So, I’m spinning off Lora’s post last week, but I’m ramping up the timeline. As you know every Thursday we attempt to throw out some type of challenge or let you know how Lora and I are challenging ourselves. One of the first challenges I threw down was losing 20 pounds before my son’s wedding. Ok so that might have been a bit unrealistic. In an update on that, I managed to lose 10. Unfortunately I gained 5 of those back before the wedding when stress got the better of me. We all try, and we all fail at times. It is all about getting back on the horse and trying again. Whether it’s losing weight, exercising, getting a rejection for a writing project you submitted, or a million other things I can think of off the top of my head, the key to meeting any challenge is to persevere and not let those step backs derail you from your end game.
I truly believe you can obtain almost anything in life if you are persistent, willing to make adjustments and of course a touch of realism helps in the dream or goal you’re pursuing. Example: you will never be a famous singer if you can’t carry a tune. That would be me for sure! But if music is a passion, make adjustments. Learn to play an instrument or write songs. Because while I believe in reaching for the unattainable, I also realize there are certain things that just cannot be changed in life. The fact that I’m tone deaf is one of them. No I never had any dreams of being a singer, unless you count when I was 7 years old and I thought I could be the next Maria Osmond, I’m just using it as an example.
There are exactly 11 weeks from today until January 1, 2016. Everyone waits until the 1st to make their New Year’s resolutions and I’m not quite sure why that is. Wouldn’t it be great to start and reach at least one goal before then? How sweet would it be to celebrate bringing in the New Year with one of those resolutions already checked off your list? Talk about setting a pattern for 2016! For me I think it would be a great way to say Tricia has pulled on her big girl boots and going to kick ass this next year! How about you?
I’m looking for at least 5 people willing to push and meet a goal of their choosing before January 1st. Be realistic, but challenge yourself. I need at least 5 people willing to check in with their progress on the goal of their choosing. I am working on a few surprises for the next 11 weeks to encourage and reward those meeting their challenges by the New Year. (More to come on that in the coming weeks.) If your goal is anything that can be shown in a before and after picture, be sure to take a before picture.
Here is a list of popular resolutions and ways to tweak them in order to make them attainable in 11 weeks versus 12 months:
Organization-How many people make resolutions to organize their house? A bunch! – So if you wanted to make this your goal, maybe pick one or two rooms to organize before the 1st. How great would it be to have that head start?
Weight loss-Okay let’s just be honest. This is probably by far the most popular resolution out there. You can tell by all the diet products as the front of the store come the first of the year.- So if you want to lose say 50 pounds next year, Start now and in 11 weeks see if you can lose 10, 15, or if you’re really ready to give it all you’ve got 20. You’ll be on a roll at the first of the year if you start out with part of that challenge already met!
Exercise/Joining a Gym-You’ll notice the first of the year brings a multitude of offers by the local gyms offering reduced membership plans. Why wait? Why not get that head start on becoming the fit new you?
Next week Lora and I will share our goal to meet in time for the New Year and some more inspiration, so please be thinking about yours and working on the courage to join us here and go public with them. Support is everything! (Oh yeah! This is kind of funny. Totally forgot to tell Lora she was doing this. Ha Ha!) Bet she knows now. I expect a call or email any second. Whoops!
Okay folks, these are just a few of the more popular resolutions people make, but there are so many more. Let’s not wait! Let’s pull on our big girl/or boy boots and get to kickin’ some ass now! Grab that courage and join us. Being accountable to someone is one of the best ways to stay on track. There has to be at least 5 people out there brave enough to go on record with their goal and progress!