Believe it or not, we are pretty much mid-way through 2018… It really doesn’t feel that long ago when I wrote my posts about taking control of your New Years resolutions and lighting your fire to start 2018.
So how are we all doing?
I’m sure that some of us are still firing on all cylinders and crushing the goals we set for ourselves, while others may have hit a few bumps along the way.
Sometimes stuff just happens and we get knocked off track. Or maybe the goals we set at the beginning of the year actually weren’t the right ones after all.
In any case, we don’t have to throw in the towel and call it a day (or year)… we can start fresh and refocus on working towards our best – today.
Just as I don’t believe goals can only be set at the start of a year, I also don’t believe we have to wait until a new year to restart – so let’s take action now!
I strive to be open and honest with you – where I am strong and where I fall short in the various topics I write about… Well, for this post I am putting myself in the bucket of getting knocked off track.
One of my themes for this year was to physically push myself beyond what I thought I could do (by my own standards). To accomplish that, given my various responsibilities around family, work, etc., I decided to create a training plan built around early morning workouts before anyone else wakes up.
This didn’t feel like a huge stretch for me since I did it before for months on end. 5am was my sacred time to hit the weights, and I remembered feeling like a million bucks as I headed off to work each day. Well this time… it just isn’t working…
Night after night I set my alarm, lay out my workout clothes, and in the morning open my eyes when the alarm goes off… but it just doesn’t happen. The alarm gets bumped back an hour, and when I wake up I feel like I am starting my day from a place of failure.
Part of me keeps telling myself to suck it up and roll myself out of bed – and maybe that will be the answer. However as I am writing, I realize my approach needs to change.
All that said, my point is that despite my struggles around my training plan, my goal remains. My 2018 quest for a Spartan Trifecta remains. I just need to think about how I can train differently.
It’s time to reset my approach to training for the remainder of 2018 to allow myself to get in the best shape possible to attack the Spartan Sprint (next week), and Spartan Super (October).
I need to learn from what is and is not working so that I can put myself in the best position to win come game day.
Reset, Refocus, and Move FORWARD
It’s tough to look at ourselves in the mirror and admit when we fell short, slipped up, or aren’t quite hitting the mark.
And that’s OK.
Something I’ve said before, and something I need to continually remind myself, is that during these times when we fail or when things aren’t going as planned are when we really learn and grow.
So for those of us (like me) who need to press the reset button and get back on track for our goals, read on and let’s get back up on our feet and reignite our fire for the rest of this year and beyond.
First and foremost, give yourself permission to reset and restart. It sounds simple and easy, however it is probably one of the most difficult steps.
Well, let’s be honest. It is far easier to ignore reality, convince yourself you will eventually do what you say you would do (and don’t), or just throw your hands up in the air and quit. All are much easier than putting in the work to turn your season around.
Give yourself permission to press that reset button and create the opportunity for positive change.
Now that you’ve made the decision to recommit and get back after your goals, you can start to dig deep on why things didn’t originally go to plan.
What has gotten in the way of the goals you set out to accomplish? Was your approach not ideal given certain circumstances in your life? Did things out of your control (or in your control) get in the way? Did you find out that your original goals weren’t actually what you wanted?
Take the time to get clear on why you aren’t where you wanted to be at this point in the year.
Full disclosure, this part isn’t fun – it’s coming to terms with why we messed up. And it’s where the best learning will happen. Plus, it’s all up hill from here!
Knowing what you know now about what did and didn’t work, what can you do differently to get the results you want? What else is possible now?
This is where things get interesting (in a good way).
Take what you learned from the reflection step and be honest with yourself about what you need to do or change to be successful. Get clear on what you need to start or stop doing to effectively pursue your goals.
What do you need to change around your schedule, priorities or surroundings to increase the potential for success?
Take stock of where you are spending your time. Often times, despite what we say our priorities are, how we actually spend our time tells a very different story.
Also check in on your support system. Are those closest to you building you up towards your goals, or are they sucking the motivation right out of you?
Once you understand what you need to do differently, then it’s time to…
Based on what you’ve learned about yourself and your goals thus far, what is your new focus, goal, or desire for the rest of the year?
Write down your new goal(s) and reignite that inner fire to push yourself to be the very best version of you from here on out.
Today is a new beginning and a new opportunity to regain your excitement to improve and develop yourself.
And if you ask me, this is where real transformation can happen.
Well, simply put, it is your will, passion and desire that is pushing you now and nothing else.
Not some artificial starting line or default expectation that we all feel at the start of a new year.
No one expects us to light this fire back up mid-way through the year. So many have already dumped a bucket of water on what’s left of their few glowing embers and are sitting on the bench waiting until January 1, 2019.
But not you… not us. We took the time to be honest with ourselves about where we felt short, why we fell short, what we can do differently to succeed, and reaffirmed what our goals are for the future.
Now, there is only one more thing left to do…
Get off the sideline and TAKE ACTION!
Nope… couldn’t think of another ‘R’ word. Sorry, I’ll try harder next time.
Learn from your trips and falls and do things differently. Do better. Each and every day, do better. Don’t *think* about doing thing better… get out there and actually do them.
Don’t just keep planning or waiting for the ‘perfect timing’ to get back on the field. Spoiler alert – there is no perfect time – so don’t waste another second to take action now!
Discussion Question: What is one goal that you are falling short on this year, and what can you do differently to get back on track and begin taking action towards hitting it?
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