I CAN & I WILL

 

My vision for 2016, (let's call it Everest), feels pretty much impossible sometimes. But, that's because it's not going to be achieved in one day. It will be achieved one task, one rep, one meal, one hour, one phone call, one day at a time. It's going to take COMMITMENT. There are going to be days I don't feel like waking up early, or evenings when I am exhausted. There will always be something else I could be doing. There will be people who say "let's skip the workout, and go have a drink." Or, times when cooking seems like a chore, and ordering pizza would be easy. 

The EASY route, never leads to success!

Typically, when we choose the easy route, it's because we have focused on the large mountain before us, and not the small steps that get us there. This is why I didn't succeed at some of my goals in 2015. 

EXAMPLE: 
You are in line at the coffee shop, preferably (cough cough) Summit. You have 2 choices: an egg frittata, or a chocolate muffin. You know which one is the healthier option. You either think "I have 15 pounds to lose, that will take FOREVER. I will go with the scone, and start eating better tomorrow..." Because, you're looking at the entire mountain in front of you. Or, you think "Today, I promised myself I would write down what I eat. I'll take the frittata." Because you've focused on the small goal for today. It is, simply, one step up the mountain. 

One rep, one class, one day at a time, ONE CHOICE at a time, stay strong and committed. Keep your eye on your Big Hairy-Ass Goals (BHAG) for 2016. And, by December, all of these things WILL happen. 

But, you have to BELIEVE that you CAN. 
My vision for 2016 was teetering back and forth between extraordinary, and comfortable. There's the crazy, bold version, that feels incredibly overwhelming and scary. I am even apprehensive to even speak it out loud. So, I was finding myself reverting to a more fathomable one.

However...

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and not achieving our mark." -Michaelangelo

My health vision feels like a mountain before me! It's going to take dedication, and commitment, so I am doing this kicking and screaming. I am sharing my BHAG with you. Eek! When I am ready to throw in the towel, and I want to die hanging from the pull-up bar, I am going to hate that I told you this. BUT, when I have successfully completed it, I am going to LOVE that I told you this. Now, you all have to hold me accountable, and do the same for yourself:
  • 30 perfect, full-form Pushups
  • More than 1 pull-up
  • 100 Double Unders
  • At least 1 adventurous activity per month (rock climbing, hiking, hot yoga, etc)
  • Take 4 classes that aren't my own each week
  • Participate in at least 1 race (swim, run, or obstacle course)
  • Lose 5 pounds (Or, for my clothes to fit looser, if I lose fat and tone muscle)
  • 80% clean eating, 20% indulgence 
Some of those goals were the same last year, which can be discouraging. But, what I also forget, is several things aren't on that list any more, because I DID achieve them, and am moving forward, (like taking 3 classes a week that aren't my own, I'm increasing to 4). Or I did them, and need to get back on track, (80% clean eating became more like 60% at the end of the year).

SHARE YOUR BIG HAIRY ASS GOALS WITH ME. (If you're nervous, that means they are PERFECT)!

Comment below with your BHAG, or post on facebook/twitter/instagram using the hashtag #icanandiwill2016. One lucky person, who uses the hashtag this month, will win the book "What to Do When It's Your Turn, and It's Always Your Turn," by Seth Godin (my fave author). 

I KNOW YOU'RE NERVOUS TO SHARE -Should I? Can I? ... YOU WILL. And, don't leave me hanging, literally)!

Keep the Passion, 
Katie