Wow, it's over. I'm finally finished with my undergraduate studies. Does this mean that I am done learning? Never. The journey that is education is never through. And for those of you that look forward to the "light at the end of the tunnel" when it comes to their time in school, I don't understand their enthusiasm toward this end. There is a sense of adventure in the pursuit of education for me. Now that I have my B.Sc.
I love it when my clients try something new. When they set a goal and go for it! Their excitement and enthusiasm is equal to that of a drug. It makes me want to set a loftier goal and go after it. Often, like a honeymoon, that enthusiasm wanes. The long hours of training. The time and monetary investment. The early mornings or denied nights out so you can achieve your goal. They can take their tole. Its hard to do without or deny pleasures for a goal that seems so far off.
I was always one of those people to accept a challenge. When someone told me I couldn't do something, I was determined to prove them wrong!
Looking back on my life, all of my most exciting adventures and learning experiences were because I was first challenged by someone else or myself. 6 months in Spain followed by backpacking through Europe. Moving to NJ by myself for a new job. Playing rugby in college. Qualifying to run the Boston Marathon. And most recently, an open water swim triathlon.
We've all done it - set goals for the New Year, and then we don't follow through. It leaves us feeling defeated and depressed. Why not start your year out with goals that you will actually attain? How do you do that? It is very simple if you take the time to think it through. I once read an article from IDEA about setting SMART goals. The acronym SMART will help you make sure you are setting goals that you will actually meet.
We all have something that we are afraid of and it is different for each of us. But one thing we all have in common is that we are afraid to fail. That if we can't do something that we try we are failures. That can't be further from the truth. Failures are just learning experiences, learning how to do something differently so that we can grow and get better at whatever it is we are attempting, whether it is to lose weight, be faster, stronger, or more flexible.
What is your fitness goal that you have going into your fitness program?Is it to say the least, fitting your perception of yourself in a long term healthy state?Are you ok with your goal objectively and practically?Have you got issues with what think you’re doing to get your goal accomplished?
The priest at our church has asked at least two or three times in the last 6 months how many people are still keeping up with their New Year's resolutions. My husband always chuckles and shakes his head as he sees my hand go up. I'm proud of the fact that I set a goal and go for it, but don't for a minute think that it gets easier or that I don't have my own doubts and fears. I do! I just refuse to look back on my life and say, "I wish I had...."
I always love the start of school, and not just because my kids go back to school now and life returns to some semblence of normal. (What exactly is "normal" anyway?!) But just like the new year, its the opportunity to start again. A clean slate. A new notebook without a single page written upon. The possibilities of what the year will unfold.