I've written before about how I don't really like the whole New Years Resolution thing. I just think that it's so diluted a concept that most people make some crazy list of all their goals they hope to achieve in the new year, then announce them publicly, then go after them for a couple weeks, and then go back to their old ways. I do think there's something to be said about using the beginning of a new year to really sit with yourself and assess the direction that you're going in. But, if you don't set goals correctly, there really isn't a point. So, set goals you really, truly want. Take the time to sit down with the things you plan (not hope) to do and make sure the list is one you CAN achieve. Have a plan, even if it's just one step, have some sort of plan.
I look forward to a new year with excitement. I have a gym in California that is completely ready to house all of the things I've ever wanted out of my coaching career. I have another gym in DC with a coach I really trust and believe in keeping the brand and the growth alive. I have my health and my relationships that are ever-changing and ever-gorwing. I am honestly and excitedly curious as to what 2013 will bring for me, and what I'll be able to dictate for myself.
To start the year, I have some lofty fitness goals. I want to finish top-10 at the CrossFit Games Regionals in arguably one of the toughest regions in the world. Finishing top 7 would mean being amongst 6 previous Games competitors, and that is pretty crazy. I am hosting my biggest competition yet with the Courage Games 5 in early February, and I can not wait to see how that changes my relationships with athletes, coaches, and gyms in the Bay Area. Besides wanting success in my own CrossFit (as a sport) goals, I plan for growth of both my gyms and a hugely successful competition. Those are my health and fitness goals. They are pretty vague, but that is how I like to plan things. The next steps are the real, honest, tough ones.
I know what the end result would look like, I also have a pretty general idea of how to get there. The most basic way to push towards the end results is to constantly ask myself if what I am doing is helping me move in that direction, When I wake up, I ask myself how my sleep was. Did I go to bed early enough? Did I sleep long enough? If I didn't, why? Is what I'm eating moving me in the right direction? Why am I eating this, what would be better? So on so forth. My goal is to have a clear and distinct reason - that is easy to find - for most of what I do. And if I don't, NOT to make excises. I need to be able to own up to the bad choices I make and not lie to myself. And the more honest I am with myself about each and everything that I do, the easier it will become to make good decisions.
My mother once gave me a little piece of paper that said "what did you do to make yourself a better baseball player today?" This was in high school at the only time in my entire baseball career (besides when I retired) when I was having a hard time motivating myself to go to games. She told me to look at it every night and answer honestly. She knew that I wanted to get a scholarship to a division 1 school and play pro ball. So she found a way for me to always keep myself in check. I find myself using her method whenever I am looking to start something new, or re-motivate myself towards something. And this time, I change the question a little:
Is what you are doing helping you down the best path to your goals?
If I can ask that of myself a few times per day, and then be honest with myself about my answer (that is clearly the most important part if you haven't picked up on that already), I will most likely archive my goals.
Be honest with yourself , hold yourself accountable, OWN who you are and what you do. Have a great 2013 everyone!
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