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Confession time. I failed at my March goals. We’re not talking an epic failure but I certainly had more “not completed” than completed. Contemplating this, I realize that it’s about this time each year that my motivation wanes, I get overwhelmed, and then just give up! Well, dammit! Not this year! This girl is going to get back on track, put my big girl panties on, and put my action steps back into action.  I had someone ask me the other day how I find time to run and train when I have so much else going on in my life. I said, it’s simple, I make it a priority. Hmmm, I make it a priority. Even when I don’t feel like running, I lace up my shoes and get out the door. It’s only a matter of time before I am grateful to be outside, sweating, panting, and in my zone. Why haven’t I ever applied that to the rest of my goals, to the rest of my life?

Reaching Goals in 2016

I reviewed my goals for March and realized that while my intentions were good, my follow through was lacking. It’s not that I didn’t want to achieve a specific goal, I failed to find a place to “squeeze it in”.  Why would I actually schedule purge, clean, and organize a kitchen drawer? Because knowing I want to do it and actually “getting around to it” are two very different things. Guess what? My mind wouldn’t see it as a priority. Yes, I put my fitness IN my schedule, every mile run, every lap swam, every crunch, well, crunched, you get the idea. And I do it because if it’s scheduled, I do it. I work outside the home, have a family, and run a business on the side, so waiting to see if that drawer will miraculously fit in somewhere is a pipe dream.

So I’m taking a page from my dear daughter, Tab, and giving block scheduling a try. I’m also going to revive a few things I let go. My “quick list”, those tasks, projects, and chores that are be accomplished in just a few minutes. You know, while you’re waiting for water to boil, the kids to come out of school, or if you finish a scheduled task early. I also will be more attentive to my running list and review them each Monday morning when I plan my week. Those action steps to my yearly goals will be scheduled and accomplished! Plans are only failures if you refuse to tweak them to fit your style.

Reaching Goals in 2016

So… my April Goals are to

Health: Begin marathon training (NYC Marathon here I come!)  Ironic that this came first??

Home: Finish purging and organizing kitchen.

Financial: Continue debt reduction plan, pinch those pennies and save an additional $50 a month to put towards debt

Social: One hand written note to connect each week.

Personal: Finish my photography class. Write. Write, every day, only if it’s for 5 minutes. One word at a time.

Reaching Goals in 2016. Reigniting my motivation

Cynthia
Running life at my own pace, laughing the whole time