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 SAG-15-Specific Goals in Prison 

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Michael Santos

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Michael and Justin take a trip down memory lane and discuss what their initial prison goals were and what inspired Justin to adjust his goals.

Justin, like myself, arrived at prison forty pounds heavier than his usual weight due to things like unhealthy eating, increased alcohol consumption, and other coping mechanisms a lot of people use when they are dealing with high levels of stress.

With Justin carrying around more weight than he liked at the time he set out to lose 40 pounds. He began running and working out for six hours daily. He can recollect one day when he was proud of running ten miles and repping out ten pull-ups. He went to share the good news with Michael, when Michael asked him a question that shifted Justin’s thought process. Michael sheepishly grinned at Justin and asked him, well who is going to pay you to run all of those miles?

Justin was caught off guard about Michael’s question and Michael then elaborated on why he asked him that question. Michael suggested that Justin shift his thinking and actions around how will he provide for his family upon release? What skills can you learn today that can help you achieve success upon your release? Michael shared that unless Justin wanted to become a fitness model at age 33, then he could be spending his time more wisely to develop the plan and skills he needed to accomplish his goals.

Justin applied Michael’s thinking and cut down on his exercise from six hours to two hours daily, he began reading and comprehending what he was reading through book reports. Justin applied the skills he already had from his professional career, researched and studied cases surrounding white collar crime, and became one of the most influential figures in crisis management with appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, The Washington Post, among other nationally credible news sources.

You can apply the principles of creating specific goals if you are in prison or not. If you are reading this article, you have a higher chance of experiencing incarceration so I will focus on how your goals being surrounded by incarceration.

 There are so many different facets you can set your goals around. You can attain a degree from a university, write a book, study the stock or crypto markets, develop a curriculum. The possibilities are endless. 

Read Earning Freedom and understand how Michael changed his mindset to go from defeated to leaving prison a married author who had earned six figures worth of income after a 26-year prison sentence.

We highly encourage that you don’t waste your time doing pushups or getting involved with prison politics and spend time creating specific goals that align with your skillset to think about life after prison and how you can achieve success for yourself and your family.

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