We’re well into February now– eyes blazing towards a celebration of either V-day or Me-day. (Apparently that’s a thing? I knew about Galentine’s Day, but Me-day is new to me.) Soooooo… just wondering. If you set New Year’s Resolutions, how are they going? I know, right? If you’re like most people, you’re already all “resolutions schmesolutions. I’ll do better in 2019.” Don’t worry, it’s never too late in the year to set Intentions— which are a completely different thing, and might just be the thing you need to get (or stay) on track.
I think, though, part of loving your life is about having goals. Looking back on some of the crappy times in my life, I was just trying to survive. I was just putting my head down and trying to continue putting one foot in front of the other, even though I didn’t really have any idea where I was heading. But even in the times that weren’t exactly crappy crisis situations, but rather just times of “blah-ness”, I realize now that I didn’t really have any goals. I mean, sure, I wanted to lose weight… but most of us want that. I wanted something so generic as to be “financially stable” (which to me meant not having to be the 30 year old moving back in with her parents) but that’s at least in the back of everyone’s head. These weren’t really goals, at least not in how I was treating them. These ideas were more like afterthoughts in my life.
I like how Merriam-Webster defines goal: the object of a person’s ambition or effort. If you really have a goal, it nags and nags until you’re sometimes ready to slam the door in it’s face, just because it won’t leave you alone. A real goal brings you a triple espresso as you’re ready to go to sleep and/or crawls into bed with you at 4:30 in the morning. A goal is something you’re diligently working toward, even if that sometimes looks like one step forward and two (or three) steps back. I’ve got some big goals not only for my body, but also for this blog– and how I’m able to do life. You can read about (and help with!) one of my goals at the link at the end of this blog.
I see a huge difference in the gym and in my clients between those who have goals and those who are just there because they feel like they are supposed to be. The ones with goals will dig a little deeper each time, they will get out of their comfort zones, they’re much more interested in their workouts than they are their cell phones or whoever else is in the gym. They’re the ones who show up even when it’s rainy and cold, who have fueled properly for their workout, and who give it everything they’ve got. The ones without goals seem to just be going through the motions. They walk slowly on a treadmill, or they do the same workout with the same weights for months on end. There’s no passion, or sense of urgency. And really, no sweat either.
One of the best things you can do to Love your Life is to either set some really big goals, or get busy achieving the ones you’ve already set. Maybe you want to retire by 50, or pay off your house wildly early. Or have the best body of your life by time you hit 40. Or you know, maybe you just want to be able to get off the floor after playing with your grandkids without worrying that your knee will collapse. Maybe you want to be able to bend down and touch your toes without getting winded. Whatever it is, today is a great day to start getting busy on achieving your goals. By doing so, my prediction is this: you’ll ignite a passion and sense of purpose in your life that will start spilling over onto other things. If you were floundering before, suddenly your focus will become like a laser.
If you want to Love your Life, set some big goals and get busy achieving them! See what happens as you become passionate and focused– not just to your goals– but to your attitude and mindset!
My BIG Goal:
Hi, friends! It’s been a long time dream of mine to share my love of health and fitness with a broad audience through Public Speaking, Blogs, Seminars, and even a book (that’s still in the works). I have a fantastic opportunity to grow my audience and my skills so that I can take “Pudge” all across the country.
I always believed that I couldn’t really make such a huge change because of how badly I’d let myself deteriorate. (Bad knees, bad back, asthma, zero energy.) But I met someone who took me step by step so that I could do this, and he never let me quit on myself. I want to be a spokesperson and guidepost for everyone who wants to get there, but either doesn’t believe they can or doesn’t have the knowledge to get there. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity or what I need to be able to do it, please click the link below.
Thank you so much for your support!