Getting back on track with goals

Getting Back on Track with Goals

by Sara on February 20, 2017

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It’s mid February, which means if you set a health or fitness goal at the beginning of the year you’re probably doing a little self check in right about now.  And you realize you’re either kicking ass or realizing your fell off the boat a little bit.  So I’m going to get really honest right about now and just say, I not only fell off the boat I plunged down to the bottom of the water.  And didn’t even try to get back out.

I assume that my year started much like everyone else, with the best intentions to make a change.  I used to be the person to make a workout plan first and arrange the rest of my life around it.  Fitness has always been the one thing that made me feel good about myself.  It made me feel strong and bad ass and even if it was just 45 minutes it made me feel that I could accomplish anything.

Lately though, I have been terrible at making a plan.  Terrible in that I haven’t even tried.  Why?  Because the last time I did and got really excited about a non work related goal it blew up in my face.  So I pretty much gave up.  Every Sunday I would sit down and look at the schedule for classes and couldn’t commit to anything because what if a work deadline came up.  I signed up for classes and then the night before would cancel.  Instead of going to the gym after work I just wanted to

I wish I could sit here and tell you I have finally learned the secret to balancing work and personal life.  I haven’t.  I have learned a few things though.

You have to keep going even when you don’t want to
Yesterday I woke up feeling really sorry for myself.  I moped and whined about how I had given up so much of my life for my job which hasn’t been satisfying me lately.  I had given up running because my body just wasn’t having it anymore.  I had given up on blogging for the most part because I wasn’t feeling motivated or creative enough to write.  And the more I sulked the worse I felt.  So I decided to stop feeling pathetic and just go to the gym.  You’re not going to feel better about ANYTHING by sitting around and feeling bad.  I didn’t really want to do anything but I sure felt better once I took the first step.

Just do SOMETHING
Stop worrying about the past three weeks or two months or however many days its been.  Stop worrying about it needing to be the best or most fun, because it probably won’t be either.  You just have to get up off the couch and do SOMETHING.  Just get moving.

It isn’t ever going to be perfect.
I’m starting to think that life hands you disappointments to remind you to stop putting all your eggs in one basket and get better at moderation.  When I ditch my daily sweat sesh to work hard on a work project that doesn’t turn out the way I want I’m reminded not to give up on my outside of work life.  When I lose focus at work to focus on a PR that doesn’t go as planned I’m reminded that my career is important too.  It’s a constant juggling act and I’m so passionate it’s so easy for me to dive head first into something and give it my all.  Sometimes you’re going to get derailed and that’s ok.  As long as you don’t let it discourage you and keep on going.

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So, how’s everyone’s New Year been going?  Setting goals and crushing them already?  Setting a mantra to help you push through the hard times?  Awesome.  I’ve been over here sitting on the couch trying to shake this awful cold I picked up while traveling for Christmas.  Airplanes I tell ya.  Germ incubators.  Anyways.

Of course being sick requires a fair amount of lounging around scrolling endlessly on Instagram and seeing everyone’s amazing goals.  Let me tell ya I follow some pretty ambitious peeps.  The way it should be.  It got me thinking about the past year, what I achieved and how to keep that momentum up.

What helped me grow in 2016

2016 was the year I finally hit a huge goal of mine and became a ACSM certified personal trainer.  I discovered a love for weight lifting and spinning and let running take a back seat for a while.  I was given a semi-new position at work which has been INSANELY challenging but so SO rewarding that although I question myself A LOT I have to look back and say I have come a long LONG way in just one year.  I spent 9 months of 2016 living in a semi long distance marriage, which was NOT easy.  Thank goodness by October Ralph started a new job on Baltimore and we get to live together like a real married couple.

Through everything, whenever I was feeling not smart enough, not successful enough or like I was screwing up everything I was doing, I kept coming back to one that one mantra.  Relentless.  Every day I reminded myself that no matter how hard it was, I wasn’t going to quit.  And believe me there were plenty of moments where I thought about giving up.  I would have myself a nice bitch-fest/cry/pity party for about 20 minutes and then I would come back to that word would pop up from the back of my head.  Relentless.  “You’re not going to quit now girl, you’re better than that.”

My Momentum Jewelry bracelet showing my favorite mantra for 2016, RelentlessMy mantra for 2017

Why mantra and not resolution or specific goal?  Goals and resolutions are great {I have some more specific things in mind that I’m going to keep to myself for a bit} but I want something that can apply every day.  Something that can help me when unexpected roadblocks come up.  Something that will give me the swift kick in the butt that I sometimes need.

Everything I came up with felt forced.  Driven?  Too basic.  Efficient?  Nope.

And then it hit me.  It was {literally} starting me in the face, because it’s on a post-it I wrote myself and stuck on my desk at work.

A post-it showing my new mantra for 2017, I am responsible for

It’s pretty simple, cut out the “I deserve” and replace it with “I am responsible for”.  I can’t take credit for making it up, it’s from the EntreLeadership podcast – Episode 170 and it really stuck with me.

Think about it, how many times a day do we say that things fair?  I deserve more work life balance and I deserve to be more successful at work and I deserve to have a happy marriage and have everyone treat me with respect.  Wrong.  I don’t deserve that.  I earn it.  I earn it by working at it.  So at the end of 2016, after listening to the podcast during vacation,  I slapped that pretty little post-it up on my desk and vowed to change my attitude.

I am responsible for creating the life I want to live.  If I want more work life balance I have to figure out how to be more efficient and prioritize.  It’s no ones job to take care of my life but my own.  So let’s make 2017 the year that I step up, set big goals and them crush them.

What will your mantra for 2017 be?  What are you going to be responsible for changing this year?

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