navy General gave a speech about making a change in the world. Before he revealed the many ways in which we can inspire and create change, he illustrated a very simple point that opened up my thinking process. In the video, he mentioned that while our goals may take a while to accomplish, completing a very simple task at the start of the day could help guide you toward completing that goal.  Do you have any idea what that task is?  It is as simple as making your bed every morning! He illustrated that by completing this simple task, you are more likely to complete more tasks throughout your day because you have already completed one. Think about this for a second? Imagine if we apply the same logic to our daily lives. If we think about our goals and break down what it will take to get there. How many “simple” tasks must we complete before reaching that finish line? This is how you create that tunnel vision.  Sit down and break down what small tasks you must accomplish to reach a short-term goal? From that point, visualize them, study them and live them. The moment you create a goal for yourself is the moment that you zero in on it. Do not let anything obscure that light at the end of that tunnel. Let every moment of everyday work in your favor. Before you know it, your vision will be laser-focused that everyday noise and negativity will be unnoticeable. As for me, I continue to visualize everything I need to do in the coming months to achieve my goal on the “Big 3.”


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